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# Elderly

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# lw252
A group of elderly Irish expats in Manchester are on a mission to save longwave radio
The service will end in 2019 and will be replaced by a digital service which campaigners say many older people in the UK will not be able to access.
# FOLD IReland
'I wasn't alive for six years, then I started living again': How new homes made a huge difference to the elderly
A new development recently won the top prize at the Irish Council for Social Housing’s 8th Biennial Community Housing Awards.
# plea
Appeal for mourners to attend funeral of Irishman who died alone in Manchester
The Council of Irish Associations in Manchester are making funeral arrangements.
# Fair Deal
Growing old in Ireland: 'If you want support, you're going to have to pay for it'
Whether its Fair Deal contributions, nursing home fees or general funding in the care system, money gets in the way of older people deciding where they spend their final years.
# Home
'I was told it'd only be for four weeks': Ireland's older people describe life in a nursing home
A major study has highlighted the need for residents to be more involved in decision-making.
# Drogheda
Burglars pretending to be gardaí force their way into elderly man's home
An undisclosed sum of cash was stolen.
Voices
'The rigid way our social welfare system works means we are losing good care workers'
Carers receive wages barely above the minimum wage, little guarantee of hours and have precious little career advancement prospects, writes Michael Harty.
# Dublin City Council
Clamping complaints: Elderly woman with no mobile or credit card clamped while at mass
A passerby stopped with the woman and had to pay the fine.
# Myanmar
Left to die at the side of a road - south east Asian country's ageing population leads to humanitarian crisis
Years of domestic turmoil and a health system in tatters has seen Myanmar abandoning its elderly to their fate.
# Kerry
Kerry nursing home told its system for residents' cash is 'not secure'
An inspection in April this year also found some staff had not received training in medication management and infection control.
# Inspirational
Kerry woman (107) who emigrated to America finally fulfills dream of receiving high school diploma
Hanna Lovett was born in a small town in Kerry in 1910. She moved to the US when she was 12.
# Fair Deal
'They simply can't afford it': Older people being priced out of nursing homes
Age Action has said some nursing homes are charging “extortionate costs”.
# Beaumont
Couple in their 80s 'traumatised' after holiday money stolen in violent robbery
Two men have been arrested and are being questioned at Clontarf Garda Station.
Voices
We need compassion as a priority in how we care for people like Michael and Kathleen
Throughout the country, decisions are being made for reasons that trump people’s relationships and families.
# Fair Deal
Elderly couple married for 63 years separated as one is rejected for nursing home care
Michael Devereaux (90) broke down in tears as he explained the ‘nightmare’ situation.
# ageing population
The Citizens' Assembly is back this weekend - this time they're dealing with the issue of ageing
The Assembly recently delivered its final report and recommendations on the Eight Amendment.
# We Need To Talk About Dad
Brendan Courtney's dad passes away months after documentary on care for the elderly
A documentary aired at the start of this year looked at the complexities of organising home care for the elderly.
# Portadown
40-year-old man charged after couple in their 80s found dead in house
He is due to appear at Lisburn Magistrates’ Court tomorrow.
# the big knit
How tiny woolly hats are making a difference in the lives of older people
The knitted creations raise money for charity and allow older people to meet up and work together.
# Medicine
Older people ending up in hospital due to inappropriate prescriptions
People over the age of 65 are particularly vulnerable to the adverse effects of medicine.
# easing the burden
Prescriptions are going to be cheaper for over-70s with a medical card from tomorrow
Those eligible are advised to make themselves known to pharmacy staff so they can benefit from this reduction.
# Your Say
Poll: Should elderly motorists be made to take their driving test again?
Transport Minister Shane Ross has said that retesting “is a really good idea”.
# home care deal
Home care: The way we care for the elderly could be about to change
A bill enshrining the right to home care passed the second stage of the legislative process yesterday.
# HIQA
Elderly care patient discovered 'lying on the bedroom floor covered in urine and faeces'
Records released detail complaints received by Hiqa in relation to nursing homes.
# ALONE
'I'd love more people to come out to me because I'm not getting out as much as I used to'
Alone is asking people to take the time to call into an elderly neighbour over Christmas.
# Lough Corrib
End-of-life care plans at Galway nursing home left blank
There was also no nurse in charge on the day of a Hiqa inspection.
# social isolation
Have an elderly neighbour? Check in on them
Hundreds of people die each year due to health risks associated with cold weather and fuel poverty.
# ALONE
'I didn't want to be any bother': Older people urged to ask for help this Christmas
A charity for older people wants to remind them they deserve to live with dignity.
# Your Say
Poll: What's your biggest fear about growing older?
A campaign is encouraging people to reach out to their neighbours.
# Budget 2017
Pensions up and charges down - How did the elderly fare in the Budget?
An increase in the State pension of €5 per week was the much heralded measure the Government announced today.
# Bluebell
'Utterly heartbreaking': Community shocked by death of two elderly brothers
Daniel and William McCarthy were deaf and had lived together in south Dublin for over two decades.
# ageing population
There'll be a million over-65s in Ireland by 2031 - experts say we need a plan
Social Justice Ireland said it is seriously concerned that adequate funding is not being provided to address the ageing of the population.
# Poll
Poll: Do you think the state pension should be increased?
Fianna Fáil wants a €5 increase for pensioners in the next Budget.
# Athlone
Families 'very upset' as residents of nursing home to be removed over safety concerns
The HSE made the decision after an electrical report highlighted a number of risks.
# Financial Abuse
Vast majority of elderly abuse is carried out by a close friend or family member
A new campaign aims to highlight the financial abuse of the elderly.
# living alone
Older people moving to smaller houses might help housing crisis
Age Action says an ESRI report “seems to ignore the lack of choice faced by many older people”.
# old people
Renua wants elderly to use apps to stay in touch - but OAPs must buy the phones
The party says it’s “challenging stereotyping of elderly” but the measure has been criticised as “a bit mad”.
# old-age discos
'If a regular suddenly stops coming, it usually means he or she has died'
Thousands of retired South Koreans are hitting the dance floors at special discos for the elderly.
# Flossie Dickey
This 110-year-old woman couldn't give a crap about being on TV
She’d much rather be napping. Which is fair.
# Your Say
Poll: Would you give up a seat on public transport for a pregnant woman or elderly person?
Some people think it’s an unwritten rule, while others aren’t so sure.