Elderly 'struggling to make daily payments'

Older people are reporting an increase in family rows and bullying because of financial difficulties, it has emerged today.

Older people are reporting an increase in family rows and bullying because of financial difficulties, it has emerged today.

Statistics from the Senior Help Line, for the first five months of this year, show an increase in family problems and a rise in cases of elder abuse.

Spokesperson Anne Dempsey said that they are hearing many cases of the economic climate putting pressure on the elderly.

“Older people managing on a budget worried about how they might manage worried about future security, what was a right maybe is going to be taken from them and a general feeling of uncertainty,” she said.

“Other callers who are very much worried about their investments, how they're going to manage in older age, if they can afford to pay for their nursing home care, people worried just on the very day-to-day things about repaying loans to their credit union and paying their bills.”

The Senior Help Line - 1850 440 444 - is a confidential service for older people run by volunteers.

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