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# Older People

Last year
2022
# turf wars
Removing turf-cutting from rural Ireland would be like removing wine from the French - Varadkar
Concerns were raised about turf not being available for sale in shops, particularly given the energy crisis and rising inflation.
All time
Voices
Opinion: Older people have lost their confidence during Covid - we cannot forget them
CEO of ALONE Seán Moynihan says we owe it to our older people to put the correct plans for re-emergence.
# Covid-19
NPHET to consider guidance for people who live alone during 'no visitor' restrictions
Concerns have been raised about the effect of the latest Covid-19 restrictions on older people, single parents and those who live alone.
# Nursing Homes
Explainer: What is the current situation with Covid-19 in nursing homes in Ireland?
NPHET raised concerns over outbreaks in nursing homes last weekend.
# nphet
People warned to be 'exceptionally careful' in interactions amid increase in Covid-19 cases among older people
The majority of coronavirus cases in August were among young people, but there has been an increase in cases among older people recently.
# cocooning
'I can't imagine not leaving your home for four months': The impact on older people of following the Covid-19 rules
As we face into longer-term restrictions, ensuring proper supports for older people who’ve had to cocoon has been described as vital.
# Covid-19
'This is a huge scandal': No definitive plan for transferring of patients to nursing homes, committee hears
The committee heard from Hiqa this afternoon that the HSE “did not know this sector”.
# Nursing Home
21 confirmed Covid-19 deaths recorded at one Dublin care home for older people
Home help workers might be redeployed to nursing homes, said Minister Simon Harris.
# Older People
Elderly and vulnerable reach out as helplines receive 8,000 calls for assistance
ALONE charity received 3,121 calls in four days.
# Older People
Govt launches 'befriending' phone-call initiative for older people in response to Covid-19 crisis
In the UK, a care home is inviting people to “adopt a grandparent” by holding video calls with its residents.
# nursing homes ireland
Minister Simon Harris 'to immediately address' PPE shortages in nursing homes
Minister Simon Harris met with representatives of nursing homes today to discuss their role in the Covid-19 crisis.
# Older People
Harris doesn't like the word 'cocooning', but he says it's being done to keep those over 70 safe and well
The minister said common sense will prevail if someone over 70 works in an essential service.
# coronoavirus
Minister: 'Please stop putting messages up online that are frightening young and old'
The government is engaging with social media companies about the spread of misinformation.
# Older People
'No exceptions': HSE boss says Covid-19 guidelines can't be relaxed for Mother's Day
Paul Reid says there must be compliance every day, regardless of what celebrations are on.
# opening hours
Older people enjoy dedicated shopping sessions at supermarkets
Iceland, Tesco and Lidl introduced the initiative amid incidents of stockpiling as the nation grapples with the coronavirus outbreak
# ALONE
'Take the time to talk it through. Explain what it all means': The helpline demystifying Covid-19 for older people
A dedicated helpline by organisation Alone is supporting older people across the country as the coronavirus outbreak continues.
# HIQA
Nursing home complaints: Allegations of abusive staff and unexplained injuries
The allegations are contained in documents released to TheJournal.ie under the Freedom of Information Act.
# ALONE
'Christmas can be a very lonely time of the year': People asked to look out for the elderly this winter
The advice comes as part of the Dublin City Council and Alone’s cold weather initiative.
# rent hike
Some pensioners in South Dublin to be hit with council house rent rise of more than €600
“Multi-person households” that include pensioners will not receive the €10 weekly discount.
# multimorbidity
Three in four older Irish adults suffer from two or more medical conditions at the same time
Women have “a more complex network” of conditions, according to new research.
# Health Spending
HSE saving measures to target older people and those with disabilities 'in order to break even'
The HSE boss has denied it is undertaking any cost-cutting measures.
# Medication
Benzodiazepine use in Irish over 65s is higher than international average
Benzodiazepine medicine use in women over 65 years is 40% higher than in men, finds a new report.
# Mental Health
First of its kind fund launched to tackle loneliness
The first of its kind fund will go towards helping local groups and community-based projects.
# ALONE
'Standing up for their generation': These older people are getting tattoos to fight ageism
Alone, the charity that supports older people at home, is aiming to raise €10,000 during the event.
# Loneliness
'I feel more secure': How HomeShare has been bringing the old and young together
We visited John and Amy who have been taking part in the service.
# Vincent Browne
'Isn’t there something awful about society, that so many people are praying for a house?'
Alone Ireland today launched a campaign called ‘How will you pay the rent when you retire?’
# beast from the east
Status Orange snow-ice warning issued for seven counties as temperatures set to plunge to -7
The eastern part of the country is set to be the worst hit by the wintry weather.
# ALONE
Living alone in old age: 'When my wife died, I discovered I didn't have close friends. It's lonely'
Alone, a charity for older people, has launched its Christmas campaign – No one should be alone this Christmas.
# alone at christmas
Vincent Browne: '60,000 old people have hardly any visits from friends or family. It's awful'
Browne was speaking at the launch of Alone’s Christmas campaign for older people.
# 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.
# 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.
# Navan
Older person's care centre set to close today over fire safety fears
The service is used by more than 100 older people a week.
# 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”.
# Shop Around
Older people overpaying €1,000 for health insurance as they're 'afraid to switch plan'
At least two in every five policyholders are on “dated and hugely overpriced plans”.
# 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.
# Happy retirement
'Retirement should be an option' - plan to abolish retirement age welcomed
It has received widespread welcome from older people’s’ groups.
# Still got it
Most older people are having sex on a regular basis
Having sex in your advancing years makes you more optimistic about growing old, the research claims.
# cards from thailand
Older people in Ireland are getting lovely Christmas cards made by Thai kids and their Irish teacher
They’re sending the cards to the charity Age Action, who will distribute them to the older people using their services. Aww.