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Age Action response to HSE Service Plan 2018

Published 20/12/2017

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Age Action, Ireland’s leading advocacy organisation for older people, has welcomed the increased investment in homecare services announced in today’s HSE Service Plan for 2018 while warning more funding is needed to enable older people to stay at home.  

Justin Moran, Head of Advocacy and Communications, said: “Homecare in Ireland is in crisis. Waiting lists are growing and older people are forced into nursing homes because they are not being supported to live at home.

“The increased investment in home care supports outlined in today’s HSE Service Plan is undoubtedly welcome, as are plans to simplify the application process.

“But while the additional funding will help some families who are struggling to cope the scale of the crisis means we need far more resources to help older people stay at home, with their families, as long as possible.”

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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.