Age Action, the national charity for older people, is urging the Munster public to take part in one of the province's most thrilling “walks” – down the side of the 17-storey Clarion Hotel in Limerick!
Age Action has welcomed the publication today of a Seanad committee report on the rights of older people, noting that it addresses key issues for older people in Ireland.
An Age Action delegation today met with the International Monetary Fund in Dublin to highlight the impact which austerity measures and cutbacks were having on older people.
Age Action has urged communities across Ireland to be vigilant about the needs of their older neighbours, especially those living alone, in the wake of this weekend’s tragic discovery in Wexford.
The body of an older man, discovered at house in Wexford town on Sunday evening, is believed to have been there for a number of months. Gardai were alerted by a passerby who became suspicious when they saw a Christmas tree in the house with the lights on.
A dedicated computer training room for older people was officially opened in Galway city this afternoon, as part of the latest expansion in Age Action’s award-winning programme to provide older people with IT skills.
IMF comments highlight lack of awareness of the impact which austerity measures are having on older peopleSun, 04/03/2012 - 12:21
Age Action is alarmed by comments by the International Monetary Fund that the Government needs to cut key supports for older people such as free travel and free electricity/gas units, and Over-70s Medical Cards, and “assess the appropriateness of the real state pension rate”.
The comments are contained in the IMF’s fifth review, published on Friday (March 2), which states that older people have “remained largely unaffected by recent welfare adjustments”.
Age Action has welcomed the introduction of national standards for the 26 organisations who have been selected to provide enhanced home care packages on behalf of the HSE.
This is the first time that national standards have been introduced in Ireland for home care packages and marks a step forward in protecting some of the most vulnerable of older people.