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Monday 30 January 2023 Dublin: 6°C

# Elderly

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# Healthcare
Plans to means-test care are 'an attack on elderly and disabled'
Plans reported on the frontpage of the Sunday Business Post have drawn criticism from Sinn Féin today.
# Transport
Just 18 companies will now run the rural transport scheme
A major overhaul of the Rural Transport Programme was announced today with opposition TD saying it could mean a reduction in services.
# Heatwave
HSE: Older people, children and manual workers risk 'serious harm' in heatwave
Along with the Department of Health, they have issued a number of tips to keep people cool and safe during the good weather.
# meet the parents
China passes law 'forcing' children to visit their parents
Experts are unclear about the measures will be enforced or how often visits are required.
Column: We need to make our society and cities age-friendly
Let’s move on from the twentieth century, where older people were thought of as dependents. Older people can – and must — contribute to economic growth, writes Michael Hodin.
# Nursing Homes
Nursing home owners to start knocking on politicians' doors over 'crisis in care'
Members of Nursing Homes Ireland will lobby TDs, senators and councillors to support the immediate establishment of a forum to discuss challenges in residential care.
Column: Without planning the dream of retirement can turn into a nightmare
You may have planned your finances down to the last cent – but have you considered the psychological impact of never going to work again? It’s harder to adjust than you might think, writes …
Call into elderly during cold snap, says ALONE
The charity has urged people to check in with their older neighbours, especially leading up to the weekend, as the cold weather is set to continue.
# Age Action
Age Action urges public to remember elderly during cold snap
With the country experiencing low temperatures, snow, sleet and ice, those living alone can particularly be at risk.
# Aggravated Burglary
Man due in court over aggravated burglary in Tullamore
On Monday evening a man forced his way into the house of an elderly woman and threatened her.
Column: Healy-Rae’s drink-driving vote is insulting to people who’ve lost loved ones
Kerry Counsellor Danny Healy-Rae should have had to look into the eyes a bereaved family member before he tabled his drink driving proposal, writes Christina Donnelly, whose son was killed by a drunk driver in 2009.
# Garda
Garda Commissioner tells Shatter: priority that people behind Donegal attacks brought to justice
A woman and a man were targeted in aggravated burglaries over night in Co Donegal.
# Elderly
Older people ‘living in fear’ over reduced garda presence in their communities
Active Retirement Ireland says growing numbers of older people are frightened of criminals acting with “impunity” after cuts to policing presence.
# reverse
Cut in elderly alarm scheme reversed
A government decision to cut the scheme by more than a million euro had been heavily criticised last week.
# Elderly
Cut in elderly alarm scheme criticised as "penny-wise and pound-foolish"
Age Action said that a cut in the Seniors Alert Scheme “is a bad decision” with “terrible timing”, given recent attacks on elderly people.
# Tragedy
Elderly woman dies in Wicklow house fire
Gardaí are not treating the incident as suspicious.
# Burglary
96-year-old woman attacked in aggravated burglary in Donegal
The woman was gagged and “roughed up” by a man who broke into her house early this morning.
# take care
Nearly half of Irish adults worry about elderly relatives during winter - survey
AA Ireland also found that while people are unlikely to offer financial assistance to prevent causing offence, their own financial problems can also stop them.
Column: Look in on older neighbours over the holidays. It’s important.
Older people are a wealth of information, knowledge and experience, writes Seán Moynihan – so why not stop in on a neighbour over the Christmas break?
# Have your say
Poll: Do you check in with older neighbours at Christmas?
Many older people find the holidays a lonely and isolating time, says one charity. But not everyone knows if their neighbours would welcome a visit.
# Medication
Generic meds switch for elderly could save taxpayers up to €152 million
A new report on medication use by the elderly in Ireland says that switching to generic medicines could save millions.
# Elderly
Councillor urges people to check on elderly neighbours after death of man in Dublin
The elderly man, who had been dead for several days, was found in his home in Ballyfermot this morning.
# Elderly
Report: Over half of nursing home staff have seen residents neglected
They said they had seen other staff members neglecting the residents, while a quarter said they had seen psychologically abusive acts take place.
# 116
World's oldest person dies in US aged 116
Guinness World Records gave Besse Cooper the distinction of being the oldest living human in January 2011.
Column: Medical cards are a hot issue – but the Government shouldn’t shy away
Means-testing medical cards for the elderly got a previous government in trouble – but that doesn’t mean it’s a bad idea, writes Eoin Lynch.
# Budget 2013
Active Retirement Ireland urges government to protect free travel in budget
The organisation said older people are at risk of becoming socially isolated if their passes are taken away.
# Belfast
Burglar woke up elderly woman to steal her jewellery
Police in South Belfast said the elderly woman had her wedding ring and two gold necklaces – which she was wearing – stolen.
# Disability
13 per cent of population have a disability - CSO
Census figures also showed that over 56,000 disabled people aged over 65 lived alone.
# Crime
Elderly man tied up in violent burglary
The incident occurred in Banbridge, county Down last night.
# Teresa Treacy
Documentary sheds light on Teresa Treacy's fight for her trees
The Co Offaly landowner is still fighting to stop her trees from being cut down so that an overground power line can be put in place.
# Wii bit of fun
Video games could help prevent older people from falling
Research from Trinity and Queen’s finds that older people’s balance can be improved by games using the Wii balance board.
# Cannabis
Elderly couple grew enormous cannabis plant… by mistake
The pensioners applied their gardening skills to the herb, until it was seized by police.
# Elderly
Marked increase in calls from older people to helpline
Following recent attacks on elderly people during burglaries, a charity has said there is increased fear and concern among older people.
# Nursing Homes
ALONE: "Grave concerns" about issues at private nursing homes
The charity, which supports older people, made the comments following the taking over of a private Galway nursing home by the HSE.
# Google
Google offers free classes for over 50s to tackle low internet usage
More than 400 people have received training through the technology giant’s Age Engage programme it is running in the Dublin community where it is based.
# Jobswatch
Home care firm to create 510 jobs in nationwide expansion
Bluebird Care, a company which cares for older persons in their own homes, will create the jobs in the next six months.
# seniors
Calls to Senior Helpline increase by 50 per cent
Some older people told the helpline they are afraid to sleep at night because of being burgled.
# not alone
Charity for older people celebrates 35 years of service
Alone will celebrate the anniversary at Glasnevin Cemetery, honouring volunteers who have been with the charity in excess of three decades.
# Aggravated Burglary
Elderly siblings assaulted during Limerick burglary
Two sisters and their brother were assaulted and tied up by masked men who raided their home last night.
# getting on
When I'm 65: Irish pensioners can expect 11 healthy years (but less for men)
Irish women aged 65 can expect to live for a total of 21.1 years while men can expect an additional 18.1 years, new figures have found.