Active Retirement Ireland (ARI) says Budget 2019 must take account of the fact that people are living longer.
Peter Kavanagh from ARI said: “People in Ireland are living longer, but don’t necessarily enjoy a good quality of life as they age.”
He said this was due to high medical costs and severe lack of choice in relation to healthcare supports.
“In this week’s Budget, we are hoping for a range of measures to support older people, our most vulnerable citizens, to remain as healthy as possible for as long as possible,” said Mr Kavanagh. “In particular, we need progress on making healthcare more affordable and ensuring people are supported to remain living at home as they age.”
Active Retirement Ireland is calling for the following measures to be included in Budget 2019:
“What does it say about a society if we condemn older people to live in poverty and loneliness – and in care settings not of their choosing?” said Mr Kavanagh. “This Budget provides an opportunity for Ireland to prove itself a world leader in how we treat our older citizens. Recovery, if it is to impact all of us, must be enjoyed equally by citizens of all backgrounds and ages.
“Media reports in recent days have floated some likely Budget measures that will help older people. But we need definitive, ambitious and long-term actions, not piecemeal and tokenistic gestures.”