Smoking in bed was highlighted as a particular risk. Photograph: Haydn West/PA

  A disproportionately high percentage of pensioners die in house fires in the State, according to a review of a decade of statistics on f(...)

Cigarettes were the suspected cause in a quarter of cases, electrical appliances were suspected in 18 per cent of cases and electric blankets in 3 per cent. Matches, candles and chip pan fires were the next most likely causes

Cigarettes were the suspected cause of a quarter of fatal fires an analysis of a decade of statistics shows. A total of 366 deaths connected to(...)

 An unpublished Department of Health review lists a number of options for improving the funding of the Fair Deal scheme, including increasing the State contribution or making those in nursing homes pay more

Groups representing older people say they will oppose any attempt to increase the financial contribution by users of the Fair Deal nursing home scheme(...)

Eamon Timmins of Age Action Ireland called for the findings of Beaumont’s investigation to be made public. Photograph: The Irish Times

Acute hospitals are “inappropriate” and “ill-equipped” to care for elderly patients with dementia, advocates for the elderly and nursing representativ(...)

Eamon Timmins of Age Action Ireland said the current hospital crisis highlighted the need to address the health needs of older people. His agency, as a national charity for older people, believed a major State challenge was the provision of health and social care supports for them in their communities. File photograph: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

Over 60 per cent of pensioners are in the bottom half of income distribution nationally, Age Action Ireland’s head of advocacy and communications Eamo(...)

Christmas cheer-up: Dustin The Turkey lent his support to Age Action this year, along with Christmas FM. Photograph: David Sleator 2:04

Tucked away in a corner of the Ballsbridge Hotel in Dublin, an avid band of merry broadcasters is hard at work filling Ireland’s airwaves with yuletid(...)

“Age Action condemns the inhuman, degrading and abusive treatment highlighted in tonight’s Prime Time Investigates programme,”said Age Action head of advocacy and communications Eamon Timmins. File photograph: John Stillwell/PA Wire

Age Action has said the mistreatment and abuse that took place at Áras Attracta in Co Mayo highlights major major structural failures in the systems d(...)

Donald and Jane Maxwell at their Cabinteely home with their grandchildren (front, from left) Charlie Hilliard, Clara Maxwell, Lucy Hilliard, Alison Plunkett and Lisa Maxwell; (back row, from left) Tanya Plunkett, David Maxwell, Daniel Plunkett and Ben Hilliard. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

It took a long trek from Dublin, and many rounds of “I Spy”, to visit my only granny, who lived in Norfolk. But anticipation of the pleasure of being (...)

Age of experience: Ellen Ridden regularly speaks out on elder issues

‘I’m sick of us being treated as whingers just because we are old. We’ve got to fight every step of the way, which is so unfair. We are entitled to re(...)

Tom Hartnett from Co Cork making his point at an Age Action Q&A forum at the Aisling Hotel in Dublin today. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Many older people are struggling to afford to heat their homes and pay for medical care, a public meeting in Dublin has heard. Around 200 people atten(...)