September 29, 2023

ALONE celebrates International Day of Older Persons by highlighting the work we still need to do to support an ageing population.

As the world comes together to celebrate International Older Persons Day on October 1st, 2023, ALONE, the charity that supports older people to age at home, joins the global community in honouring the invaluable contributions of older people. This year’s theme, “Fulfilling the Promises of the Universal Declaration of Human […]
September 27, 2023

ALONE call for significant increase to Budget funding for Housing Adaptation Grants to make additional €85.3m a year available for older people

ALONE’s review of Housing Adaptation Grants finds waiting lists, overspending and challenges in accessing funding for older people.   A review by ALONE into Housing Adaptation Grants across the country has highlighted overspending, significant waiting lists, and difficulty in accessing funding for older people and people with disabilities. The three […]
September 18, 2023

Loneliness Taskforce calls for €5m funding to address loneliness in Budget 2024, as action plan remains on the shelf

Urgent action required as Taskforce states: “We do not want Ireland to be at the top of the league-table for loneliness again”   Dublin, September 18: The Loneliness Taskforce is concerned that Government is not living up to their commitment to tackle loneliness and are advocating strongly that funding is […]
September 11, 2023

Home Care Coalition calls for more than €1bn funding for home support services in Budget 2024

The Home Care Coalition says investment is needed in the #HomeCareCrisis   The Home Care Coalition is calling for €1.05bn funding to the Home Support Service in Budget 2024 to provide quality care to older people and people with disabilities, and to enable additional recruitment and retention of home care […]
September 7, 2023

ALONE hosts its Annual Community Impact Network Seminar in Waterford with Minister of State for Mental Health and Older People Mary Butler.

Engaging older people in our communities; a collective response and impact. Dublin, 7th September: ALONE, the charity that helps older people to age at home, will host its annual Community Impact Network seminar in the Tower Hotel & Leisure Centre in Waterford on the 8th September. The theme of the […]
August 8, 2023

ALONE’s Annual Cost of Living Survey reveals 75% of older people say their standard of living has been affected by high inflation.

Older people responding to the survey commented: “My house is heated by coal, it increased to €30 per bag which I can’t afford, I don’t light my fire until 6 o’clock and the house is very cold, no warm water either.” “I use less heat and buy less food.” “Food […]
July 21, 2023

ALONE welcome increased rate of pay for home support workers but raise concern at cut to home support hours to be delivered this year.

Dublin, 21 July: ALONE, the organisation that supports older people to age at home, has welcomed the increased rate of pay for home support workers but says older people should not see their care hours cut. The organisation was responding to the announcement that the Department of Health sanctioned an […]
July 13, 2023

ALONE calls for pension increases and urgent investment in services in their Pre-Budget Submission

There are ‘One Million and Counting’ older people in Ireland. Dublin, 13th July 2023: ALONE has called on Government today to make urgent investments now in Budget 2024 that will make Ireland a country that is fair and just to our older population from 2024 and into the future. In […]
June 8, 2023

ALONE call for urgent Action Plan on Loneliness as data reveals Ireland is the loneliest country in Europe

Action Plan on loneliness was committed to by Government but has not progressed   Dublin, 8 June: ALONE, the national organisation supporting older people to age at home, has called for action from the Department of Health on loneliness, as new data shows that Ireland is the loneliest country in […]
May 31, 2023

ALONE calls on Government to live up to commitment to benchmark the State Pension

At current levels the Government would need to increase the pension by €40 to reach its own commitment to benchmark.   Dublin, 31st May: ALONE has said that Government must fulfil their commitments to benchmark the State Pension to average earnings and inflation in the next Budget. The charity says […]
May 11, 2023

A quarter of older renters expect to remain in the private rental sector for life Joint ALONE/Threshold Report

· New joint research report on older renters in the private rental sector launched · 42% of participants experience high stress levels renting in the private sector · Charities set out 12 new recommendations to address deficits in the PRS for older renters   A new research report by the […]
April 18, 2023

“Mental health crisis among older people not being talked about”: ALONE call for mental health supports for older people at Joint Oireachtas Sub-Committee on Mental Health

Mental health conditions among older people “under-recognised, under-diagnosed, and under-treated”   Dublin, 18th April 2023: ALONE, the charity that supports older people, has today called for additional focus on mental health difficulties being experienced by older people as the number of interventions to support mental health carried out by ALONE […]
April 6, 2023

This Easter, we need help to allow older people get back out there post pandemic but we need a Government Strategy for Loneliness.

• 70% of older people that ALONE assessed in Q4 of 2022 reported feeling lonely. • 1 in 10 of these older people haven’t been out socially in at least 1 year. • 1 in 5 haven’t been out socially in the last 6 months. • 5% of adults over […]
March 24, 2023

Number of older people aged 70+ on the social housing waiting list crosses 2,000 for the first time

More than 1 in 4 on social housing waiting list aged 50+ Social housing waiting lists are dropping, but number of older people in housing need increasing Dublin, 24 March: ALONE, the national charity that enables older people to age at home, has called for urgent action to combat the […]
March 9, 2023

ALONE asks public to check in on older people in their community during cold weather.

Met Eireann issues an orange warning for most of the country from Thursday into Friday Dublin, 9th March: ALONE, the national charity that enables older people to age at home is reminding the public that older people are particularly vulnerable to harm during the cold weather. Met Éireann had issued […]
March 1, 2023

ALONE calls for long-awaited national strategy to combat loneliness in light of ‘Hello Again World’ campaign

The charity has noted that loneliness is a complex national issue which needs more than an awareness campaign to resolve it   Dublin, 1st March: ALONE, the national charity that enables older people to age at home, has broadly welcomed the launch of the ‘Hello Again World’ campaign aiming to […]
February 23, 2023

Alarming increase in poverty rates for older people, say ALONE

New CSO-SILC data released today shows that older people living alone are at highest risk of poverty of all households   Dublin, 23 February 2023: CSO-SILC data released this week has shown an alarming increase in the number of older people living in and at risk of poverty, says ALONE, […]
February 21, 2023

ALONE welcomes additional cost of living measures announced by government but warns of a need for longer-term thinking

Calls relating to financial and legal difficulties grew by over 400% in winter 2022   Dublin, February 21st : ALONE, the charity that helps people to age at home, has welcomed the latest set of cost-of-living measures announced by government which includes targeted measures for older people. ALONE has welcomed […]
February 10, 2023

Help an Older Person feel amazing this Valentine’s Day

Dublin, 10th February 2023: ALONE, the national charity that helps older people age at home, is looking for volunteers to match up with older people across Ireland for support, conversation, fun and generally helping people to feel amazing.   Valentine’s Day should be a day where we celebrate the special […]
December 8, 2022

ALONE encourage older people to reach out for assistance if they are struggling during the cold weather

The organisation is also reminding the public to check in on older neighbours as weather takes a colder turn. ALONE is urging older people to take extra care and keep themselves and their homes warm and well as temperatures begin to drop in the coming days.   Met Éireann has […]