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# Elderly

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# Elderly
Homeless pensioner: 'I want to live the rest of my life with some dignity'
The case of a pensioner couple facing eviction is just one of many elderly people across the country who are dealing with the housing crisis, a charity has said.
# Armagh
An 84-year-old woman has died after being hit by a lorry, a man has been arrested
Officers are appealing for witnesses.
# fast swimmers
Study finds old men's sperm is just as good as young men's
It’s sperm quality that matters, lads.
# Not happening
'It's not on the agenda': The government won't be getting rid of the Free Travel Scheme
Leo Varadkar was insistent today that taking away the Free Travel Pass is not going to happen.
# Off The Buses
"Absolutely none": Changes to Free Travel Pass are off the table, says Burton
It follows the launch of a campaign yesterday urging politicians not to meddle with the current scheme, which allows older people free travel on public transport.
Voices
Opinion: After seeing what my dad has gone through, I'm convinced we need an Ombudsman for the Elderly
Think about your average week and how much bureaucracy you have to deal with. Now think about how difficult that is for an older person.
# don't be so cynical
A little cynicism may be healthy, but too much can lead to dementia
That’s what Finnish researchers say, if you believe them that is.
# Nursing Homes
There is only one respite bed per 450 people with dementia in Ireland
Only 52 nursing homes nationally have specialised care units for people with the disease.
# frozen in time
Abandoned: Haunting snapshots of a life once lived in rural Ireland
This is the latest series of snaps featuring an abandoned Irish property from photographer Donal Moloney.
# helpful
This charming robot helps older people stay in their own homes
Robin allows elderly people to connect with friends, family and medical professionals and can also watch for falls and monitor blood pressure.
# ALONE
An ageing population and lack of housing could cause headaches for the government
ALONE has made the warning as it launches a nationwide housing campaign.
# Vigilantes
Poster encourages community to 'clobber' burglars with hurls and golf clubs
A local councillor said he does not condone the violence encouraged by the notice posted in a Dublin housing estate but said there has been a lot of petty crime in the area – particularly targeting the elderly.
# Missing
Missing Dublin man Seán Cunningham found safe and well
Gardaí said the missing man as some bruising to the right hand side of his face and forehead and cuts to his hands from a recent fall.
# Loneliness
A helpline is the only contact some elderly people have with others
Over 2,000 people have called Senior Help Line in the first three months of this year.
# Road Death
Elderly woman killed in Tipperary car crash
A second woman, who was a passenger in the car, was also injured in the collision.
# Ageing
'Not enough nursing home beds to meet demand and it's only going to get worse'
Tadgh Daly, CEO of Nursing Homes Ireland said in the next seven years, the population over 85 will grow by 46 per cent.
# Grant cuts
‘Lay off older people’: Elderly grant cuts slammed as ‘sneaky’ and ‘mind-boggling’
However Minister of State Jan O’Sullivan said she believes changes will allow for people to stay in their homes.
# Patients
618 kept in hospital over Christmas - despite being cleared by docs
The lack of alternatives for elderly patients means that many are having to stay in hospital, which is costing the HSE money.
Voices
Column: Families who assist their loved ones to die will continue to feel the full wrath of the law if it is not changed
Today, the case began of Gail O’Rorke who has been charged under the Criminal Law (Suicide) Act 1993 for assisting an MS sufferer to die.
# ESB
Charity warns ESB strike would 'hurt most vulnerable'
ALONE said today that power cuts could leave older people more isolated and put some of them at serious risk.
# Social Protection
Ireland spends less of its social protection budget on old age benefit than anywhere in EU
The state has one of the highest spends on healthcare, however.
# Robbery
Elderly man 'in shock' after robbery by four masked men
The intruders entered the man’s home in the village of Moira, Co. Down and held him captive before stealing a sum of money.
# de-stress
Volunteers sought for study on stress levels among dementia caregivers
It’s hoped the study will lead to new ways to improve quality of life for both the carer and the sufferer.
# Older People
'Grants for the elderly have been cut to the bone by this government'
Fianna Fáil’s Barry Cowen said the number of grants reduced from 7,138 in 2010 to 1,739 so far in 2013.
# accident and injury
NUIG recruiting participants aged 64 and over to test system that detects falls
The portable fall detector incorporates accelerometers which are capable of running complex falls detection algorithms.
# Things that go bump
There are some people who are really scared on Halloween - here's why
A number of groups are reminding the public to keep an eye out for older people and animals today.
# Obligation
Dutch asked to volunteer so ageing relatives get care
Netherlands’ generous welfare state slowly being replaced by “society of participation”.
# vox pop
VIDEO: Pensioners at today's protest believe the worst is yet to come
One worries that without the telephone allowance her emergency alarm will be cut off. Another wishes he had never moved back to Ireland.
# Protest
Thousands join pensioners’ protest against Budget cuts
The crowd at Leinster House was predominantly made up of elderly people who oppose cuts to medical cards for over 70s and other measures announced in last week’s Budget.
Voices
Column: Is loneliness in old age inevitable? Not in a caring society.
Everyone needs to feel wanted and remembered, but many older people are being left isolated because of rapid economic, social and technological changes, writes Anne Dempsey.
# memory loss
Too much red meat and iron supplements linked to Alzheimer's disease
A UCLA study shows that elevated levels of iron can damage brain tissue, contributing to the cause of the disease.
# ATM Thieves
Con artists net €30,000 in space of a week using new ATM scam
The thieves are trapping customers’ cards, distracting them, and then replacing the valid card with a stolen or cancelled one.
# Elderly
Older people in poverty 'picking between eating and heating'
Advocacy groups say today’s CSO figures showing an increase in poverty among older people reflects the reality they see on the ground.
# Westmeath
Residents of nursing home to have HSE 'Fair Deal' funding removed
Families of residents at the St Clair’s home in Mullingar will have to find alternative care, or cover the costs directly.
# Age Action
Warning that gas price hike could cause hardship for elderly
Age Action said that some people may have to choose between food and fuel if Bord Gáis is allowed to raise domestic gas prices.
# Abuse
Most perpetrators of elder abuse are sons and daughters
Two-thirds of victims are female, while there is a higher abuse rate among the over 80s.