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Action stations: fight for rights of older folk

by Eoin Mulcahy
Age Action’s Care and Repair does small DIY jobs, free of charge, for older people to help them maintain their homes and their independence

Age Action supports and advocates for equality and human rights for all older people, for a society that enables all older people to participate and to live full, independent lives. The organisation has a range of programmes, including its Care and Repair Service, Getting Started computer classes and its Information Service.

The Care and Repair team operate in Dublin, Cork and Galway (and surrounding areas) and do small DIY jobs, free-of-charge, so that older people can maintain their independence at home. If larger jobs are needed, the team can help someone hire a tradesperson to do the work. Care and Repair also operate nationwide to help people prepare their homes when moving back from hospital, such as putting in handrails or setting up a bedroom downstairs.

The Getting Started programme has helped over 44,000 older people learn to use computers and the internet. The service pairs up older people with volunteers, for small group or one-to-one classes so that someone can learn at a pace they are comfortable with.

Age Action’s information helpline is open Monday to Thursday, 9.30am – 1.30pm and 2.30pm – 4.00pm by email to [email protected] or by telephone (01) 475 6989.

Trained information officers provide information or referrals to appropriate organisations.

Finally, Age Action’s advocacy team seeks to influence public policy on issues that concern older people, including the State Pension, home heating and fuel poverty, home care and nursing homes, and a whole lot more. You can learn more about Age Action on their website (www.ageaction.ie) or by telephone on (01) 475 6989.

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