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# Older People

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"My nieces and nephews are demanding their inheritance now"
The first six months of 2014 saw more than 12,000 calls made to the Senior Help Line.
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.
Opinion: Dublin is a great place to live, but not necessarily when you're old
By 2041, the number of people in this country over the age of 65 is predicted to reach 1.4 million.
Elderly people 'left languishing' on nursing home waiting list
There are over 500 people currently waiting in hospital beds.
Opinion: Ageism is far too prevalent, we need a cultural shift in how older people are perceived
Older adults are too often seen as ‘burden’ rather than people who helped build societies and economies.
Calls for urgent meeting with Varadkar after serious failings at Mayo care home
The gardaí are investigating the sudden death of a 72-year-old man at the care home in 2012.
Opinion: Older people and Gaeilgeoirí are right to be indignant – this Cabinet doesn't care about them
The new Gaeltacht minister isn’t fluent in Irish and the de-prioritisation of older people’s issues has been rubber-stamped; whole sections of society are being disenfranchised.
14% of older Irish people prescribed 'inappropriate' drugs
One of the most frequently inappropriately prescribed drugs was aspirin – given to those with no history of brain or heart problems.
Kathleen Lynch says she still has responsibility for older people
It comes after concerns over a change in her title today.
Opinion: Would you know if an older relative, friend or neighbour was being abused?
Despite the caring, protective, respectful attitude Irish society likes to think it has towards older people, elder abuse is widespread.
The income gap between older people is widening
Over 26% of people over 50 rely on state transfers as their sole source of income.
Less than half of those in their 60s do over 2.5 hours of exercise per week
Only 18 per cent of the over 70s engage in high levels of physical activity.
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.
These Irish artists prove that age is never a barrier to creating art
The Wandering Methods project was part of the Bealtaine Festival, and saw older people create art inspired by Dublin Castle.
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.
This badass granny is the new queen of Twitter
Eighty six-year-old Baddie Winkle is out to steal your man. And your Twitter followers.
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.
Over 50s' income did not fall during the recession - ESRI
The think tank say research shows that, although the wealth of over 50s declined, overall income, health and well-being did not.
New project to help older people stay living in their homes
The project is being introduced in five areas across Ireland.
Association uses new funding approach to redevelop homes for older people
FOLD Ireland used private funds to redevelop a housing project in north Dublin after ownership was transferred from Dublin City Council.
'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.
Older generation feeling 'harsh impact' of emigration, says helpline
Senior Help Line has seen a “worrying” increase in the number of calls.
‘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.
More partners, but less frequent sex: Large-scale study shines a light on Britain's bedrooms
15,000 people took part in the study, which shows that while people generally have more sexual partners than previous generations, the frequency of sexual encounters has declined.
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.
'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.
Pensioners urged to turn out for Dáil rally against Budget cuts
The protest is being timed for the fifth anniversary of the large scale protest that followed the 2008 Emergency Budget.
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.
Ireland is the 12th best place in the world in which to grow old
The country receives a high ranking in the category that measures social connections and physical safety, but fares less well for ‘employment and education’.
Column: I hope I hold on to my health – I don’t think I can afford to get sick
With the number of older people in consistent poverty doubling over just one year, pensioner Gordon* explains what daily life is like for him – and how he fears for the future.
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.
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.
Dublin nursing home to create 110 jobs
The nursing home will open in Blackrock in the coming weeks.
The guide to selfies, as illustrated by grandads
Let these silver surfers guide you through the choppy waters of social media.
Why getting older is secretly the greatest thing ever
There are SO many benefits to advancing years. But, sssh, don’t tell the whipper snappers.
Call for vigilance as elder abuse in Ireland on the increase
Last year, the HSE said that it had seen an increase of almost 10 per cent on referrals for elder abuse.
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 …
"Excessive and problematic" drinking by nursing home residents
HIQA found that residents at a Tipperary nursing home socialised, but that at times their alcohol consumption led to challenging behaviours.