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Census supports calls for homecare spending in October budget

Published 15/06/2017

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Budget 2018 decisions must be informed by the trends highlighted in the Census data released today according to Age Action, Ireland’s leading advocacy organisation for older people.

An increase in the ageing population means that that the actual number of people aged over 65 with a disability has increased from 204,069 in 2011 to 224,388 in 2016.

Despite this the number of home help hours available, 10.57 million, has remained stagnant for the last 2 years and it is more than a million hours fewer than in 2011.

Naomi Feely, Senior Policy Officer with Age Action, said: “Unlike any other data source, the Census tells us about the entire population of Ireland.

“Decisions about the levels of funding required for home help services in Budget 2018 must be based on these figures to ensure that as many older people as possible can be supported to live independently in their own home. 

“Our home care services are in crisis. Across Ireland thousands of older people are on waiting lists for home care packages. This crisis is driven by a lack of adequate funding to address the needs of our older population.”

The CSO published Census 2016 Summary Results – Part 2 today which provides information about employment, education, health, disability and carers.

 

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A Fair Society for All? Listening to the Voices of Older People

Often, inequalities experienced by older people reflect an accumulated disadvantage which can be as a result of factors such as socio-economic status, health, gender, location. How existing inequalities impact on us as we age is something we in Age Action explored through a panel discussion 10 September – A Fair Society For All? Listening to the Voice of Older People – in Croke Park, on the occasion of the Annual General Meeting 2019.

An audience of over 160 people, including members of Age Action and people working in the ageing sector, joined the conversatoin which included a panel disucssion moderated by the CEO Paddy Connolly. The discussion centred on a discussion paper, Equality for All - Older People for Equality, published by Age Action in advance.The  panel set the scene with inputs from Michael Taft, Economist and political economy columnist, Colette Bennett, Policy Analyst Social Justice Ireland, Deirdre Garvey, CEO The Wheel, Ailbhe Smith, Co-Director of Together for Yes.