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Twice the number of older people seeking help

  • 25/10/2018
  • Author:bridgetmccall

Older people's charity Alone reveals in its 2017 annual report

Older man sitting by a window

ALONE, the charity that supports older people to age at home, launched its Annual Report today which showed a 100% increase in both the number of older people availing of ALONE services and the number of volunteers since 2016.

The number of people supported by ALONE’s services to cope with loneliness, poverty, housing difficulties and other issues doubled in 2017 to 1,903. The charity offers help to older people through Support work, Befriending, Housing and BConnect assistive technology.

The growth in the demand for ALONE’s services echoes Ireland’s rapidly changing demographic and the difficulties that continue to be faced by older people across the country. With over 1.2 million people to be aged over 60 in Ireland by 2032, the need for services to support older people will only grow, highlighting the urgency to develop government supports.

ALONE's Chief Executive's comments

Seán Moynihan, CEO of ALONE, said, “ALONE achieved a great deal during 2017 and we’re proud to have supported twice as many older people. However, the demand for our services is a cause for concern and we expect the number of people we support to double yet again in 2018.

“As a country, we are facing an ageing demographic and ALONE and other agencies are providing essential supports. Many more older people will be experiencing issues such as loneliness or homelessness in the coming years. We need support from the public to increase so that we can continue to meet the demand,"

Find out more about ALONE and read the annual report

Source: Alone press release

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