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Advocacy and Elder Abuse

To whom do I report suspected Elder Abuse?

If you suspect that elder abuse is happening you can contact the HSE 1850 24 1850 or find your local Safeguarding and Protection team here and contact them directly. 

You can also speak to the nurse manager in the nursing home. Every nursing home should have an individual appointed and trained to handle elder abuse cases.  

How do I go about getting an advocate for someone in a nursing home?

Third Age Ireland’s SAGE provides an advocacy service and you can contact them at 01-536 7330/1850-719400 or email them. They will also give you advice if you suspect elder abuse.

You can also contact Age Action's Information Service in confidence on 01-475 6989 from 9am-1pm and 2pm-5pm Monday to Friday.

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STOP67 calls for inclusion of advocates for women and older people on Pensions Commission

(13 November) The STOP67 Coalition has expressed its disappointment at the failure of the Government to appoint sufficient members to the Pensions Commission who reflect the interests of those most affected by the proposed pension age increase and, in particular, organisations representing women and older people. The Coalition includes the National Women’s Council (NWC), SIPTU, Age Action and Active Retirement Ireland.

In a letter to An Taoiseach, Micheál Martin, the Coalition said it was “shocked and surprised” that the Commission does not include the representatives of so many of those directly affected by the proposed pension age increase. This followed the announcement by the Government of the members of the Commission, which is due to assess whether the pension age should be increased to 67 years and to set out a future plan for the pension system.