Appeal to watch out for the elderly
FAMILIES, friends and neighbours are being urged to keep a watch out for the welfare of any elderly people over the festive season, especially if they live by themselves.
Deputy Andrew Doyle said ‘sadly some older people are more vulnerable at this time of year but this is something that can be tackled with some extra vigilance.’
He warned that while physical bullying is easier to detect, psychological bullying is a lot more subtle and as a result harder to spot.
‘ This psychological bullying can take the form of threats about leaving the person alone over Christmas, putting the person into a nursing home, threats about the withdrawal of meals, unless the older person hands over money. I am conscious of older people who may have sons or daughters or relatives who have addiction problems and may use implied threats to obtain money from an older person. Thankfully this is not the norm in Irish society but nevertheless it does occur. I am therefore asking family, friends, neighbours to be extra vigilant and supportive of their older relatives or neighbours and be mindful of older persons in the community over the long holiday.’
The Senior Helpline confidential listening service at 1850 440444 is operated by trained volunteers for the price of a local call and operates from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week.
Deputy Andrew Doyle.