Home Instead Senior Care recently launched its free annual handbook and guide “Senior Citizen: The Essential Guidebook 2014”, which is now available throughout Waterford city and county. This latest edition calls on older people in Ireland to ‘Age Loudly’ in 2014 and is supported by Age Action, HSE and Nursing Homes Ireland.
So what exactly is ‘ageing loudly’? According to Danette Connolly, Director of Care at Home Instead Senior Care Waterford, ageing loudly is arming our senior population with resources and information to make life easier.
“Knowledge is power and we believe that this knowledge is crucial in making informed decisions. The free Essential Guidebook contains quality, relevant and topical information on a vast range of everyday issues. There is information on issues such as allowances and entitlements, medical advice, discovering new technology, health and nutrition tips and dementia and Alzheimer’s care.”
“The latest edition encourages older people to take personal responsibility for their future by supporting readers through ‘The Care Journey’ – a journey that seeks to maximise opportunities that enhance quality of life and prevents loss of independence for as long as possible”, she added.
Information in the guide has been gathered and verified from experts in the various fields and is reliable, informative and engaging with the aim of supporting senior citizens and their families live life and age in an informed way so that they can be happy, healthy and independent for as long as possible.
Ed Murphy, CEO of Home Instead Senior Care said, “The Central Statistics Office predicts that, over the next 30 years, the number of people over the age of 65 will double and the number over 80 will quadruple. Our ageing population is certainly one of humanity’s greatest triumphs. But it is also one of our greatest challenges with increased economic and social demands on our country, in terms of our funding for quality health and social services, increased cost of living, changes to family and community settings with increased emigration, social isolation and so on.”
The Senior Citizen Guidebook highlights key areas such as diet, exercise, socialisation, understanding your benefits and entitlements – your medical condition if you have one, appointing a power of attorney and considering your preferred care options for later life. “Arming yourself with this knowledge will help Ireland create a very much needed culture of care planning, and we believe this is the key foundation to successful ageing. We want Ireland’s culture to evolve to see care planning as the necessary and smart option for seniors”, he added.
“Senior Citizen: The Essential Guidebook” features information on:
· Allowances and Entitlements for older people and carers
· Minding your Health
· Elder Abuse
· New Technology
· Keeping Safe at Home
· Home Care
· Nursing Homes
· Alzheimer’s and other Dementia Care
· Tips on Health & Fitness, Nutrition & Diet, Holidays & Travel
· Financial and Legal Information
· How to deal with Bereavement
· Directory of older people’s organisations
· Successful Ageing Checklist
You can pick up your free copy of Senior Citizen: The Essential Guidebook 2014 now from the Home Instead Senior Care Waterford office in the Cleaboy Business Park, local libraries (Ferrybank, Ardkeen and the Central Library), local pharmacies and Ardkeen Quality Foodstore, Dunmore Road on Friday, March 7th from 10am to 5pm.
Log on to www.homeinstead.ie to download a pdf of the guide.