“Each Friday going forward, we are prioritising time in our office for elderly and vulnerable members from 9.30am to 11.00am. We ask that the rest of our members would respect this allocated time. Thank you for your continued support.”
Alone, the charity that supports older persons to age at home, have just launched this lovely video featuring the Christmas memories of three older persons they work with. The aim is to encourage people to remember older persons in their community who may be alone over Christmas, and remind them to call in for a quick visit – even to say hello.
A scene from an A&E unit, taken secretly by RTÉ News recently
Further to the A&E crisis and ahead of the Irish Nurses and Midwife Organising holding a protest outside the Dáil tomorrow
“The cost of keeping an elderly person in an acute hospital bed is significantly less than in a nursing home, speaking purely in financial terms. There is, however, a much greater personal cost in terms of sleep deprivation, loss of personal dignity and control, and loss of social networks….the frail elderly person, often with some degree of dementia, will find this sleep deprivation to be even more terrifying than the fit young man with a leg fracture. They have no one with whom to develop a relationship, as the other patients constantly change and staff also change about. Those waiting – for three, four, or even more months – in these conditions to have central funding released to allow nursing home care might well be described as victims of institutional abuse. Remember that these people are also required to surrender 80 per cent of their liquid assets and continuing cash flow to obtain a “Fair Deal”.”
Patrick Plunkett, a clinical professor of emergency medicine at St James’s Hospital in Dublin, in today’s Irish Times
Snooty, a manatee raised in captivity since 1948, currently resident at South Florida Museum’s Parker Manatee Aquarium, turned 66 this week. In the wild, manatees rarely live past 30 and many don’t make it to 10, regularly dying from injuries inflicted by boat propellors.
Snooty eats 70-80lbs of lettuce, carrots, kale, cabbage, bok choy, broccoli and other assorted vegetables every day, which his keepers suggest has contributed to his remarkable flatulence longevity.