Saturday 24 February 2018

Make your later years golden by planning ahead, conference told

Brendan Courtney, Marie Nolan, Mary Renehan and Mary Corish at the conference at the Talbot Hotel, Stillorgan in Dublin yesterday. Photo: Justin Farrelly
Brendan Courtney, Marie Nolan, Mary Renehan and Mary Corish at the conference at the Talbot Hotel, Stillorgan in Dublin yesterday. Photo: Justin Farrelly
Eilish O'Regan

Eilish O'Regan

Older people need to think ahead and plan for their golden years rather than waiting for a health crisis to strike, a conference has been told.

The event, which is being held as part of Age Action's Positive Ageing Week, was officially opened yesterday by Older People Minister Jim Daly and was organised by Castle Homecare.

Fashion designer Brendan Courtney, who has campaigned for a fair deal for older people who want to be supported to stay at home, spoke of his family's experience of how they looked after his father Frank after he suffered a stroke. He has since died.

Another couple told of how they downsized their home in preparation for the future.

Christine King, co-founder of Castle Homecare, said: "We see people every day who come to us in a crisis situation and this event is about helping people to put the systems in place before they reach that point."

Mr Daly said the Government is committed to introducing a statutory scheme to provide support to older people who want to remain at home. The public has been asked to give their views.

Irish Independent

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