ALONE is reminding members of the public to check in on their older neighbours over the long bank holiday weekend. With many local shops, amenities, health and care services for older people closing over the long weekend, many older people will be left without their usual supports and services.
Sean Moynihan, Chief Executive Officer of ALONE commented, “170,000 older Irish people live alone, which makes them vulnerable to isolation. A report published last week stated that 10% of Irish older people suffer from chronic loneliness. This Easter weekend, some of those who are particularly isolated may not see anyone over the four days.”
“This year, as we commemorate the 1916 Easter Rising, it is time to reflect on whether we have created the republic that was imagined. It is said that society can be judged on how it treats its most vulnerable citizens and currently 1 in 5 older people are at risk of poverty or suffering deprivation and 1 in 10 older people suffer from chronic loneliness. Add to that the fact that older people experiencing high levels of loneliness are twice as likely to die within six years, we should ask ourselves is this the type of society that the leaders of the rising dreamt of.’’
Sean concluded, “Thankfully most older people will enjoy a happy Easter surrounded by loved ones, but ALONE is urging the general public to be vigilant for those who are vulnerable. Small gestures can really make all the difference to an older person who is isolated and living alone. If you are concerned for anyone in particular you can contact ALONE for advice and support.”
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.