Age Action is appealing to the public todonate their unwanted Christmas gifts to us this festive season, to provide desperatelyneeded funds for our work with older people.
“We all get gifts that are not suitable,”Age Action spokesman Eamon Timmins said. “Whether it is a jumper or blouse, a piece of jewelry or a DVD, rather than leave it sitting in the bottom of the wardrobe for the next 12 months, please consider donating it to an Age Action shop.”
Age Action is urging the public to take time out this Christmas to visit an older neighbour or friend and ensure they remain safe and well during the holiday period.
Age Action has warmly welcomed proposed moves to establish a special HSE fund for services and facilities which would enable more older people to remain living at home, rather than be admitted to nursing homes.
Age Action has given a cautious welcome to today’s announcement of the taxation element of Budget 2012, noting that it will result in a small increase in the income of some low income pensioners, but will leave most pensioners paying more for essential household items such as energy.
Age Action has expressed serious concern about the impact which today’s Budget measures will have on the poorest of older people.
“To cut the fuel allowance by more than 20% is going to create huge hardship among the most vulnerable of older people,” Age Action spokesman Eamon Timmins said. The Government announced today that the means-tested payment – which only went to those on lower incomes – would be paid over 26 weeks, compared to 32 weeks last year.
Age Action is organising a free technology event to enable older people learn about the huge potential which information technology has to improve the quality of their lives.
Try IT! will be a day-long event at the Courtyard Hotel, Main Street, Leixlip, Co. Kildare, on December 8. It follows on the success of Try IT! shows organised last month in Dublin and last year in Celbridge by the older people’s charity.
Google has launched a new website to help Ireland's younger generations' to teach their parents and older loved ones how to get the most from the Internet. GetYourFolksOnline.ie hopes to mobilise younger people across Ireland to pass their Internet skills on to the older people in their lives.
Age Action has warned that if the possible cuts to the public health service threatened by Health Minister James Reilly yesterday were implemented, they would cause widespread hardship to the lives of thousands of older people, would damage their health, and would have serious knock-on repercussions for Ireland’s health service.
Age Action is hosting the second year of our TRY IT event. This is a free technology event. It is aimed at the over 50s and will be held in the Central Hotel in Dublin City Centre on Exchequer Street on Tuesday 8th November 2011. Visitors can pop in anytime during the day from 10am to 4pm.
Age Action is urging the Government to reverse cuts to the free gas and electricity units for pensioners, amid growing concern at the severe hardship which the cuts will have for the most vulnerable of older people this winter.