Birr man is poster boy for pensioners guide

tony Kelly, originally from Birr, but now living in Dublin features on the cover of a new publication - The Irish Pensioners Handbook which was launched recently.

tony Kelly, originally from Birr, but now living in Dublin features on the cover of a new publication - The Irish Pensioners Handbook which was launched recently.

The Handbook was welcomed by Kathleen Lynch, TD, Minister of State with responsibility for Disability, Older People, Equality & Mental Health. The Irish Pensioners Handbook 2012 includes advice and information on a wide range of issues including allowances and entitlements, medical, health and nutrition matters, the various options for elder care, home safety information, legal and financial information and much more. It was produced by Home Instead Senior Care with the support of Age Action and the HSE.

Minister Lynch commented, “I would like to congratulate all those associated with this publication which provides a wealth of useful information not only for pensioners and their families, but also for carers and service providers. The priority for the Department and the Health Service Executive over 2012 is to improve the care for older people as they access a range of services.”

Teresa O’Reilly of Home Instead Senior Care, says, “A recent report* highlighted the difficulties that many older people have in accessing vital information on public services and information - and many of them feel alienated and isolated because they don’t use the internet. We hope our Handbook will help them access this information much more easily.”

To order a FREE copy of the Irish Pensioners Handbook, please call 057 932 3838 or log on to www.homeinstead.ie to download a pdf of the guide.

The Minister continued, “As 2012 is the European Year for Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generations, a priority for me is to ensure that the National Positive Ageing Strategy is completed. We want to promote a country that encourages people of all ages to think positively about their own ageing, that helps people to plan sensibly for their later years and that provides the support for people to enjoy a good quality of life as they grow older.”

Eamon Timmins of Age Action said, “Information is power. As a national charity for older people, Age Action passionately believes in empowering older people. The existence of entitlements and services is one thing – making people aware of them is a completely different challenge – which is why we are very pleased to partner with Home Instead Senior Care and the HSE in producing the ‘2012 Irish Pensioners Handbook’. It really is a valuable tool for older people.”

The Irish Pensioners Handbook 2012 features information on: Allowances and Entitlements for older people and carers; Medical Advice; Home Care; Advice Around the Home ; Nursing Home Care; Dementia and Alzheimer’s care; Tips on Health & Fitness, Nutrition & Diet, Holidays & Travel; Financial and Legal advice; How to deal with Bereavement

It also has a directory of older person’s organisations and other useful contacts.