Dublin, 6th December 2016  ALONE, the charity that supports older people to age at home, has today launched a video showing the positive impact of befriending for older people. In the video a number of older people, who avail of ALONE’s Befriending Service, thank their volunteers who have made a huge difference to their lives.

 

Check out ALONE’s Thank You Video here:

 

In Ireland, one third of older people live alone. ALONE’s Befriending Services provides companionship to over 500 older people who are socially isolated through a weekly volunteer visit as well as a range of social events. ALONE are continually developing the service to ensure that all older people who require it will have access to a quality assured befriending service.

 

Sean Moynihan, CEO of ALONE, commented, “We have created this video to thank the hundreds of volunteers in ALONE who offer the Befriending Service to older people every week. This video shows what a difference a little friendship that make to the lives of older people who are living alone – their volunteers have become close friends and are a lifeline to them in times of need.”

 

He continued, “As an organisation that works with older people, we interact first hand with the effects of loneliness every day. I don’t think that people are aware just how devastating loneliness can be for your general health. Not only can loneliness lead to depression, but it is also a predictor for dementia, cardiovascular disease and decreased immune system responsivity. Loneliness is twice as dangerous to the health of an older person as obesity, and is as damaging as smoking 15 cigarettes a day.”

 

He concluded, “ALONE’s Befriending Service is a preventative health measure. We receive no day-to-day government funding for our services so we depend on donations. We hope that this video encourages the general public to offer their help and support to older people by donating to ALONE this Christmas.”

 

At Christmas, ALONE’s activities include; the organisation of 500 volunteers who visit older people each week, a Christmas dinner dance for older people and volunteers, the delivery of 500 Christmas hampers to older people in need and a special Christmas Day dinner delivery for 100 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/donate .

ALONE’s Christmas Dinner Dance shares festive warmth for older people in need

An older person with their befriender, spreading the Christmas joy and enjoying ALONE'S Christmas Dinner Dance 2015.
An older person with their befriender, spreading the Christmas joy and enjoying ALONE’S Christmas Dinner Dance 2015.

On Sunday November the 29th, ALONE staff, volunteers and service users braved the roaring winds of Storm Clodagh and celebrated the warm occassion of ALONE’s annual Christmas dinner dance. The setting of the Red Cow Moran Hotel provided a great backdrop for almost 200 attendees who enjoyed a festive meal and entertainment.

Musical entertainment consisted of ALONE supporter Lisa Lambe alongside Simon Morgan, the Dublin Gospel Choir and the one and only Adam’s Dream. Dancing and prizes ensured that each older person in attendance had a thoroughly enjoyable time. ALONE would like to thank all those who supported our efforts, from volunteers aiding transportation to Nandos in Dundrum for wrapping a large selection of raffle prizes and Christmas gifts.

This Christmas ALONE wish to spread seasonal cheer by encouraging people to #shareyourpresence with older people who find this festive period a lonely and isolating experience.