Support and Information
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 email@example.com.
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).
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
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.