Ap­peal to watch out for the el­derly

Bray People - - NEWS -

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.

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