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Check on older neighbours during heatwave

Published 19/07/2016

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Age Action has urged the general public to check on older neighbours, especially those living alone, following today’s Met Éireann weather warning.

While the warm weather is welcome, it can pose difficulties for older people, especially those with respiratory and heart problems. Certain medications can also reduce people’s tolerance of heat.

Justin Moran, Head of Advocacy and Communications with Age Action, said: “With temperatures expected to reach up to 30 degrees in parts of Ireland older people should try and take some simple precautions.

“They could remain in the shade at the hottest times of the day, pull the curtains on windows exposed to the sun, sip on cold drinks to remain hydrated, turn off unnecessary electrical equipment  and leave windows open to let air circulate.”

The public should also remember that neighbours and family members who keep regular contact with older people at other times of the year may be away on holidays. 

Mr Moran continued: “Everybody can play their part to ensure that everyone in their community remains well during the current warm spell and can enjoy the sunshine.”

Ireland may not be quite as warm as this, but we still need to be careful!
Ireland may not be quite as warm as this, but we still need to be careful!

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Call for Voices of Older People to be Heard

Age Action welcomes relaxation of some cocooning measures but criticises lack of consultation with older people.

 

 

(1 May) Age Action called for the Government to consult with older people as it plans for the longer-term impacts of Covid-19. To date, public health and Government advice has treated the over 70 age cohort as one. As a single age cohort people over the age of 70 have been subject to public health measures but not enabled to participate in the decision-making process that would ensure that their lived experience and their self-identified needs informs the outcome.