A new guidebook aimed at helping older people and family carers to learn more about ageing is now available in communities all over Ireland.
The Senior Citizen & Family Carer Essential Guidebook 2020 includes comprehensive information on the wide range of supports available to older people, from the State, volunteer groups and the private sector.
It also contains useful tips and advice on community services, social activity, home safety and security, nutrition, health and general wellbeing.
"There is really useful information in the guidebook which helps seniors and family carers make better decisions regarding their health and wellbeing.
"All this helps to improve quality of life and allows older people to remain living at home, which is where they want to be," says Oliver McBride, Managing Director at Home Instead Senior Care Sligo Leitrim Roscommon.
"For instance, we know that loneliness and isolation can be a very serious issue for older people, and the effects can be worse during the winter months or in rural areas.
"But some of the organisations listed in the guidebook work tirelessly to keep seniors socially active in communities all over the country.
"This can help prevent illness, and ensure we can live independently at home, and allow us to maintain strong links with the community.
"Similarly, family carers are often under immense pressure as they try to juggle many different elements of life as they look after their older parents and their young family too.
"The guidebook has information aimed at helping them to deal with this pressure and avoid burnout," said Oliver.
You can get a free copy of the guidebook from Home Instead Senior Care Sligo by calling 071 931 7051.