Senior Citizen Essential Guidebook

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As a result of the current high level of emigration, the age make-up of Ireland is rapidly changing.

Young emigrants are leaving behind an increasingly aging population. With Ireland’s elderly having to deal with a multitude of varying issues, it can be a struggle for them to find the relevant information. Many senior citizens struggle with technology, putting them at a disadvantage in an age when so much information is chiefly distributed online.

Launched in the Mansion House on Friday March 1st, ‘Senior Citizen: The Essential Guidebook’ is a publication which gathers all this information in one place. Produced by Home Instead Senior Care and supported by Age Action and the HSE, the book offers senior citizens answers to a wide range of topical questions, and is available free of charge.

Topics covered include; allowances and entitlements, health, safety, nursing homes, dealing with bereavement, and advice on legal and financial affairs. 40,000 copies of the publication are being distributed across the country to those involved with the welfare of seniors.

NSpeaking at the launch, Age Action’s Eamon Timmins said “Currently Ireland is awash with information. Unfortunately much of it is only available online where it cannot be accessed by those older people who do not have computer skills. This guidebook addresses this issue by providing an array of useful information in a format which most older people can access.”

Bernie Byrne is Home Instead’s Community Education and Development Officer for the Dublin 4 area. She is willing to co-operate with any relevant local groups who may require assistance and can also furnish groups with multiple copies of the book. Her office can be reached at 01 6670911.

If you would like a free copy of ‘Senior Citizen: The Essential Guidebook’, simply dial 1890 989 755. Alternatively, you can download a PDF version from

by Eric Hillis