“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(...)

Age Action campaign posters against cuts to travel passes.

An older persons’ advocacy group is urging the Government to keep its “hands off” free travel passes. Any negative changes in the State’s free travel (...)

Fifty-nine nursing homes reported 95 allegations of misconduct by nursing home staff or employers to Hiqa last year. Photograph: Getty Images/Ingram Publishing

Advocacy groups have expressed shock at the fact that 4,246 cases of serious injury to nursing home residents were reported by nursing homes to to the(...)

The cuts affect three housing grants: the housing adaptation grant for people with a disability, housing aid for older people and the mobility aids grant.

Further cutbacks in housing grants intended to help elderly and disabled people to continue living at home, rather than going into residential care, h(...)

The IMO described the HSE’s reversal on the level of savings to be made under medical card probity tests from €113 million to €23 million as a “u-turn” which “undermines the HSE’s credibility on financial issues”.

The HSE service plan for 2014 has been described as an “austerity charter” by the Irish Medical Organisation which says the proposed budget is not ade(...)

There is no avoiding it. After the budget, looking after your health is likely to diminish your wealth. If you have a private health insurance policy,(...)

The cut in the higher rate of maternity benefit is being cut from €262 to €230 per week

The second effective cut to maternity benefit this year and the end of the One Parent Family tax credit for have been described as “anti-woman” and “a(...)