ALONE respond to Government’s Housing for Older People policy statement

Charity for older people has welcomed the report

Dublin, 27th February 2019  ALONE, the charity that supports older people to age at home, has told Minister for Older People, Jim Daly TD, that they have welcomed the policy statement ‘Housing Options for Our Ageing Population’ published today, as he paid a visit to the ALONE office this morning.

Minister Daly visited ALONE’s head office to view the charity’s assistive technology to support older people to age at home for longer.

A collaborative project between the Departments of Housing and Health, the policy statement examines housing options for older people in Ireland.

Seán Moynihan, CEO of ALONE, said, “We welcome the Government’s statement on housing options for older people and the recognition from Minister Daly and Minister English that housing for older people needs an element of support.”

“There is an assumption that the housing needs of older people have already been met. Yet, the TILDA report shows that 58% of older people have problems with housing conditions. With a rapidly ageing population, we hope that this joint statement will bring about policy and housing models which prevent a housing crisis for older people in the years to come.”

He continued, “We are encouraged by the report’s recommendation to purpose build 30% of new houses to accommodate the country’s ageing population and to ensure that half of all new apartment developments align with the needs of older people and those with mobility issues. As we develop these supported housing options, it is also important to be conscious of community and social inclusion for older people,” he continued.

With first hand experience in providing housing for older people, ALONE has campaigned for a wide range of housing options to cater to the life-cycle and better match the level of care needed for people who want to remain living independently.

According to ALONE’s own housing report, ‘Housing Choices for Older People: Time for Action’ released last year, building one- and two-bedroom homes for older people can increase their housing options and help to mitigate the housing crisis among larger families, saving money in building costs for larger homes.

Moynihan commented, “Regardless of age, everyone wants to have their own front door. Providing a spectrum of housing options with supports works to maintain independence and choice for every older person. From a care perspective, this also lessens the reliance on hospital and nursing home care which can incur large costs.”

Moynihan concluded, “It is vitally important that we provide choice in housing to older people to enable them to age in surroundings comfortable to them. Our research has shown that funding housing with support options, through adaptation grants and purpose-built housing, will save government money and protect the independence of the older person.”

The charity welcomed the Government’s research into ‘right-sizing’ which indicated that with incentives, 15% of older people would consider moving to a different home in their community.

 

Click for more information on ALONE’s report ‘Housing Choices for Older People in Ireland – Time for Action’.

 

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About ALONE

Established in 1977, ALONE supports older people to age at home. ALONE works with those who have issues with loneliness and social isolation, lack of services, poor health, poverty, homelessness or housing.  ALONE provides Support Coordination, Housing with Support, Befriending and Campaigning services to over 1,000 older people nationwide every week.ALONE’s services are quality approved and are delivered 365 days a year.

 

For more information contact:

Lauren Freir, Limelight Communications, lauren.freir@limelight.ie, 01 668 0600, 087 238 0853

Kathryn Byrne, Limelight Communications, kathryn.byrne@limelight.ie, 01 668 0600, 085 233 6033

 

 

 

Minister Jim Daly views ALONE’s BConnect assistive technology

The Minister for Older People visited the charity’s head office today

Dublin, 27th February 2019 The Minister for Older People, Jim Daly, today visited the office of ALONE, the charity which supports older people to age at home, to meet with the team bringing BConnect assistive technology to older people.

Developed to support older people to continue living independently for longer, ALONE will roll out their technology to more than 270 older people this year, with a focus on rural areas.

The app and technology enables older people to stay linked in with support services, self-monitor their health and activity, and feel secure and supported in their home. The technology includes ALONE’s BWell app, home sensors, a smart watch and alarm button.

Speaking from the visit to ALONE this morning, Minister Daly said, “I am delighted to see such innovation inspired to help Ireland’s older people. The pioneering work of ALONE in this area is going a long way to help change the future of independent living as we age and I look forward to the feedback from the initial rollout.”

Seán Moynihan, CEO of ALONE, said, “At ALONE we see the challenges posed by an ageing demographic. We are working to meet them by reimagining our services and making the most of technological advances to provide the best support we can to older people and the people and organisations who care for them.”

Moynihan continued, “Our team has worked tirelessly to develop a range of technology that provides impactful support and remains accessible to all those using the technology, from the older person, their family and support workers.”

BConnect is developed by ALONE in partnership with Netwell CASALA and with support from the Social Innovation Fund’s THINKTECH grant. It is the first platform of its kind which ties together the older person, volunteers, family and healthcare professionals through one data management system. ALONE hopes that BConnect will revolutionise ageing at home and in the community.

The technology will shortly be rolled out to a group of 60 older people living in Galway, Mayo and Roscommon with funding received under the Dormant Accounts Fund Action Plan 2018[1].

The BConnect platform has already won the first ever FreedomTech Award 2017 at a conference on assistive technology. Dublin. The FreedomTech Assembly was run by Enable Ireland and the Disability Federation of Ireland (DFI).

 

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NOTE TO THE EDITOR

Representatives from ALONE are available for interview or comment on issues which affect older people, including healthcare, loneliness, pensions, housing, homelessness, and technology.

About ALONE

ALONE supports older people to age at home. We use individualised care plans to support older people to overcome problems large and small, including loneliness, lack of access to medical services, poverty, homelessness and housing difficulties. ALONE staff provide one point of contact to coordinate services and housing, and assist with reduced hospital admissions and quicker discharges. Our assistive technology provides security and support to age at home. Our volunteers provide friendship and practical help by visiting or telephoning an older person. Over the past 10 years, ALONE has grown from supporting 200 older people per year to 3,500, and from 45 volunteers to 1,500.

For more information contact:

Lauren Freir, Limelight Communications, lauren.freir@limelight.ie, 01 668 0600/087 238 0853

Kathryn Byrne, Limelight Communications, kathryn.byrne@limelight.ie, 01 668 0600

[1]2.1.4 Effective utilisation of technology to support older people to live in their communities

ALONE launch BConnect technology pilot for older people living in Galway, Mayo and Roscommon

The charity has received €169,365 funding under the Dormant Accounts Fund Action Plan

Galway, 22nd February 2019  ALONE, the charity which supports older people to age at home, has announced a pilot programme to provide its BConnect supportive technology to 60 older people in Galway, Mayo and Roscommon. The programme was launched by Minister of State at the Department of Rural and Community Development, Seán Canney TD, in the PorterShed, Galway today.

Funding of €169,365 received under the Dormant Accounts Fund Action Plan 2018[1] will be used to provide ALONE’s BConnect technology and support to 60 older people who use the services of Clúid and St Vincent de Paul.

Every older person will be provided with a tablet with ALONE’s BWell app, and will have smart home technology (BHome) installed, which will enable them to stay linked in with support services, self-monitor their health and activity, and feel secure and supported in their home.

The funds will also support the position of Community Coordinator, who will engage with local community organisations and work with both new and existing befriending and support services in Galway, Mayo and Roscommon.

It is hoped that the learnings from the pilot will be used to make ALONE’s BConnect technology available across the country.

Minister Canney said at the launch, “Ireland is looking ahead to an ageing demographic and it is essential that we are working to provide the best quality of care across urban and rural areas. Innovation in care by organisations such as ALONE offers huge benefits to older people and their families as they pursue independent living as they age. It is fantastic to see such a pioneering programme in place for the older people of Galway, Mayo and Roscommon.”

Seán Moynihan, CEO of ALONE, said, “ALONE is delighted to have the support of the Dormant Accounts Fund Action Plan and to be working with Clúid and St Vincent de Paul to further the development and implementation of BConnect technology and community supports. With the help of advancements in technology and the support of ALONE staff, older people will be able to age at home independently for longer.”

Moynihan continued, “At ALONE we see the challenges posed by an ageing demographic. We are working to meet them by reimagining our services and making the most of technological advances to provide the best support we can to older people and the people and organisations who care for them. It is fantastic to be able to provide our services to people in the West of Ireland directly for the first time and we hope that this is just the beginning of our journey.”

ALONE BConnect provides technology and community supports to create connections between older people and the support organisations they need. BConnect offers smart technology, knowledge-sharing, and training opportunities to support people to live independently at home.

ALONE’s most recent Annual Report cited a sizable growth in the demand for its services, echoing Ireland’s rapidly changing demographic and the continued difficulties faced by older people across the country. With over 1.2 million people to be aged over 60 in Ireland by 2032, the need for services to support older people will only grow.

To find out more information about getting support from or volunteering for ALONE, visit alone.ie or call (01) 679 1032.

 

22//02/2019 Repro free Pictured are:
Seán Kyne TD is Government Chief Whip and Minister of State for the Irish Language, the Gaeltacht and the Islands, Sophie Ainscough, BConnect manager, Seán Canney TD, Minister of State for the Department of Rural and Community Development and Seán Moynihan, CEO of ALONE.
Photo:Andrew Downes XPOSURE .

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NOTE TO THE EDITOR

Representatives from ALONE are available for interview or comment on issues which affect older people, including healthcare, loneliness, pensions, housing, homelessness, and technology.

 

About ALONE

ALONE supports older people to age at home. We use individualised care plans to support older people to overcome problems large and small, including loneliness, lack of access to medical services, poverty, homelessness and housing difficulties. ALONE staff provide one point of contact to coordinate services and housing, and assist with reduced hospital admissions and quicker discharges. Our assistive technology provides security and support to age at home. Our volunteers provide friendship and practical help by visiting or telephoning an older person. Over the past 10 years, ALONE has grown from supporting 200 older people per year to 3,500, and from 45 volunteers to 1,500.

 

For more information contact:

Lauren Freir, Limelight Communications, lauren.freir@limelight.ie, 01 668 0600, 087 238 0853

Kathryn Byrne, Limelight Communications, kathryn.byrne@limelight.ie, 01 668 0600

 

[1] 2.1.4 Effective utilisation of technology to support older people to live in their communities

ALONE encourage public to check in on older neighbours as yellow weather warning updated

PRESS RELEASE

Dublin, 29th January 2019   ALONE is urging older people to take extra care following the status yellow weather warning issued nationwide by Met Éireann. Significant accumulations of snow and temperatures as low as -3C are expected as part of the warning, which is in place from Tuesday morning until 6pm on Saturday.

ALONE is advising older people who are concerned about their own wellbeing during the cold weather to call for assistance and help if needed. ALONE is also calling on members of the public to check on their older neighbours and assist them if they need to travel to the local shop or post office during the bad weather.

Older people can be more vulnerable during cold weather and snowy conditions. Older people most at risk include those living alone, those with health issues, and those with limited mobility.

Seán Moynihan, CEO of ALONE commented, “We must all be conscious of the advice from Met Éireann, especially as the update this morning pointed to an increased concern of snowfall. We are asking members of the public to remember their older neighbours living alone and to consider their needs, such as food, essentials or possibly medication pick up. We’re advising older people to stay indoors where possible once the cold weather takes hold, and to take care in order to avoid falls on ice or sleet.”

Further information, including advice and tips for older people in extreme weather conditions, can be found on www.alone.ie.

Those who have concerns for an older person, or older people in need of assistance can contact ALONE on (01) 679 1032. The charity, which depends on donations from the public, has volunteers and staff who can act on requests for assistance, and works in partnership to ensure all calls for assistance are responded to. ALONE can assist and advise on issues relation to food, heat, or medication.

 

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About ALONE

ALONE supports older people to age at home. We use individualised care plans to support older people to overcome problems large and small, including loneliness, lack of access to medical services, poverty, homelessness and housing difficulties. ALONE staff provide one point of contact to coordinate services and housing, and assist with reduced hospital admissions and quicker discharges. Our assistive technology provides security and support to age at home. Our volunteers provide friendship and practical help by visiting or telephoning an older person some daily some weekly. Over the past 10 years, ALONE has grown from supporting 200 older people per year to 3,500, and from 45 volunteers to 1,500.

 

For more information contact:

Lauren Freir, Limelight Communications, lauren.freir@limelight.ie, 01 668 0600, 087 238 0853

Kathryn Byrne, Limelight Communications, kathryn.byrne@limelight.ie, 01 668 0600, 085 233 6033

Tony Gunning Art Shop raises €11,784 for ALONE

Charity pop up shop sells hundreds of paintings to support older people

Dublin, 24th January  ALONE, the charity that supports older people, today closed its Tony Gunning art pop-up shop which raised €11,784 for the charity. The store, located on the third floor of Dublin’s Stephen’s Green Shopping Centre, has been open since November.

Dublin artist Tony Gunning donated more than 400 of his original paintings to ALONE, which have been sold with the help of 70 volunteer shop assistants and seven corporate groups.

With support from Lisney, U Store it and Delaney Mini Removals, and space donated by Stephen’s Green Shopping Centre, the pop-up shop operated with minimal overheads, allowing 100% of proceeds to support the charity’s work.

“This is a fantastic example of how communities can come together to support a charitable project,” said ALONE CEO Seán Moynihan. “We are consistently overwhelmed by the generosity of our donors and supporters, but the level of cooperation and support we received from all involved in this project has been astounding.”

Moynihan continued, “We have received wonderful support from Tony Gunning, our volunteers, Stephen’s Green Shopping Centre, Lisney, U Store it, Capita, Slack, Cadence, Delaney Mini Removals and so many other people and organisations, all of whom worked together to help to make this happen. The funds raised from this project will help us to support older people across Ireland.”

The remainder of the paintings will be sold by Irish liquidators Rugs to Rhinos Harold’s Cross, with all funds going to ALONE.

“I am delighted to present the proceeds from the sale of my collection of artwork to ALONE,” said artist Tony Gunning. “I hope that more people will be able to benefit from ALONE’s services as a result.”

Tony Gunning has been working as a professional artist since 2000. During this time, he has welcomed great success and earned appraisal from far afield. In 2007, his work was recognised by fellow artists as he was presented with the Curator’s Award. Gunning’s art, which ranges from small local scenes to large contemporary realism, has also been shown at the European Parliament in Brussels.

 

About ALONE 

ALONE supports older people to age at home. We use individualised care plans to support older people to overcome problems large and small, including loneliness, lack of access to medical services, poverty, homelessness and housing difficulties. ALONE staff provide one point of contact to coordinate services and housing, and assist with reduced hospital admissions and quicker discharges. Our assistive technology provides security and support to age at home. Our volunteers provide friendship and practical help by visiting or telephoning an older person some daily some weekly. Over the past 10 years, ALONE has grown from supporting 200 older people per year to 3,500, and from 45 volunteers to 1,500.

Christmas Opening Hours

We will be closed on bank holidays, but open throughout the rest of the Christmas period.

Call us on (01) 6791032 or email hello@alone.ie if you need support.

24th December:    9-5
25th December:    Closed
26th December:    Closed
27th December:     9-5
28th December:     9-5
31st December:      9-5
1st January:           Closed

 

Give the gift of friendship this Christmas

ALONE urges the public to reach out to older people spending Christmas alone

Dublin, 19th December 2018  ALONE, the charity that supports older people to age at home, is asking members of the public to give the gift of friendship this Christmas and into the New Year. The charity is asking the public to help older people living alone by reaching out to their older neighbours and friends, by donating to ALONE, or by becoming a Befriending volunteer. The charity is also urging older people experiencing loneliness to get in touch with them for help.

Seán Moynihan, CEO of ALONE, commented, “Christmas can be one of the loneliest times of the year for some older people. However we need to remember that the loneliness felt at Christmas continues throughout the winter, and many older people will begin the New Year by themselves. There are more than 100,000 older people across Ireland who are struggling with loneliness and Christmas is just one of many long nights throughout the winter months which can be particularly difficult. We can all be guilty of getting caught up in the build up to Christmas as we reunite with friends and family, but it is important to remember that some older people may not have these connections to spend the festive season with.”

ALONE say that there are a number of ways the public can help an older person, starting with reaching out to an older person for a conversation. However, the charity is urging the public not to forget about the older people in their lives after the festive season.

Moynihan continued, “Starting a conversation with an older person you know can really make a difference this winter. On Christmas Day, ALONE will deliver Christmas dinners to older people who will be spending this Christmas by themselves, but loneliness isn’t just for Christmas day. We hope that communities will come together to reach out to older people in need of support or assistance, and, if they need it, to encourage them to pick up the phone and get in touch with ALONE. Alternatively, anyone looking to volunteer with ALONE can sign up as a Befriending volunteer.”

He concluded, “ALONE and the older people we support need help all year round. Last year we doubled the number of people we supported but donations only increased by 15%. The donations we receive from the public at Christmas help us to continue supporting older people across the country. We want to thank everyone one who has, and continues to, support us.”

For those who have concerns about their own wellbeing, or the wellbeing of an older person in their community, ALONE can be contacted on (01) 679 1032. To make a donation and help aid ALONE’s work this Christmas visit www.alone.ie

 

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About ALONE 

ALONE supports older people to age at home. We use individualised care plans to support older people to overcome problems large and small, including loneliness, lack of access to medical services, poverty, homelessness and housing difficulties. ALONE staff provide one point of contact to coordinate services and housing, and assist with reduced hospital admissions and quicker discharges. Our assistive technology provides security and support to age at home. Our volunteers provide friendship and practical help by visiting or telephoning an older person some daily some weekly. Over the past 10 years, ALONE has grown from supporting 200 older people per year to 3,500, and from 45 volunteers to 1,500.

Warm the heart of an older neighbour this winter

PRESS RELEASE

Lord Mayor launches ALONE and Dublin City Council Cold Weather Initiative

Repro Free: Dublin, 5th December 2018 Lord Mayor of Dublin, Nial Ring, launched Dublin City Council and ALONE’s cold weather campaign outside the newly opened Butlers Chocolate Café, on Dawson Street today. Dublin City Council’s Community Development Section, in association with ALONE, the Gardaí and Dublin Fire Brigade, is urging members of the public to check in on older people in their community this winter. To support the initiative, Butlers Chocolates Café is distributing 500 hot drink vouchers to encourage people to bring an elderly neighbour out for a chat and a cup of tea to any of their Dublin cafés. Pictured are: Gráinne Kenny, aged 81, ALONE service-use with John Burke, aged 77, ALONE service-user and Kevin Mann, aged 71, ALONE service-user. Picture Jason Clarke

Dublin, 5th December 2018  The Lord Mayor of Dublin, Nial Ring, launched Dublin City Council and ALONE’s cold weather campaign outside the newly opened Butlers Chocolate Café, 51 Dawson Street today. Dublin City Council’s Community Development Section, in association with ALONE, the Gardaí and Dublin Fire Brigade, is urging members of the public to check in on older people in their community this winter. Butlers Chocolates is also supporting the cold weather initiative by giving away 500 hot beverage vouchers for their network of Chocolate Cafés throughout Dublin.

Lord Mayor Nial Ring said, “The colder, dark winter months can be a difficult time for many people who are vulnerable and may be feeling isolated. We are appealing to all Dubliners to be mindful of older people in our communities who may live alone, have no family or may be at risk of suffering from fuel poverty, illness or loneliness. This campaign hopes to brighten the winter experience of many older people this year, who often face worries about warmth, shelter and essentials such as food and medication, with even a friendly word, a friendly smile or a friendy call. I know Dubliners will respond with our usual kindness, compassion and goodness.”

Seán Moynihan, CEO of ALONE commented, “Cold temperatures can have a serious impact on the lives and health of older people, particularly those living alone and those with limited mobility. This year, we want older people to remember to keep the HEAT on: have enough fuel supplies to keep your home warm, eat hot meals regularly, ask for help if you need it, and take extra care in icy and slippery conditions. We hope that by spreading this message, more older people will stay safe and well this winter.”

Moynihan continued, “We would encourage anyone concerned about their own wellbeing to reach out for assistance from ALONE if needed. TILDA have reported that around 1 in 4 older people have problems heating their home, and nearly half have experienced problems with damp, mould or moisture. We want people to know that ALONE can help with any winter problems they may have, from housing conditions to loneliness.”

Michelle McBride, Retail Director of Butlers Chocolates said, “We are delighted to assist Dublin City Council and ALONE’s cold weather campaign this year in any way that we can. To support today’s launch, Butlers are distributing 500 hot beverage vouchers to encourage people to reach out to an elderly neighbour and bring them along to a Butlers Chocolate Café in Dublin for a chat over a warming cup of coffee!”

ALONE is encouraging older people to prioritize their spending on heating during the winter months. For those who are struggling to keep up with utilities bills, you can contact your utilities company to set up a payment plan. ALONE has volunteers and staff ready to act on requests for assistance and can advise on issues relating to food, heat, or medication. Further information, including advice and tips for older people in cold weather conditions, can be found on www.alone.ie.

For those who have concerns about their own wellbeing, or the wellbeing of a vulnerable older person in the community, ALONE can be contacted on (01) 679 1032 or visit www.alone.ie.

The campaign is part of Dublin City Council’s commitment to an Age-Friendly City.

 

 

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About ALONE

Established in 1977, ALONE supports older people to age at home. ALONE works with those who have issues with loneliness and social isolation, lack of services, poor health, poverty, homelessness or housing.  ALONE provides Support Coordination, Housing with Support, Befriending and Campaigning services to over 1,000 older people nationwide every week. ALONE’s services are quality approved and are delivered 365 days a year.

For more information contact:

Lauren Freir, Limelight Communications, lauren.freir@limelight.ie, 01 668 0600, 087 238 0853

Kathryn Byrne, Limelight Communications, kathryn.byrne@limelight.ie, 01 668 0600, 085 233 6033

 

*Photos will be issued to your photodesks by Jason Clarke Photography*

Have a Laugh for Loneliness with ALONE this Christmas

PRESS RELEASE

Katherine Lynch is asking the public to reach out and have a laugh with older people
spending Christmas alone

 Dublin, 27th November 2018 ALONE, the charity that supports older people to age at home, today launched their Christmas campaign which asks individuals to reach out to older people who may be experiencing loneliness or isolation and to Have a Laugh for Loneliness. Comedienne Katherine Lynch launched the charity’s Christmas initiative today and urged members of the public to donate to ALONE and to offer friendship and support to those who are lonely or living alone.

The campaign encourages families, friends, and communities to get together this winter to hold a bake sale, a coffee morning or another social event to raise funds for ALONE and combat loneliness in their community. The charity are also asking that the public make their Christmas donation to ALONE to help support the over 100,000 older people who are lonely in Ireland.

Katherine Lynch commented at the launch in the Powerscourt Townhouse Centre, “I’m so excited to help ALONE launch their Christmas campaign this year. I’ve long been an admirer of their work and delighted to be a part of such a positive message. Loneliness and isolation can be serious problems for older people and dropping in for a cup of tea or helping a neighbour with their shopping could make all the difference to their week.”

She continued, “What we all need, no matter our age, is a good laugh. And there’s really no better reason than Christmas to drop in to your older neighbour or relatives and catch up! We’re all busier than ever and it’s important to take the time to check on the people around us, whether someone needs some help or just your company.”

ALONE provides direct, frontline services to people aged 60 years and over, through befriending, support coordination, housing and BConnect assistive technology. With the effects of loneliness on older people including increased risk of dementia, depression and cognitive decline, ALONE wants every older person to know that support is available to them.

Seán Moynihan, CEO of ALONE, commented, “Over the winter period, calls for support dramatically increase and loneliness is one of the most common issues facing older people. Many older people think that by asking for help and support they are bothering people. ALONE want them to know that they deserve the help they require and should not be afraid to ask for it.”

Moynihan continued, “We are asking members of the public to support ALONE by making a donation to support our services, donating their time to older people experiencing loneliness, or referring an older person who might use our services. These small acts of kindness can have an immensely positive impact on an older person’s well-being and can offer a real sense of security and comfort.”

Supporting the launch, Dr. Diarmuid O’Shea, President of The Irish Gerontological Society, said that “Loneliness is every bit as harmful to your health as smoking, drinking, lack of exercise, high blood pressure and obesity. We all have it in our power to help out with people who are lonely. We can beat loneliness one conversation at a time. Everyone needs a friend, so be that friend and befriend a neighbour this Christmas.”

ALONE’s activities over Christmas will include Christmas dinner dances for older people and volunteers, the delivery of hampers and Christmas trees to older people in need and a special Christmas Day dinner delivery for a number of older people.

For those who have concerns about their own wellbeing, or the wellbeing of an older person in their community, ALONE can be contacted on (01) 679 1032. To make a donation and help aid ALONE’s work this Christmastime visit www.alone.ie

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About ALONE

Established in 1977, ALONE supports older people to age at home. ALONE works with those who have issues with loneliness and social isolation, lack of services, poor health, poverty, homelessness or housing.  ALONE provides Support Coordination, Housing with Support, Befriending and Campaigning services to over 1,000 older people nationwide every week. ALONE’s services are quality approved and are delivered 365 days a year.

 

For more information contact:

Lauren Freir, Limelight Communications, lauren.freir@limelight.ie, 01 668 0600, 087 238 0853

Kathryn Byrne, Limelight Communications, kathryn.byrne@limelight.ie, 01 668 0600, 085 233 6033

 

One in Three Older people in Ireland Live Alone: SuperValu Encourages More Time for Chat as it Supports ALONE in Tackling Loneliness in Communities this Christmas

15/11/18 ***NO REPRO FEE*** SuperValu Encourages More Time for Chat as it Supports ALONE in Tackling Loneliness in Communities this Christmas
Pictured are Joan Kelly, Peter Brown and Pat Hussey, ALONE beneficiaries alongside Kevin Dundon and former RTE newsreader Anne Doyle as SuperValu call on the nation to Consider Taking Time to Catch up with someone in their community who maybe lonely this festive season.Pic: Marc O’Sullivan

Thursday, November 15th, 2018: Christmas can be a very lonely time for many, so SuperValu is set to help address this by supporting ALONE and raise funds to support people who are suffering from loneliness this Christmas. With statistics indicating that there will be over 300,000 people over the age of 65 living alone in Ireland by 2021, there has never been a greater need for action.  SuperValu through a range of fundraising initiatives will amplify the issue of loneliness this Christmas and highlight the importance to reach out to both young and old in the community.

With SuperValu at the heart of 217 communities, this year they are asking their shoppers to Consider Taking Time to Catch up with someone in their community who may be lonely this festive season and drop around to have a chat and cuppa along with a mince pie. A 0.20c donation from all packs of Signature Taste mince pies will go to ALONE. Retailers around the country will also be hosting local coffee and mince pie mornings and wine and cheese evenings on Friday 23rd and Saturday 24th of November to raise further funds and awareness for the charity.

SuperValu will also open its special All Things Considered Christmas Café on 41 South William St for two days from the 23rd – 24th November from 10am to 8pm. Bring a friend along and enjoy some festive treats, choosing from a menu of Christmas favourites from the Specially Sourced wine range, SuperValu Christmas cakes and sandwiches and Signatures Tastes meats and cheese platters with proceeds from the menu going to ALONE.

Speaking about the Christmas Campaign, ALONE CEO Sean Moynihan said. ‘At ALONE, our mission is to support older people to age at home. We provide friendship, support, and housing to ensure that older people can live independently at home without suffering from loneliness.  Most people aren’t aware of the severe impact loneliness can have on a both physical and mental health. We are delighted to be working with SuperValu on this campaign which highlights the real need for people to consider older people in their community, particularly around Christmas time. Their support with this campaign and across their retailer network helps us to continue the great and vital work that our organisation does.’

Des O’Mahony, SuperValu Marketing Director said, ‘With the statistics on loneliness particularly stark in Ireland there has never been a greater need for action.  SuperValu stores are at the heart of every community across Ireland and we play a pivotal role in providing not just a shop but a place to go to every day to see a friendly face for many elderly people. Coupled with our online delivery service, our retailers are supporting the elderly in every which way we can in communities.  This Christmas, we want to do more and our partnership with ALONE means that we can use our unique position to inspire people to consider time to catch up with someone that they may not have seen for some time and help us raise funds for ALONE to combat loneliness for many elderly people at this time of year.’

 

Share your Christmas catch up on Facebook.com/SuperValuIreland, on Twitter @SuperValuIRL and on Instagram @supervalu_Irl.

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Irish statistics on loneliness:

  • Older people experiencing high levels of loneliness are almost twice as likely to die within six years compared to those who are not lonely. [1]
    • People who reported feeling lonely have 64% greater risk of developing dementia in old age than those who did not feel lonely. [1]
    • Loneliness can be worse for us than well known risk factors such as obesity.[2]
    • Lonely people suffer disproportionately with mental health issues,[3] cognitive decline, hypertension, and are more likely to be admitted for residential or nursing care. [4]
    • Loneliness affects recovery from stroke and the frequency of emergency hospitalisations as well as causing depression and stress. [5]
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    [1] Feelings of loneliness, but not social isolation, predict dementia onset: Results from the Amsterdam Study of the Elderly (AMSTEL). Loneliness and risk of Alzheimer disease. Wilson RS, Krueger KR, Arnold SE, Schneider JA, Kelly JF, Barnes LL, et al. Arch Gen Psychiatry (2007); 64, pp.234-240

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