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Age & Opportunity response to Covid-19

Age & Opportunity is following public health guidelines in relation to Covid-19 (Coronavirus) in Ireland. We are following the advice of the HSE (Health Service Executive), the Department of Health and the National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) who are monitoring the situation.

Our office has closed and our staff are continuing to work from home. All of our training sessions and courses have been cancelled until further notice, as advised by the Government. We will continue to provide updates as the situation develops. You can contact all staff through their email addresses (available on our website) or for general enquiries contact info@ageandopportunity.ie.

 

Be mindful of the language you use

We believe that ageist terms and images should be as unacceptable as sexist or racist ones. This guide aims to encourage all of us to use language that is precise, accurate and non-judgemental in private and public conversations with and about older persons.

Our Mind Your Language factsheet can be found here.

 

Call for Equal Access to Appropriate Treatment Options for all Older People

Age alone should never be a barrier to realising one’s right to health.

The Alliance of Age Sector NGOs wish to acknowledge the care being given to our nursing home residents during the Covid-19 pandemic, and to call for equal access to appropriate treatment options for all older people guided by the principles within the Ethical Framework for Decision-Making in a Pandemic (Department of Health 2020).

Read our full statement here. 

 

Support and helplines

ALONE Ireland have launched a helpline for older people who have concerns or are facing difficulties relating to the outbreak of COVID-19 in Ireland, in collaboration with the HSE and the Department of Health. The helpline will provide advice and reassurance, complementing the clinical advice and HSE helpline and support. Should you, or an older person you know, need advice or support you can reach them from 8am – 8pm Monday – Friday on 0818 222 024.

The Alzheimer Society of Ireland have expanded their helpline with a 1:1 Dementia Nurse service supporting people living with dementia. The Helpline is open 6 days a week: Monday to Friday 10am to 5pm and Saturday 10am to 4pm. To make an appointment call:
1800 341 341, email helpline@alzheimer.ie or via Live Chat at www.alzheimer.ie.

Third Age Seniorline is available from 10am -10pm every day passing on vital information to older people and, most importantly, helping people feel less alone. SeniorLine Freephone 1800 80 45 91.

Women’s Aid have a national freephone helpline available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Call 1800 341 900.

Men’s Aid have a national confidential helpline. Call 01 554 3811 or email Hello@mensaid.ie.

 

HSE and government information

For all the latest information from the HSE check out their website here. 

For all the latest information from the government check out their website here. 

COVID-19 Cocooning Public Health Advice 

An easy read version of the Cocooning public health advice can be found here.

Mental Wellbeing, Eating Healthy and Looking After Each Other

Information, support and resources for people to help deal with stress and isolation, and also to help people maintain well being and cope at home during this time. The website is www.gov.ie/together.

COVID-19 related resources:

Building Resilience

Life has changed for everyone in the last few months. We want to look at ways in which we can all develop our resilience during these trying times, and also into the future. Find out more here.

Keeping Active

While we can’t do the usual activities we normally would to keep healthy, it’s important to find other means of keeping active for our physical and mental health. Find out more here.

Getting Creative

There are so many ways we can enjoy the arts and celebrate creativity, even while we social distance and isolate. Find out more here.

Support & Information

With so much information circulating about Covid-19 it’s important to get verified news. There are also a number of resources available for people who need extra assistance. Find out more here.

COVID-19 related resources:

Building Resilience

Life has changed for everyone in the last few months. We want to look at ways in which we can all develop our resilience during these trying times, and also into the future. Find out more here.

Keeping Active

While we can’t do the usual activities we normally would to keep healthy, it’s important to find other means of keeping active for our physical and mental health. Find out more here.

Getting Creative

There are so many ways we can enjoy the arts and celebrate creativity, even while we social distance and isolate. Find out more here.

Support & Information

With so much information circulating about Covid-19 it’s important to get verified news. There are also a number of resources available for people who need extra assistance. Find out more here.

Principal Funders:

Link to HSE websiteLink to Sport Ireland websiteLink to Arts Council website

Our Principal Funders:

Link to HSE websiteLink to Sport Ireland websiteLink to Arts Council website