"We are asking all older people not to be afraid to ask for help if they are feeling isolated or lonely"
ALONE, the charity that supports older people to age at home, is urging older people who may be feeling lonely or isolated not to be afraid to ask for the help and support they need and deserve.
The charity’s comments follow the tragic death of two older brothers in Bluebell, West Dublin.
Sean Moynihan, CEO of ALONE said, "We are asking all older people not to be afraid to ask for help if they are feeling isolated or lonely. It is very easy to become cut off from your local community. However, there are supports and services available that can help link you back in with your community and neighbours.
"Not only can loneliness lead to depression, but it is also a predictor for dementia, cardiovascular disease and decreased immune system responsivity. Loneliness is twice as dangerous to the health of an older person as obesity, and is as damaging as smoking 15 cigarettes a day.”
ALONE is also calling on all members of the public to check in with their older neighbours who may be living alone and to consider their needs.
William and Daniel McCarthy were found dead yesterday at a house in the Millrose estate in Bluebell. Both were in their 70s.
Postmortems are due to be carried out today on the bodies of two elderly brothers. Gardaí are not treating the deaths as suspicious.
One of the men reportedly died some time ago, and the other more recently. It is believed they had been sharing a home for several years.
ALONE can be contacted on (01) 679 1032 for those who have concerns about their own wellbeing, or the wellbeing of a vulnerable older person in the community or visit www.alone.ie.