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BE SAFE & BE PREPARED FOR HURRICANE OPHELIA

October 16, 2017

The hurricane is on the way and we urge all OLDER PEOPLE to shelter in their own place.

The Irish Senior Citizens also urges all seniors to put in place a plan to ensure that they  have  all the items they need to survive the hurricane. Ideally we suggest that you prepare for the eventuality of having no power, heating or other essentials for a period of time.

Our recommendation is that you use Checklist below and put all of the items listed on a table or a similar space in the main room you will be using to sit out the hurricane.

This way all items including your medications are in the same place and within easy reach in the room in which you will be sitting out the storm.

CHECKLIST

Prepare for the worst especially a power failure by following this Checklist

  • Fill a flask of hot water or soup or both if you have two containers
  • Make a sandwich or a cold snack ideally make sufficient for 2 snacks
  • Layout your medications on place them on the table
  • Charge all battery items such as mobile phones, laptops and other devices
  • Make sure you have your Torch, candles and matches to hand
  • If you still have time get batteries for radios torches etc
  • Listen to your radio
  • Arrange a check in time with a neighbour or family

Mairead Hayes, Irish Senior Citizens is urging Older People to;

“ACCEPT and TAKE help where it is offered by neighbours and friends whom they know and trust” She also reminds them to remember that when they were in their prime years they too helped and assisted Older People and those who were frail.”

Continued she said “ by storing all your NEEDS in one room, it will help to avoid accidents or any dangers that could ariseby having to go from room to room.”

She urges all older people to wear their security pendant and have their mobile phone readily to hand. Concluding she said  “ Keep warm, stay hydrated and keep safe”

ENDS

Contact details Máiréad Hayes 086 349 8848   Email: ceo@seniors.ie

 

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Was this a Restorative Budget for Older people?

October 11, 2017

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In our Pre-Budget Submission we looked, not just for increases for older people for 2017/2018 but for a Programme of Recovery for Older People 2018-2020 in which government would outline their intentions and plans for older people. Naively, we expected there would be a plan, because in the run up to the BUDGET  there were promises, that government would outline, not just the measures for this Budget but also their plans and intentions for future Budgets.

This just did not happen.

The State Pension has increased by €5, which is welcome, however our members are disappointed that yet again the payment is deferred to week commencing 26th March 2018, a period of 12 weeks into 2018. This deferral reduces the average payment over the year from €5 to €3.84 per week. We call on government as a matter of urgency to reconsider this decision and to pay the increase from an earlier date.

An increase in any payment is additional money and is appreciated; however we are very disappointed that the increase in the Fuel Allowance is one additional week, which brings the total payment from 26 to 27 weeks.  Our ASK was for an additional payment of 3 weeks to bring the total payment to 29 weeks. This is still 3 weeks less that the 32 weeks which were previously paid. This is a critical means tested payment for older people and others across the life cycle. Without homes that are well insulated and well heated Older People will not be enabled to remain at home.  For some time now there has been a campaign to raise awareness and seek the views of people in respect of HOME CARE. The desire to remain and age at home is strong among older people.  A basic need and requirement to fulfil that desire is that they live in homes which are well heated otherwise the option to age at home may only be available to those on higher incomes.

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The cost of heating across all the utilities has increased and the costs are further increased by the additional increased PSO levy which all customers will have to pay.

The restoration of the Telephone Support Allowance at a rate of €2.50 from June 2018 is a start for those who meet the twin criteria of Living Alone and are in receipt of Fuel Allowance. However we are concerned that the twin requirements for this payment and the level of payment will not enable many older people, especially those in Rural Ireland to get a land line or a telephone service which meets their needs.

We welcome the across the board reduction in prescription charges for medical card holders in line with the rates applicable to the over 70s as well as the €10 reduction on the threshold for the Drugs Refund Scheme from €144 to €134. However we are disappointed that there was no recognition of the increased burden borne by those who live alone in relation to both payments.

What do you think?

ENDS

CONTACT : Máiread Hayes  086 349 8848

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Media Statement: Budget 2018

October 9, 2017

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The Irish Senior Citizens Parliament (ISCP), representing 300 affiliated organisations calls on all those involved in the BUDGET 2018 negotiations to remember their election promises to Older People and to ensure that Budget 2018 measures, incrementally seek the implementation of

A Programme of Recovery for Older People 2018-2020

We now need concrete proposals and timelines which will incrementally restore and improve the conditions, health and general wellbeing of all older people.

To achieve this we seek an increase of €6.00 for those on:

  1. State Pension
  2. Living Alone Allowance
  3. Aged Over 80.

These three categories are vulnerable and Budget 2018 must take care of them.

We welcomed the gradual restoration of the State Pension in Budget 2017, despite the deferred payment date. The ‘older old’ and those who live alone are of particular concern to our members.   In most cases, their savings are gone and they have additional expenses and outlays as a result of increased frailty and lack of mobility. Further, their costs and taxes, such as Property Tax, Prescription Charges and the Drugs Repayment Scheme, are the same for them as a 6 person household.

Our specific proposals, informed by input from members across Ireland, are for the RESTORATION OF CUTS and an outline of a time table for delivery of the Household Benefits Package and other areas which were cut. The restoration of the Telephone Allowance is a top priority for older people in Budget 2018.

Adequate heating, in particular an increase in the means tested Fuel Allowance, is a priority. All the utility companies have, or, are about to increase their charges and the government PSO levy is also to increase. That is why we are asking for a reinstatement of a further 3 weeks of this allowance for Winter 2017/2018.

ENDS

9th October 2017

Contact details: Mairead Hayes, 086 349 8848

https://www.facebook.com/seniorsparl/

 

 

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DCU Love of Life Long Learning

October 3, 2017

A wide range of modules are being offered by DCU Age-Friendly University this Autumn for older people, beginning October 16th.

For more information on the Love of Life Long Learning Programme, call 01 700 8933 or e-mail Christine at christine.okelly@dcu.ie

 

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DCU Educational Opportunities

September 8, 2017

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Some exciting opportunities for older people are available at Dublin City University (DCU). DCU is an Age Friendly University, and is committed to widening access to higher education, and enhancing the lives of older people through educational programmes and research. For more information, contact the DCU Age Friendly programme here.

Opportunities:

1. An extended range of modules from DCU’s undergraduate programme are available to take on an audit only basis for this Semester.  These modules have been reduced to 100.00 per course from 250.00.  There are no exams or assignments but participants do need to download and compete the registration with DCU and details of the courses are on www.dcu.ie/agefriendly under Current Opportunities.  As the Semester is due to commence shortly there is a short window of opportunity to register for a place. If participants wish to undertake this course for credit towards an award they will have to undertake assignments and exams and the cost for this is €500.

2. The Taste of DCU will take place on Friday, September 29th – 9.30 am4.00pm.  This is a free event on the DCU campus and is a whole day of mini modules delivered by DCU lecturers, showcasing the range of opportunities in DCU.  The main activities will take place in the Henry Grattan building and a photo exhibition by the DCU Digital Photography Group will take place on The Street in the Henry Grattan.

 

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Breda O’Malley

September 4, 2017

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We are sorry to advise that our former Executive Committee member, Breda O’Malley, passed away on Friday, the 1st of September.

Breda represented Westport ARA on the Executive Committee of the Irish Senior Citizens Parliament from 2000-2013 and in that time she served as Honorary Secretary, Treasurer, Trustee and as a Director.  An outstanding example of older people advocating for themselves Breda was involved in our protests in both 2011 and 2013. In 2013 her apt poster attracted a lot of press interest and was printed in many newspapers.

She worked on behalf of older people with her local and national representatives and was active in her community.

Our thoughts are with her nieces and nephews and all her friends at this sad time.

May she rest in peace.

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2018 Pre-Budget Submission Leaflet

August 28, 2017

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