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Wednesday 17 July 2019

Boost in senior alert use

The number of participants in the Seniors Alert Scheme in County Louth has increased by 32% according to the most recent figures for the last year, according to Fine Gael TD, Fergus O'Dowd.

Figures to end of October show that 943 people in Louth were registered participants on the scheme compared to 712 participants at the same stage of 2017. This is an increase of 231 on last year.

"The Senior Alerts Scheme supports vulnerable older people in our communities by providing them with a free monitored alarm which they wear on their person and which they can activate if they need assistance," said Deputy O'Dowd. "I am delighted to see that the number of people participating in this scheme locally has increased so much. It is clear evidence that older people are feeling the benefits of the scheme.

The personalised alarms are provided for free and monitoring is free for the first year. From the second year on a modest yearly monitoring fee is charged. Contact Pobal on 01 511 7222 or visit www.pobal.ie.

Drogheda Independent

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