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Age Action announces elder abuse conference for Dublin

Published 19/10/2016


National and international experts in the field of elder abuse will be speaking at a conference organised by Age Action and the Gaiety School of Acting on Monday 7 November, from 9.30 to 4pm in the Smock Alley Theatre, Dublin.

The most recent figures from the HSE indicate that in 2014 they received 2,592 referrals of cases of elder abuse, the highest level since records began and a five per cent increase on the previous year.The true figure is likely far higher due to a lack of awareness of the issue and a reluctance on the part of many victims to report their case to the HSE.

Age Action, along with partners in Ireland, Finland, Italy and Romania, is taking a lead in trying to tackle the problem using an innovative socio-drama approach.With our partners in the Gaiety School of Acting in Dublin, who bring their experience in addressing social issues through drama workshops, we are piloting new ways of educating older people in nursing homes and care staff about their human rights and how to protect themselves from elder abuse.

As part of an Erasmus + funded project we have invited experts from Ireland and abroad to discuss the rising levels of elder abuse, explore its causes and identify possible solutions. 

Age Action conference on financial elder abuse in 2014.
Age Action conference on financial elder abuse in 2014.


Professor Simon Biggs, PhD.  Professor of Gerontology & Social Policy School of Social & Political Sciences, Melbourne University, Australia.

Title: ‘A Generational Intelligent response to Elder Abuse and Ageism’

Dr Amanda Phelan, School of Nursing, Midwifery & Health Systems, University College Dublin.

Title: 'Culture and Elder Abuse: Two dimensions'

Alicia Gomez Campos, European Network of National Human Rights Institutions, ENNHRI.

Title: ‘Human Rights of Older Persons and Long-Term Care’

Bridget Penhale, University of East Anglia (UEA), UK.

Title: ‘Domestic Violence and Elder Abuse: Human Rights challenges’

Ioana Caciula, PhD candidate at the University of Bucharest, Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences.

Title: 'Loneliness and elder abuse in older population'

Dr Tom Maguire, School of Creative Arts, University of Ulster.

Title: ‘From Advocacy to agency: Creative performance and older people’

Gaiety School of Acting

Title: 'Sociodrama, Tackling Ageism, Preventing Abuse (S.T.Age) workshops for older people and staff in care settings in practice'

To register

There is no charge for attending and you can register online here or email For any queries contact  Dr Marita O’Brien, Age Action at 087 634 6399 or Dr Anna Kadzik-Bartoszewska, Gaiety School of Acting  at 01 679 9277 Ext.14.


My Legacy Month

My Legacy Month is an initiative for the month of November during which My Legacy and their 65 member charities ask the public to consider leaving a legacy gift in their will to a charity they care about. But what exactly is this? It is simply a gift, something that you can give after you have made provisions for loved ones or family members in your will.


At Age Action we recognise that every legacy gift we receive means that we have been remembered by someone in their will and so it is particularly meaningful to us. We welcome the financial benefit, which helps us continue and develop existing services or can kick start innovative new initiatives, but more importantly the gift is evidence that the person believes that we have, or can, make a positive difference in the lives older people in Ireland.


One of the largest legacies Age Action received, to date, was just over €100,000 which helped us strengthen our Care and Repair service to provide practical support and social contact to older people with the aim of helping them to remain living in their own homes, for longer, in increased safety and comfort. Age Action understands that as people get older, maintaining their home can become more difficult, particularly if they are experiencing mobility issues. Simply changing a lightbulb or weeding the garden can be challenging and paying someone to do it can be expensive for people who depend on the State Pension. 


We also receive regular smaller legacy gifts, which are just as important and meaningful to us and highlight that anyone can plan to include a cause close to their heart, like Age Action, in their will regardless of the size of their estate.


Caroline O’Connell, Head of Fundraising at Age Action says “Leaving a legacy gift to Age Action means that we can continue to make a difference for Ireland’s ageing population, in your memory.”


To find out more about My Legacy including how to make a will to ensure that your wishes are carried out you can visit or if you want to talk about how your legacy gift could make a difference to Age Action you can contact Caroline at