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Why support Age Action?

One of the biggest challenges we face at Age Action is the raising of funds to continue our work with older people and their carers.

Age Action is a national charity, which works to improve the quality of life of all older people, especially those who are most disadvantaged and vulnerable. Through our programmes and campaigns we work to enable them to live full, independent and satisfying lives. We also work closely to support the carers of older people.

Although the number of older people in Ireland is growing steadily, many face considerable difficulties such as the threat of poverty, age discrimination and inadequate access to quality services such as community care, the health services and rural transport. Age Action is working at local level with groups of older people, while also campaigning at national level to influence policy makers to address these problems.

Your support will help us to:

  • Roll out our “Care and Repair” project, which carries out small repairs to older people’s homes and also operates a home visitation service.
  • Expand our “Getting Started” programme, which trains older people to use computers and the Internet.
  • Promote our “Dignity in Care” programme, which promotes the value and importance of dignity in care settings, improving the quality of care for older people.
  • Further develop our “University of the Third Age (U3A)” network, which supports the establishment of groups of older people for educational and social get-togethers.
  • Provide information about rights and entitlements to the thousands of callers who contact our “Information Service” each year.

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Tax Relief on Donations

Are you interested in donating more than €250 in one calendar year? If so, you are eligible to tax relief on that donation.

World Refugee Day

 Today, June 20th is World Refugee Day. The number of people fleeing war, persecution and conflict exceeded 70 million in 2018. This is the highest level that UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, has seen in its almost 70 years. Data from UNHCR’s annual Global Trends report, released this week shows that almost 70.8 million people are now forcibly displaced. To put this in perspective, this is double the level of 20 years ago, 2.3 million more than a year ago, and corresponds to a population between that of Thailand and Turkey.   Today, older refugees make up some 8.5 per cent of the overall population of concern to UNHCR, and by 2050 more of the world will be over 60 than under 12. Older refugees experience an additional burden due to their age and associated conditions. In a report published by the Centre for Policy on Ageing and Age UK, they identified that “the main issues facing older refugees and asylum seekers are low income, the language barrier, the risk of loneliness and a lack of social networks, and possibly a loss of social status”.  Reduced mobility and a high number of chronic medical conditions also greatly impact the life of an older refugee, as adequate and culturally appropriate healthcare is often difficult to access. As well, throughout their time in refugee shelters, older refugees are also more likely to experience social disintegration, the impact of negative social selection and chronic dependency on the resources of refugee shelters. According to the International Federation on Ageing “The contributions of older refugees can have far-reaching impacts on the preservation of the cultures and traditions of disposed and displaced people. The wisdom and experiences of older refugees must be harnessed through formal and informal leadership roles, to improve the welfare of all refugees”. Marion MacGregor, writing for InfoMigrants says “Older refugees can be seen as an asset, rather than simply requiring special care. In many families, it falls to them to look after children so that their parents can work….. Older people are transmitters of culture, skills and crafts that are important in preserving traditions of displaced people. The resilience of older people can help to strengthen communities and they can contribute to positive and peace-building interactions with the local host communities.”    

You might be due a tax refund

 

 

Revenue wants to make sure that everyone knows about the tax credits, reliefs and exemptions they are entitled to. Revenue wrote to some people recently telling them that they might be entitled to a tax refund going back as far as 2014.
If you think that you might also be due a tax refund for the year 2014, you need to submit a claim to Revenue before midnight on 31 December 2018. If you don’t want to miss out, submit your claim to Revenue before then.