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Wednesday 1 February 2023 Dublin: 8°C

# Elderly

All time
# Old Flames
After 70 years apart, D-Day veteran and wartime sweetheart to reunite
10,000 miles and seven decades are not enough to keep them away from each other, apparently.
# Courts
'I keep saying, why did it happen?': Man sentenced to 12 years for attempted rape of niece
In her victim impact report the now adult woman said her plans for her life changed as a result of the abuse.
# People Power
Elderly musician overwhelmed with responses to ad asking for people to jam with him
“I’ve missed playing, and when I do play now it makes me feel better and young again.”
# let's jam
An elderly musician put out a request for people to jam with, and got loads of responses
“I’ve missed playing, and when I do play now it makes me feel better and young again.”
# London
Woman who swindled €96,000 from elderly man had "fraudster's handbook" with bizarre 9/11 sob story
Patricia Wutaan had a notebook full of scam scripts, including “I am a celebrity fashionista” and “My sewing machine is faulty.”
# Retirement
This chart shows how hard Irish people work for their pensions
Full benefit comes after 43 years of contributions.
Tom Clonan: 'Ireland is on the brink of a perfect storm in our health services'
Minister Varadkar needs to do ‘the bleeding obvious’ and demonstrate real leadership, writes Tom Clonan.
# Croydon
14-year-old girl arrested over assault on elderly woman on London bus
The 87-year-old woman was punched in the face and received a black eye.
# Old's not gold
BOI backtracks on cash withdrawal stance, now say they'll help 'vulnerable and elderly' customers
Most customers will be forced to use ATMs or self-service machines to withdraw less than €700.
# London
Man jailed for 24 years for raping 88-year-old woman in her bed
His elderly victim has been unable to return home, where she had lived for more than 20 years.
# community
'I used to feel like crying but to get a window you can see out properly, it's like winning the Lotto'
Age Action is looking for volunteers to help with its Care and Repair programme.
# no good punks
PHOTOS: 80-something graffiti artists hit the streets in Portugal
“It’s good to keep learning until you die.”
# Take a Break
No such thing as a free lunch? Not for these pensioners
Take a break and read about this random act of kindness.
# bogus callers
Fraudsters pretending to be high-end store staff scam Irish people out of thousands
One victim was convinced to transfer €38,000 out of their bank account.
# Elderly
Going a month without a shower at HSE-run home is "intolerable"
Numerous shortcomings were found by a Hiqa report published yesterday.
# the tea polls
Ireland is basically the European champion of tea drinking*
*When it comes to having it as a caffeine source anyway.
# Dublin
'Closure of taxi rank at Beaumont Hospital will impact on elderly patients'
Dublin City Council ordered the closure of the rank at the end of the month.
# help the aged
Why are we forcing the elderly out of their homes?
Alone says too many see nursing homes as the only option for older people.
# Elder Abuse
Niece suspected as thousands disappear from pensioner's account
This is just one example of elder abuse in Ireland.
# moveable poo
Japan might put toilets in lifts in case people get stuck during earthquakes
Definitely qualifies as an emergency.
# no fair deal
'Unfair and unjust': Proposed hike in nursing home bills slammed
Prime Time this evening reported on a review of the fair deal scheme.
# Investigation
Elderly couple found dead at home after not being seen for days
Gardaí and Dublin Fire Brigade were notified about the discovery.
# dooley to the rescue
This Fianna Fáil TD chased down a hooded handbag thief in Ennis
Timmy Dooley returned the handbag to the elderly woman, who he said was “dazed” by the incident.
# Vulnerable
Spate of attacks on elderly who are being tied up, gagged and attacked in their own homes
Age Action says neighbours need to play a role in preventing attacks.
# Surveillance
The HSE has NOT abandoned plans to use CCTV in care homes
They have come to a junction because of privacy issues, however, and are now seeking expert advice on how to move forward.
# Your Say
Poll: Do you agree that the State pension should be cut?
As more people get older, the Government have concerns about increasing expenditure.
# shut down
UK care home with 'overpowering smell' of urine shut down after inspection
Elderly residents were removed from the care home last night due to the immediate closure.
# Mental Health
Caring for a relative with dementia can make you depressed
A new study shows the benefit of learning coping strategies.
# no fair deal
The waiting list for nursing home money is getting even longer
The budget for the scheme is capped and those on the waiting list are forced to foot a bill of €13,000 a year until they’re approved.
# Paramilitary
Masked trio claiming to be from UVF rob elderly men in their house
Links between this and a crime last week are being explored.
# Derry
Robbers burst into home of elderly couple armed with screwdrivers and iron bars
The couple were not physically harmed but were left badly shaken.
# Getting Older
You're better off being old in the US, Norway or France than you are in Ireland
By 2050, the over 60s will account for 29.7% of the population.
# Poverty
One in five older Irish people live in deprivation
74,520 Irish people over the age of 65 are suffering enforced deprivation.
# tough granny
Elderly woman in Kent fights off mugger by punching him in the mouth
The woman was walking her dog early this morning when the man grabbed her.
# Medication
Prescription charges bring in €120m but hurt 'most vulnerable in society'
Groups representing carers, elderly people and those on low incomes have called for a reduction but that’s not likely to happen in the next Budget.
# bogus callers
Older people driven to banks by criminals to 'take out large sums of money'
Burglaries are still the most common crimes against older people.
# Your Say
Poll: Do you keep an eye on your elderly neighbours?
Do you make sure you know how your elderly neighbours are?
# waiting
Elderly people 'left languishing' on nursing home waiting list
There are over 500 people currently waiting in hospital beds.
# Poverty
One third of Irish population forced to go without basic necessities
A report this morning also warns that we will need to serious investment in healthcare facilities as the number of over 85s in Ireland will double by 2025.
# surfs up
Are you over 50? Using the internet could help you fight off dementia
So keep reading…