ALONE response to measures in Budget 2021 for older people

ALONE, the organisation that supports older people, has responded to today’s Budget, by welcoming the increased investment in health care for older people but has additionally highlighted some failings of Budget 2021. Seán Moynihan, CEO of ALONE, commented; “ALONE are delighted to see the increased investment in healthcare such as the home care support hours […]

‘We owe it to our older people’ ALONE calls on Government to establish a regulated home care sector to ensure the safeguarding of older people

ALONE, the organisation which supports older people has highlighted the need for an established and regulated home care sector in Ireland to support older people to age at home for as long as they wish. The organisation believes that the lack of governance within the home care sector has had an ongoing negative impact on home […]

ALONE release Health and Wellbeing plan to support older people amid the COVID-19 pandemic

ALONE, the organisation which supports older people, has released a Health and Wellbeing plan, addressing key issues which continue to affect the health and wellbeing of older people across the country as we move into the later stages of the COVID-19 Roadmap. The initiative came about as part of ALONE’s response to COVID-19; however it is also […]

ALONE warns that cocooning will have a long term impact on the physical health and wellbeing of older people

ALONE, the organisation which supports older people, has cautioned that current COVID-19 cocooning measures will have long term effects on the physical health and wellbeing of older people across the country. The organisation is concerned that current cocooning measures are causing a ‘health gap’ among older people which will have a negative impact on their […]

ALONE receives increased number of calls from older people regarding mental health difficulties stemming from cocooning

ALONE, the organisation which supports older people, has voiced its concern regarding the impact of cocooning measures on older people’s mental health. In the past ten days, 62% of practical support requests made to ALONE’s national COVID-19 helpline were in relation to social isolation and loneliness. The organisation has renewed their calls for a national strategy on […]

New Stay At Home Library for older Irish people abroad

EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum has developed a Stay At Home Library curated especially for older Irish people abroad who are cocooning at home. The link is https://dublin.epicchq.com/stay-at-home For anyone missing Ireland, the Stay At Home Library brings entertaining, evocative and interesting Irish conversations, dramas, music, podcasts, poetry, scenery and sport to their screens. There’s […]

ALONE, Gavin James and Bonfire team up for the launch of the charity’s ‘Now more than ever’ video campaign

ALONE, the organisation which supports older people, have teamed up with Gavin James and Bonfire Dublin to release their ‘Now more than ever’ campaign, a series of short videos on loneliness featuring Gavin James’s music, which call on members of the public to stay in touch with the older people they know who may be […]

ALONE welcomes the introduction of banking supports for older people restricted by cocooning measures

 ALONE, the organisation which supports older people, has welcomed measures taken by the Banking and Payments Federation of Ireland (BPFI) to assist older people who are cocooning with banking. The five main retail banks have introduced free phone numbers to offer assistance and advice to older customers required to stay at home amid the COVID-19 […]

ALONE launch a COVID-19 support line for older people

ALONE, the organisation that supports older people, has announced the launch of a national support line and additional supports for older people who have concerns or are facing difficulties relating to the outbreak of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) in Ireland. On Tuesday 3 March, the National Public Health Emergency, chaired by Dr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer […]

ALONE encourage older people to remain calm and take preventative health measures as COVID-19 is confirmed in Ireland

ALONE is urging older people to take extra care and observe guidelines from the HSE and Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC) following the announcement of a case of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) in the east of Ireland. Older people may be more vulnerable to viruses such as COVID-19, due to compromised or weakened immune systems or pre-existing health […]

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