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Check on older neighbours during heatwave

Published 19/07/2016


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!


Age Action Ireland to benefit from Gas Networks Ireland Survey

Gas Networks Ireland is raising money for Age Action. If you've recently called their contact centre or had work done by them, you might receive a text from Gas Networks asking for your feedback. For every response received, they'll donate €2 to Age Action. There is no obligation to participate.

How It Works - If you've had contact with Gas Networks Ireland service centre or had work carried out by them, you may receive a message from Marie Lyster, their Customer Experience Manager. This message is an invitation to share your feedback. 

By providing feedback – only if you choose to – you'll be supporting Age Action Ireland. For every piece of feedback received, Gas Networks Ireland will donate €2 to our organisation. This contribution can support our efforts to improve the lives of older people in Ireland.You won't be asked for any bank details or money. Gas Networks Ireland is handling all the donations.

If you would rather not get these texts, just let them know and you won’t be included.  If you are over 65yrs old, you can contact them directly on their Age-Friendly service.  See their contact details here.

For Corporate Clients- Please note that Gas Networks donate €50 for each qualitative interview their commercial customers take part in.

Details on Gas networks customer surveys is available here.

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