Ireland’s largest celebration of positive ageing commences tomorrow (October 1) when hundreds of events - from tea parties and social outings, to concerts and cultural events - take place to mark Age Action’s Positive Ageing Week.
Age Action has urged the general public to check on older neighbours, especially those living alone, during the current warm weather, with Met Eireann forecasting temperatures of 26 or 27 degrees today and over the coming days.
Age Action has warmly welcomed the Government’s commitment to protect the Travel Pass scheme for older people, and the inclusion of this commitment in its statement of priorities for the remaining three years of the current administration.
Age Action today urged the government to amend the Assisted Decision Making (Capacity) Bill 2013 in order for it to recognise older people’s rights to liberty and security. The call comes as Ireland undergoes its fourth examination under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) by the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva today.
Age Action today urged the Government not to proceed with planned changes to the Travel Pass for older people, warning that any negative changes to the scheme would be vehemently opposed by older people.
Age Action had the busiest year in its 21 year history in 2013, providing direct support for thousands of older people as the Government’s austerity measures continued to hit the sickest and poorest, the charity’s annual meeting was told in Dublin today.
Age Action has urged the general public to check on older neighbours, especially those living alone, during the current warm weather, with Met Eireann forecasting that temperatures could hit 27 or 28 degrees Celsius today.
Age Action is urging the general public to play a greater role to help tackle the silent scourge of elder abuse in Ireland by becoming aware of the warning signs of abuse and knowing what to do if they suspect an older neighbour or friend is being abused.