State has responsibilities to human rights of ‘at-risk’ people

State has responsibilities to human rights of ‘at-risk’ people

Deirdre Ní Cheallacháin says there is a clear need for us to ask whether the care of at-risk across the State people should be for profit

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Letter to the Editor: Not everyone can manage business affairs online

Letter to the Editor: Not everyone can manage business affairs online

Where many, if not most of us senior citizens, who know virtually nothing about modern means of communication are concerned, it is something of a shame that television and mobile phone operators are allowed to do so without providing their customers with an Irish Postal address and an Irish landline telephone number.

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Letter to the Editor: Inappropriate language diminishes older people

Letter to the Editor: Inappropriate language diminishes older people

We are specialists (signed by more than 150 people) spanning fields of nursing, public health, health systems, medicine, health and social care professionals, social policy, advocacy and NGO organisations.

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Kids become penpals of care home residents

Kids become penpals of care home residents

The operators of a Cork nursing home have launched a novel scheme that they hope will be taken up nationwide whereby care home patients become penpals with school children.

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Ruth Doris: Tech firm using TV sets to care for older people

Ruth Doris: Tech firm using TV sets to care for older people

A Belfast-based age-tech company wants to help older adults to stay living independently in their own homes by supporting better communication with family and healthcare providers, writes Ruth Doris.

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Advocates say people must be more prepared for when they fall ill or frail

Advocates say people must be more prepared for when they fall ill or frail

A survey by Safeguarding Ireland reveals 70% of us are also confused about who takes the decisions in these cases.

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Review of State power to enter homes to protect vulnerable adults from abuse

Review of State power to enter homes to protect vulnerable adults from abuse

The Law Reform Commission is also examining whether a new statutory body should be established to exercise these and other powers, or if they should be vested in existing agencies.

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Ageing population: A chance to shape new safeguards

Ageing population: A chance to shape new safeguards

Last August the Department of An Taoiseach published the national risk assessment 2019 to map looming change and prepare strategies to manage that successfully. Our ageing population was recognised as a major issue.

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Probe into under-65s in nursing home care as 1,300 ‘inappropriately placed’

Probe into under-65s in nursing home care as 1,300 ‘inappropriately placed’

The Ombudsman has launched an investigation into why more than 1,300 people under 65 are being housed in nursing homes.

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Letter to the editor: Clinical music therapy asan option is overlooked

Letter to the editor: Clinical music therapy asan option is overlooked

Terry Prone illuminates a crucial salience regarding hearing loss and the development of dementia ‘Hearing aids could be the answer to helping prevent dementia’ (Irish Examiner, January 6).

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30,000 over-65s face dole queue for two years

30,000 over-65s face dole queue for two years

Up to 30,000 people who are set to turn 65 over the next 12 months could be forced to claim unemployment benefit for two years as a result of changes being applied to the age at which someone qualifies for the statutory pension, it has been claimed.

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Fears homeless hubs may have to be built for elderly

Fears homeless hubs may have to be built for elderly

Homeless hubs for older people may soon have to be built, an organisation for the elderly has warned.

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More than 250 older people on charity's housing waiting list

More than 250 older people on charity's housing waiting list

The public could see homeless hubs for older people in years to come, an organisation supporting older people to age at home has warned.

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Public urged to reach out to elderly who may face loneliness over Christmas period

Public urged to reach out to elderly who may face loneliness over Christmas period

The public have been urged to reach out to elderly people, as pensioners can face high levels of isolation and loneliness over the Christmas period.

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Seán Moynihan: An ageing population should be celebrated and supported

Seán Moynihan: An ageing population should be celebrated and supported

We need to plan now so that we all can have a positive experience of getting older, writes Seán Moynihan

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Heroic carers deserve gratitude from us all

Heroic carers deserve gratitude from us all

The older man or woman who lived alone because life’s opportunities had passed them by were once more familiar figures in many communities.

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Please reach out to elderly and isolated this Christmas says Irish author Marian Keyes

Please reach out to elderly and isolated this Christmas says Irish author Marian Keyes

There can only be “an upside” from reaching out and spending some time with older people who may feel lonely or isolated this Christmas, says successful Irish author, Marian Keyes.

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Charity for the elderly says 'make our minutes count' this Christmas

Charity for the elderly says 'make our minutes count' this Christmas

The group is appealing for volunteers of all ages and in all areas to spend time with older people in the community.

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Self-neglect among older people on the rise

Self-neglect among older people on the rise

Self-neglect among older people is on the rise, an expert has warned.

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'We all have a role to play': Calls for system to curb urban isolation of the elderly

'We all have a role to play': Calls for system to curb urban isolation of the elderly

More must be done to flag urban isolation after a third inquest in a week heard how an elderly person lay dead in their home for months before their body was discovered.

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Over 65s not getting recommended amount of physical activity

Over 65s not getting recommended amount of physical activity

Walking more can reduce a person's chances of developing cardiovascular diseases and certain types of cancer, according to the Institute of Public Health.

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Third of over 50s living alone ‘socially isolated’

Third of over 50s living alone ‘socially isolated’

One in three adults aged 50 and older feel lonely and one in 10 are socially isolated, it has emerged.

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'Wild fluctuations' in Fair Deal waiting list figures deeply concerning, says FF

'Wild fluctuations' in Fair Deal waiting list figures deeply concerning, says FF

New figures seen by Fianna Fáil show in the two weeks up to the end of Septmber the number rose from 525 to 686.

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Man found six months after death: Let’s try to avert lonely deaths

Man found six months after death: Let’s try to avert lonely deaths

Over the last months, there has been a spike in interest in all things Japanese and one of the phenomena revealed is the scale of “lonely deaths”: People dead in their homes for long periods before being discovered.

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Society must collectively tackle inequality facing older people

Society must collectively tackle inequality facing older people

On International Day of Older Persons, Paddy Connolly says we need to challenge our view of ageing and overcome the structural barriers to equality for all ages

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40% increase in reports of alleged elder abuse in past two years

40% increase in reports of alleged elder abuse in past two years

A support service claims there is an urgent need for legislation to crack down on elder abuse.

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40% increase in allegations of abuse towards elderly in two years

40% increase in allegations of abuse towards elderly in two years

Allegations of physical and psychological abuse towards the elderly have increased by more than 40% over the past two years.

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Complaints of financial abuse against elderly rises by 18% in two years

Complaints of financial abuse against elderly rises by 18% in two years

The HSE says research suggests immediate family members are most likely to be responsible for this type of abuse.

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'An absolute gentleman': Tributes paid to Cork pensioner who lay in home undiscovered for months

'An absolute gentleman': Tributes paid to Cork pensioner who lay in home undiscovered for months

The body of an 85-year-old man which was discovered at his home in Cork on Friday may have been undiscovered for seven months.

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50 new housing units acquired in Dublin for older people on waiting list

50 new housing units acquired in Dublin for older people on waiting list

50 new housing units in Inchicore in Dublin have been acquired by the ALONE charity.

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Public told to keep an eye on neighbours and relatives on World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

Public told to keep an eye on neighbours and relatives on World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

"World Elder Abuse Awareness Day is all about making older people aware, to stay linked in, to stay active and not to become too dependent..."

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Taoiseach claims increase in home help hours despite cut by HSE

Taoiseach claims increase in home help hours despite cut by HSE

Leo Varadkar said additional funding in the budget has led to an extra 800,000 home help hours this year.

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Reliance on the market is misplaced - Planning for an older population

Reliance on the market is misplaced - Planning for an older population

There are myriad examples of how that vague, mercurial entity “the market” has not delivered on the promise of the better future its champions assured us was inevitable once we placed our faith in investors and entrepreneurs.

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ALONE holding first ever 'Donation Day' in Dublin

ALONE holding first ever 'Donation Day' in Dublin

The charity ALONE, which supports older people living at home, says demand has never been greater but funds are running thin.

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Housing designed for aging population neglected, according to new report

Housing designed for aging population neglected, according to new report

Housing designed for people as they age to encourage health and well being has been neglected in Ireland, a new report shows.

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Reach out to elderly neighbours in 2019, charity pleads

Reach out to elderly neighbours in 2019, charity pleads

Alone says there's a long month ahead with over 10,000 lonely older people in need of a visit or a kind word.

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Nursing home residents share their stories and offer life advice in new book

Nursing home residents share their stories and offer life advice in new book

Over 80 nursing home residents - including five centenarians - have contributed to a Christmas book of Irish life past and present.

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Family platform uses technology to tackle loneliness

Family platform uses technology to tackle loneliness

In Ireland, one in three people over the age of 65 lives alone. According to the Loneliness Taskforce, loneliness is a health risk factor similar to obesity and can decrease life expectancy by up to 10 years, writes Ruth Doris

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People urged to reach out to elderly who may be feeling isolated

People urged to reach out to elderly who may be feeling isolated

Elderly people who are feeling isolated or lonely are being urged to contact the charity ALONE.

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Carbon monoxide poisoning blamed for 'tragic' death of Kilkenny couple

Carbon monoxide poisoning blamed for 'tragic' death of Kilkenny couple

Gardaí believe that the deaths of an elderly couple whose bodies were found in a house outside Kilkenny city were the result of a "tragic accident".

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Reddit users are sharing their secrets for ageing well

Reddit users are sharing their secrets for ageing well

The question is – are you drinking enough water?

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Alone sees doubling of older people seeking help

Alone sees doubling of older people seeking help

Charity organisation Alone saw a doubling in the number of older people availing of its services last year.

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6,000 elderly people waiting to receive home care support, report says

6,000 elderly people waiting to receive home care support, report says

A new report says around 6,000 elderly people are on waiting lists to receive home care support.

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Get up close and personal with intimate show

Get up close and personal with intimate show

INTIMACY, a new show at Trinity’s Science Gallery, explores human connection, says Jonathan deBurca Butler

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Advocacy group support man in bid to show he has has mental capacity to decide own best interests

Advocacy group support man in bid to show he has has mental capacity to decide own best interests

The president of the High Court will rule later whether a man with severe life long epilepsy who has been in a nursing home since early this year has the necessary mental capacity to decide to return home.

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‘I’m almost feral!’ Grumpy Old Woman Jenny Eclair on her light-hearted approach to ageing.

‘I’m almost feral!’ Grumpy Old Woman Jenny Eclair on her light-hearted approach to ageing.

Jenny Eclair might be best known for her work in Grumpy Old Women, but the 58-year-old is far from crotchety.

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Scientists developing a robot cat with AI to help the elderly with everyday tasks

Scientists developing a robot cat with AI to help the elderly with everyday tasks

US scientists are developing a cat that can keep a person company, does not need a litter box and can remind an ageing owner to take their medicine or help find their spectacles.

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Extra €400,000 for scheme to give personalised alarms to the elderly

Extra €400,000 for scheme to give personalised alarms to the elderly

“It would be the best Christmas present that you could give an elderly person this year.”

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Latest figures reveal 42% increase in number of older people using befriending service

Latest figures reveal 42% increase in number of older people using befriending service

ALONE, the charity that supports older people to age at home, released its 2016 Annual Report today which showed a 42% increase in the number of people availing of ALONE’s Befriending Service.

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€320m required to meet elderly care funding gap: unpublished HSE report

€320m required to meet elderly care funding gap: unpublished HSE report

Millions of euro is required by the HSE to provide healthcare for the elderly, according to an unpublished HSE document.

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Agbonlahor supporters protest outside Dept of Justice

Supporters of the Nigerian family deported home earlier this month are due to mount a demonstration outside the Department of Justice today.

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Solicitor insists Agbonlahor legal case is not closed

The solicitor representing the Nigerian family deported earlier this week is reportedly insisting that their legal case in Ireland is not closed.

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Agbonlahors deportation challenge rejected

A Nigerian mother and her two young children are to be deported from Dublin later today.

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Agbonlahors to lodge last-minute deportation challenge

Solicitors for the Agbonlahor family will lodge a last-minute application for an injunction to stop their deportation this morning.

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Agbonlahor deportation delayed by a week

The deportation of a Nigerian woman and her two children was today delayed by at least a week.

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Minister asked to delay deportation of Nigerian family

Minister for Justice Brian Lenihan is being asked again to delay the deportation of a Nigerian mother and her six-year-old twins.

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Aghbonlahor family to be deported in the next few weeks

A Nigerian family due to be deported in the next few weeks have been ordered to move from their home in Co Kerry to an accommodation centre in Dublin.

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