‘HRB research highlights benefit of Housing with Supports model for older people, says ALONE Dublin,

Dublin, 25th February 2021   ALONE, the organisation that supports older people, has welcomed the publication of an evidence review by the Health Research Board (HRB) which highlights the benefit of Housing with Support model to support older people age in place. The organisation has previously called for reform of housing and care supports provided to older people, saying the COVID-19 outbreak has highlighted the flaws and gaps in the current housing system for older people.

The ‘Housing with support for older people’ research shows that the Housing with Support model can result in a good quality of life, allowing older people to care for themselves with minimal support from personal care assistants. The model can also slow the decline of old age or provide better support to those with functional decline to live independently, and reduces inappropriate use of GP and hospital services. There is an increasing demand for this type of supportive housing in Ireland reflective of our ageing population.

Seán Moynihan, CEO of ALONE said, “This evidence review highlights the voice of the older person and we need to listen; older people want to live in their own homes and not in institutions.

“One of the core principles of ALONE has always been to protect the right of older people to choose to age at home on their own terms, with access to any additional supports that they may need to ensure a good quality of life. ALONE believe that older people must be involved in decisions on where and how they age so that they can live independently and remain part of their local community”.

He continued, “We have worked with older people who have prematurely moved to nursing homes because they could not get the support they needed to live independently, and older people who are currently living at home and struggling to stay well, because those supports are not available. This research is a huge step in the right direction as it will help start a national conversation around ageing at home and will support development of a policy framework for housing for older people in Ireland.”

Contact ALONE if you have concerns about your own wellbeing, or the wellbeing of an older person you know. Their National Support Line is available seven days a week from 8am – 8pm on 0818 222 024. Further information can be found on www.alone.ie.

ALONE, Declan O’Rourke and Bonfire team up for the launch of the charity’s ‘Love is the Way” Advertisement campaign

The organisation continues to support older people affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, among other issues

Dublin, 21 February 2021:   ALONE, the organisation which supports older people, have teamed up with Declan O’Rourke and Bonfire Dublin to release their ‘Love is the Way’ Advertisement campaign, calling on members of the public to consider donating to ALONE to help them continue their important work with the increased number of older people seeking their support. ALONE work with all older people, including those who are lonely, isolated, frail or ill, homeless, living in poverty, or are facing other difficulties.

The advertisement, which features Declan O’Rourke’s track ‘Love is the Way’ seeks to remind people of ALONE’s work with older people over the last year through figures representing the services and supports they’ve provided while also encouraging members of the public to donate €4 by texting ‘ALONE’ to 50300.[1] O’Rourke has provided the track free of charge in support of ALONE’s service andall production, photography and editing was donated too. Donations can also be made online at www.alone.ie

From the beginning of the pandemic in March to December 2020, ALONE have supported 14,863 older people, made 180,675 support calls and engages 2,645 volunteers to work with older people who are experiencing challenges in their lives. The organisation is asking members of the public to consider donating to ALONE so that they can continue their work with older people affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The team at ALONE are hugely grateful to Declan O’Rourke and Bonfire for their support, and to all members of the public who have donated to help older people over the past year.

ALONE CEO Seán Moynihan stated “Over the past, year ALONE has seen a huge swell in older people who need our support. Our call now if for people of all ages is to stay in touch with your older family members and neighbours, to check in with them regularly and support them any way that you can in line with the current restrictions. Older people face a range of issues on a daily basis which have only been exacerbated by the current situation, we are asking members of the public to continue supporting their older neighbours, friends and relatives as much as possible until the threat of COVID-19 has passed.”

Moynihan continued, “Older people need our support now more than ever, so we are delighted to be working with Bonfire and Declan O’Rourke to produce this advertisement. The figures that display on the screen throughout the video clip are only a token of the work conducted by staff and volunteers in the last year and being every number is a real human being who has received support from ALONE.”

Declan O’Rourke, contributor to ALONE’s Love is the Way video, “As someone who knows (through family and friend’s firsthand experience) the truly magnificent work ALONE do, I can say I’m extremely proud to be a part of this drive to raise awareness, and much needed funds to help their fantastic volunteers continue the amazing work they’re doing – in these times, and indeed in any other.”

ALONE are encouraging all older people to get in touch via their National Support Line which is available seven days a week from 8am – 8pm on 0818 222 024. Further information can be found on www.alone.ie.


[1] Text costs €4. ​ALONE will receive a minimum of €3.60. Service Provider: LIKECHARITY. Helpline: 076 6805278.

Supporting Older people in the Community Together

Do you work with older persons living in Baldoyle, Donabate, Howth, Oldtown, Portrane, Malahide, Portmarnock, Sutton & Swords?

ALONE in partnership with the ICTOP (Integrated Care Team for Older Persons) invite your service to attend a virtual event for service providers on 11th March 2021 – 10am – 11:30am. By attending this event you will:

  • Network with different services and organisations providing services to support older people to age well at home.
  • Inform attendees about what supports your service or organisation is currently offering.
  • Consider how services can work together across acute, community, voluntary and statutory to support older people.

To register your place for this event, click on the following link

Please note that spaces are limited so registration by Thursday the 4th of March is required.

For more information about the event please contact Caroline Muller Wallace at [email protected] or Patrice Reilly at [email protected]

‘Benefit Payment a step towards closing pension gap for older people’, says ALONE

The charity stressed that the payment itself is below what people are entitled to, at €203

Dublin, 8th February 2021   ALONE, the organisation that supports and empowers older people, has welcomed Benefit Payment for older people who are in limbo between their employment being ceased at 65 and reaching the retirement age of 66. The organisation is encouraged by the eligibility requirements that a person in receipt of this payment will not be required to be available for full-time work or genuinely seeking work and they will not be required to sign on to the Live Register.

Seán Moynihan, CEO of ALONE said, “ALONE are feeling hopeful to see some progress for plan of this payment to older people who are between two milestones in their life. €203 provides some form of transitional payment for those who must retire at 65, but we must stress that this is below what people who have worked their entire lives are entitled to, while also being below the poverty line.”

He continued, “Currently, the Poverty rate sits at €284.46 for one adult.[1] We can see that this payment is only a step towards closing the pension gap for those who are forced to retire at 65. ALONE are hopeful to see further progress in this area to ensure this cohort of retirees are not plunged into poverty because of the low-rate.”

Older people who are in receipt of this payment will not have a break in their social insurance record and the credits they receive account for other social welfare purposes such as the contributory State Pension. Individuals can access the forms to apply via mywelfare.ie and for those who have no access to a printer you can request for the forms to be posted via email [email protected].

Contact ALONE if you have concerns about your own wellbeing, or the wellbeing of an older person you know. Their National Support Line is available seven days a week from 8am – 8pm on 0818 222 024. Further information can be found on www.alone.ie.


[1] https://www.socialjustice.ie/sites/default/files/attach/publication/6310/2020-05-18-sjipovertyfocusmay2020final.pdf?cs=true

ALONE & Leinster Rugby Announce Partnership

Both organisations are championing that community and inclusion are the remedies to loneliness for all ages

8th February 2021   Leinster Rugby has today announced ALONE as its latest charity affiliate as part of its charity partner programme for the 2020/21 season. The organisations are using their shared ethos to highlight the value of community and inclusion at a time when we all need it most. The key to ALONE and Leinster Rugby’s partnership is the importance of participation spanning across community, inclusion, physical activity and mental health. With ALONE operating as a national organisation that supports and empowers older people to age at home, Leinster Rugby aim for this collaboration to celebrate the work they do in the Leinster region and further afield across the Country.

As a national charity, ALONE provide an integrated system of Support Coordination, Practical Supports, Befriending, a variety of Phone Services, Social Prescribing, Housing with Support, and assistive technology. The organisation use support plans, provide a point of contact for access to health, social care, housing, transport and other arising needs using technology and other services and activities to improve physical, emotional and mental wellbeing.

In March 2020, ALONE saw the need to provide a National Support service and established their National Support Line which operates seven days a week from 8am – 8pm. Since then they have received over 41,000 calls into the line and in 2020 supported roughly 15,000 older people nationwide. Over 3,000 of those older people are being supported in Leinster.

Leinster Rugby will use its considerable digital platforms over the month of February to highlight the fantastic work that ALONE do in our communities but in particular during COVID-19 and the increasing need for support. Leinster Rugby will support ALONE activities over the month of February bringing a particular focus on their efforts to support older people during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Speaking this morning to leinsterrugby.ie, Seán Moynihan, CEO of ALONE said, “Community and partnerships is at the heart of the work that ALONE do and we are delighted to have been approached by Leinster Rugby to work alongside one another to champion community and inclusion as a remedy for loneliness across all ages. Communication is key to feeling included and expressing your feelings is important to check in with yourself. We are encouraging older people to reach out and talk when you are experiencing feelings of loneliness as people are here to listen.”

He continued to say, “Through our own channels and now Leinster Rugby’s community, we are reaching out to older people to keep participating and to be engaged in their lives. We are encouraging the message of ‘Get Up, Get Dressed and Get Moving’ to young and old in Leinster and across the Country. Participation is essential to living a healthy and balanced life and both organisations are here to remind older people to reach out and the general public to check in.”

On behalf of Leinster Rugby, Marcus Ó Buachalla, who manages the charity programme, said, “ALONE do tremendous work in our communities already but I think we have seen over the last 12 months the demand for their support structures increase hugely and we are delighted to be able to help over the next month to draw attention to those issues.

“In the last year ALONE has received over 41,000 calls for support and the COVID-19 National Support Line in particular has helped almost 15,000 older people in our communities. These are some of the most vulnerable people in our society and hopefully, with this partnership, we can help support the great work that ALONE are doing.”

Like all of the charities selected, ALONE was selected by Leinster Rugby after a consultation process involving the leadership group of the men, women’s and Academy teams and consultation with our premium sponsors and partners and the Official Leinster Supporters Club. Two premium partners of Leinster Rugby, Bank of Ireland and BearingPoint, have also pledged their support to the charities chosen. Bank of Ireland have confirmed that their Player of the Month Award donation will now be made to the monthly charity affiliate, rather than the player in question, a move that is also supported by the Leinster Rugby players. In addition, BearingPoint have also agreed to make a donation to each charity partner chosen by Leinster Rugby in lieu of support normally provided to the club pre-COVID.

If you are concerned about your own wellbeing or the wellbeing of someone you know please contact ALONE’s National Support Line on 0818 222 024 which is available seven days a week from 8am – 8pm. Further information can be found on www.alone.ie.

It’s ‘Time to Talk’ with ALONE

ALONE has highlighted the increased loneliness among older people as COVID-19 pandemic continues

Dublin, 3 February 2021:    ALONE, the organisation which supports older people, is encouraging older people to reach out and strike up a conversation especially if they are feeling particularly isolated at the moment due to the extension of COVID-19 restrictions. The organisation has campaigned in this area for many years and are highlighting the concerns they have when it comes to loneliness, as its effects take hold and expand across a wider and new cohort of older people. ALONE are concerned by the increased impact loneliness is having which they can measure in their increased demand for their supports. Today, they are asking the public to continue to make time to talk and stay in touch with their older relatives, neighbours and friends.

While ALONE acknowledges that current guidelines are in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and protect vulnerable groups, ALONE have already reported an increase in a wide range of mental health impacts among older people. The organisation has relayed the message that although we may be socially distanced, we don’t want anyone to feel socially isolated. With many of these growing issues having been identified pre-pandemic, older people have now been experiencing prolonged periods of isolation and limited social contact for almost one year. ALONE would like to remind older people that their services continue to be available to any older person who needs advice or support during this time.

A new study by researchers from Trinity College Dublin and St James’s Hospital found that almost 40% of participants reported that their mental health was worse or much worse since they began restricting their movements and that more than 57% of participants reported loneliness at least some of the time.[1] Loneliness has been linked to an increased risk of early death, with some studies highlighting that older people experiencing high levels of loneliness are twice as likely to die within six years compared to those who are not lonely[2]. Studies have linked loneliness and social isolation to higher risks of physical and mental conditions, including heart disease, anxiety, depression, and Alzheimer’s disease.

In 2020, ALONE made nearly 139,000 Support and Befriending calls to older people suffering from loneliness and social isolation. Between the 9th of March and the 31st of December, ALONE supported nearly 15,000 older people. Of these callers, 31% were aged between 75-90 years and 75% were living alone. Based on 2016 Census figures, there were approximately 876,423 people aged over 60 living in Ireland, a figure which is expected to grow to 1.42 million by 2031.

For some older people, loneliness is an unfamiliar issue, which will cease to affect them with community supports; for others, unfortunately this is an ongoing state of being. ALONE are determined to ensure every older person has access to the supports that they need to combat loneliness and live a happy and fulfilled life. If someone calls or is referred to ALONE, the organisation can arrange to contact an older person several times a week or every day if this support is needed, with this service set to continue after the current crisis.

Seán Moynihan, CEO of ALONE said, “Loneliness is a serious issue among older people which has only been exacerbated by the current situation, and we believe the long-term impacts of loneliness will continue to affect older people long after the pandemic has passed. When the effects of the pandemic begin to subside, it is important that we begin implementing recommendations from the Loneliness Taskforce. Currently, there are no structures in place for the protection of older people or funding to relieve the increasing effect of loneliness begin felt across the Country.”

He continued, “We appreciate the efforts people have made to reach out and check in with older people while also recognising how brave older people have been to reach out, we encourage them to continue seeking out and making conversation. Just a few minutes out of your day, to make time to talk, could make a world of difference to an older person struggling with loneliness. We are encouraging any older person who is experiencing loneliness to get in touch with ALONE. Our volunteers provide ongoing telephone support for older people and make regular phone calls for reassurance and social support.”

Dr. Sabina Brennan, neuroscientist and psychologist, stated, “Now more than ever we need to ensure that we stay socially connected. Human connection is inextricably linked to our physical mental and brain health. Loneliness is not just an unpleasant experience it is quite literally a killer. In fact, it is as detrimental to our health as smoking and obesity. Loneliness increases our risk for high blood pressure, anxiety, depression and suicide. Loneliness is essentially a chronic stressor that weakens the immune system. So while keeping a physical distance from others can offer protection against COVID-19, isolating completely can actually make you more susceptible to infection.”

She continued to say, “Social engagement is a complex, stimulating activity that keeps our brains sharp. People who remain socially connected, live longer, have better health, are less depressed and are less likely to develop dementia. Long periods of isolation can lead to social withdrawal and all of the negative health implications associated with that. So make sure that you stay connected and do whatever you can to reach out to others who may be at risk. You will benefit too, just 10 minutes social interaction boosts brain function.”

ALONE Ambassador Vincent Browne commented, “During these trying times it is important to reach out to the older people in our lives and strike up a conversation. Many of us are struggling at the moment and a chat can really help to lift a person’s spirits. I would encourage any older person who is feeling a bit down to reach out to the people in their lives and make time to talk”

Contact ALONE if you have concerns about your own wellbeing, or the wellbeing of an older person you know. Their National Support Line is available seven days a week from 8am – 8pm on 0818 222 024. Further information can be found on www.alone.ie.


[1] https://academic.oup.com/qjmed/advance-article/doi/10.1093/qjmed/hcab015/6104561

[2] National Institute on Aging. 2019. Social Isolation, Loneliness In Older People Pose Health Risks. [online] Available at: <https://www.nia.nih.gov/news/social-isolation-loneliness-older-people-pose-health-risks> [Accessed 16 July 2020].

Christmas FM raises €284,000 for ALONE to enable the charity to provide over 20,000 hours of vital support to older people in Ireland

27 January 2021

Christmas FM, the popular radio station that is seen by many as the official soundtrack to the festive season, is delighted to announce that it has raised €284,107.12 for ALONE, their chosen charity for 2020.

This figure has well surpassed the original goal of €200,000, which would have enabled ALONE to provide over 20,000 hours of vital support to older people in Ireland enabling them to live happily and independently in their own homes and communities. The extra funds raised means that ALONE will be in a position to give even more help to those who need it, including practical supports such as access to all of ALONE’s services, befriending and adaptions to an older person’s home to allow them to age at home.

The 2020 fundraising figure brings to over €2.5 million the total amount the radio station has raised for a range of charities since its inception in 2008. The costs of running Christmas FM are covered by various sponsors, ensuring that all on-air fundraising and donations go directly to the charity partner. The station is run each year by a core management team, assisted by more than 100 volunteers who devote hundreds of hours of their time.

Paul Shepherd, Co-founder of Christmas FM, says: “We are delighted to have raised just over €284,000 for ALONE this year. We couldn’t have done it without our loyal listeners who tuned in and donated so generously to ALONE. We’re also thankful to the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland for granting us the license to broadcast and our premier FM sponsors for the year – Cadbury, Coca-Cola and An Post. We would also like to thank the Ballsbridge Hotel who have, once again, provided us with a home for our radio studio. As ever, we are so grateful to the team and the volunteers who help make Christmas FM happen by assisting with the day to day running of the station – we couldn’t do it without each and every one of you!”

Sean Moynihan, CEO of ALONE says: “ALONE are honoured to have been selected as Christmas FM’s charity partner for 2020. We are so proud of the collaborative efforts between ALONE older people, volunteers, staff and the entire team at Christmas FM. Although donation day was the key focus of the entire partnership, I want to congratulate everyone involved for the months of hard work that went into telling the story of ALONE. There wasn’t a more appropriate year to use a tagline ‘Give the Gift of Home’ as our homes became our safe place during a worldwide pandemic. The kind donations generated through this partnership will help ALONE empower and enable older people to remain in their homes for as long as they wish. As we all know this is important now more than ever. Thank you!”

The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) grants Christmas FM a 30-day temporary sound broadcasting license, which enables the station to broadcast on a range of frequencies throughout the country.

BAI Chief Executive, Michael O’Keeffe, said: “I would like to congratulate the team at Christmas FM for another fantastic fundraising result. Radio continues to be hugely popular in Ireland and its value as a medium to bring people together is once again shown by the success of Christmas FM – and the generosity of its listeners  – in raising more than €284,000 in just 30 days for ALONE.”

This year, Christmas FM was generously sponsored by the premier FM sponsors Cadbury, Coca-Cola and An Post. Christmas FM was broadcast from the Ballsbridge Hotel, Dublin who kindly gave the space for free.

Christmas FM is still available online at

www.christmasfm.com

You can follow the station on social at

@christmasfm

ALONE seeks clarity on Ireland’s vaccination strategy and implementation for older people

The organisation has reported many callers who are dissatisfied with the information available on the vaccination

Dublin, 25 January 2021   ALONE, the organisation that supports and empowers older people, is seeking clarity on Ireland’s vaccination strategy and implementation for older people addressing the importance of quality for access. The organisation is taking action after one in five of calls into their National Support Line in the past week concern general COVID-19 related queries, COVID-19 vaccination and testing questions and the restrictions that concern older people as Level 5 looks to continue well into February.

Of these COVID-19 calls, roughly half of these older people were specifically asking about when they would be receiving the vaccine. One caller to the ALONE National Support Line was dissatisfied at the knowledge provided by the Government around the vaccination rollout. The HSE website currently displays, “You do not need to contact us to get the COVID-19 vaccine. We will let you know when you can register to get the vaccine through an invitation from your healthcare team, news or public advertising.”[1]

ALONE also believe that keeping to the promise of the rollout timeline is essential to support the reintegration of older people in society. The organisation is seeking clear instructions to be issued by the Government as guidance, in addressing who will contact older people and when. ALONE are appealing for the strategy to be adhered to and for those who are more vulnerable to receive the vaccine in the estimated timeframe. ALONE have received a number of reports of phone scams relating to the administration of the vaccination in homes, which only drives the need for clarity of information.  

Seán Moynihan, CEO ALONE said, “The current directions for older people on when they can avail of the COVID-19 vaccine are not clear enough. If an invitation is extended to older people via news or public advertising, we need clear step-by-step guidance on where older people are to revert to in order to book in for their first vaccination. There must be easy directions on what to do when you have received the vaccine and when to return for your second administration. The recent texting and calling scams about vaccine distribution and administration are cause for concern.”

He continued, “It is vitally important to ensure that Government sticks to the rollout plan that they have announced and prioritise older people for this vaccine, so that we can keep this promise to our older people who have already been through so much since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. There is light at the end of the tunnel, but we must ensure that older people are provided with sufficient guidance and clear information about their upcoming vaccinations.”

If you are concerned about your own wellbeing or the wellbeing of someone you know please contact ALONE’s National Support Line on 0818 222 024 which is available seven days a week from 8am – 8pm. Further information can be found on www.alone.ie.


[1] https://www2.hse.ie/screening-and-vaccinations/covid-19-vaccine/getting-covid-19-vaccine.html

Bid Adieu to feeling Blue with ALONE

The organisation encourages older people to reach out and for members of the public to check in on Blue Monday

Dublin, 18 January 2021   ALONE, the organisation which supports older people, wants you to Bid Adieu to feeling Blue on what has been labelled as the toughest day of the year. The organisation has voiced its concern regarding older people’s mental health as ‘Blue Monday’, Monday 18th January, approaches as we reach the height of the third restrictive phase since COVID-19 arrived in Ireland. The organisation is calling on members of the public to continue supporting their older friends, neighbours and relatives who may be finding things difficult under renewed Level 5 restrictions.

ALONE are encouraging older people to incite the ‘Five Ways to Wellbeing’. They hope to educate older people on how to mind their mental health as we navigate through the remaining Winter months whilst living with restrictive movements.

  1. Connect

ALONE encourage older individuals to pick up the phone to their friends, neighbours and relatives to try and curb feelings of loneliness and social isolation. Although we must be apart, the organisation want older people to still feel connected.

ALONE have also suggested a number of ways in which members of the public can safely support the older people in their lives, for example; regular phone calls to lift their spirits, offering to pick up groceries, prescriptions or other essentials and checking in to ensure they are warm and have enough fuel to keep the house at a comfortable temperature. The organisation want to ensure older people are feeling connected to the world at a time when our usual modes of communication have been stripped away.

  • Be Active

Seek out ways to remain active although you may be spending more time indoors. ALONE is encouraging older people to keep to a routine, stay active and exercise outside during daylight hours where possible, however the organisation has also urged them to be careful while out walking. Long periods of physical inactivity may result in deconditioning and loss of muscle mass, resulting in an increased fall risk among older people. Each year, one in every three adults age 65 and older falls, mostly at home, and falls are the leading cause of injury, disability and admission to nursing homes for this group.

  • Take Notice

Take notice to the world around you. When you are spending time outdoors, take notice to the smells, sounds and experience you are having. Take a second to listen to your thoughts and seek out support if you are experiencing feelings of worry, anxiousness or even just want somebody to talk to. If you are having concerns about your own wellbeing, or the wellbeing of an older person you know, ALONE’s National Support Line is available seven days a week from 8am – 8pm on 0818 222 024.

  • Keep Learning

Keep your mind busy and learn. Learning helps to improve our mental health and wellbeing. Try learning a new dish, baking a tasty treat, become a pen-pal so somebody in your life or journal the thoughts that come to your mind each morning and night. Make a pact with a friend to give them a call once a week while you share parts of your learning journey with each other. This will keep you staying connected while doing something you enjoy.

  • Give

Commit to an act of kindness onto another individual once a week or if you can manage, once a day. By helping others, you are directly helping yourself and making someone else happy in the process.

While ALONE understands the necessity of the current restrictions to protect older and vulnerable individuals, the organisation has expressed concern regarding the long-term impacts of isolating and social distancing on older people’s mental and physical health. Many older people have had to deal with loneliness, social isolation and anxiety as they withdrew from society to protect themselves from the virus. The organisation is urging older people to practise the ‘Five Ways to Wellbeing’ as Level 5 restrictions continue in response to increases in cases of COVID-19.

ALONE CEO Seán Moynihan stated, “While we understand the importance of keeping older people safe from COVID-19, we also recognise the negative effects of the pandemic on the older people in our society. We are encouraging older people to mind their mental health in the coming weeks and to develop a routine which will help them to stay positive during these difficult times. Even something as small as calling a friend, going for a short walk or practicing a hobby can make a world of difference when it comes to mental wellbeing.”

Moynihan continued, “Since last March, the situation with COVID-19 has been difficult for all of us, but unfortunately older people are among the groups most affected by the pandemic. The level of support we have seen from members of the public so far has been amazing, and we hope to keep this momentum up until COVID-19 is a thing of the past. We are reminding older people that there is light at the end of the tunnel as vaccines are rolled out across the country and that if we all continue to follow the guidelines to keep each other safe, we will get through the coming weeks together.”

Contact ALONE’s National Support Line on 0818 222 024 which is available seven days a week from 8am – 8pm. Further information can be found on www.alone.ie. If you want to join in on the conversation share your journey on the ‘Five Ways to Wellbeing’ with #BidAdieutoFeelingBlue on social media.

ALONE encourage public to check in on older neighbours as weather takes a colder turn

The organisation is also reminding older people to reach out for assistance if they are struggling during the chilly winter months

Dublin, 8 January 2021   ALONE is urging older people to take extra care as temperatures begin to drop during the cold snap in the coming days.  Older people can be more vulnerable during poor weather and frosty conditions, especially those living alone or in rural areas, those with health issues, and those with limited mobility. Older people may also be struggling under the current Level 5 restrictions, so it is important to reach out to them to ensure that they have everything they need and that they are kept safe and warm this winter. 

Met Éireann has issued a Status Yellow weather warning as “hazardous icy conditions” will hit the country this evening, with an alert for low temperatures and ice in place from 5 pm until 12 noon tomorrow. Temperatures could drop to -8C in some parts of the country tonight, with Met Éireann predicting it may be the coldest night of the year so far.

ALONE is calling on members of the public to check on their older neighbours and assist them if they need help with grocery shopping, collecting prescriptions or other practical tasks during the bad weather. ALONE is also asking older people who are concerned about their own wellbeing during the cold weather to call for assistance and help if needed.

Seán Moynihan, CEO of ALONE commented, “Following a drop in temperatures increased wind and rain and a frost risk, we are advising older people to be prepared by ensuring they have adequate heat, medication, food and to stay indoors where possible. Older people may also be feeling worried due to the current restrictions. Many older people are often embarrassed to reach out, and think that by asking for help and support they are bothering people. ALONE want them to know that they deserve the support they require and should not be afraid to ask for help if needed.”

He continued, “We are also calling on all members of the public to remember their older neighbours living alone and to consider their needs; if there is anything you think you can help with, no matter how small, do reach out to them. It could make a world of difference to an older person during these challenging times.”

Contact ALONE on 0818 222 024 if you have concerns about your own wellbeing, or the wellbeing of a vulnerable older person in the community. Further information, including advice and tips for older people in extreme weather conditions, can be found on www.alone.ie .