Mary O'Rourke“Keep doing normal things. Seeing your children or grandchildren or going out to the pharmacy or the supermarket.”

As heard on The Ray D'Arcy Show

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Offers to drop off shopping, suggestions of daily visits and soothing words of encouragement were all forthcoming from the staff taking calls at the offices of ALONE earlier today. Ray D’Arcy paid a visit to the service supporting older people, o watch them offering practical help and reassurance over the phone to elderly people and their families, contacting them about …

Loneliness‘It’s very hard to put into words what it means to me that someone is prepared to give up a couple of hours…for just a chat.

As heard on The Ray D'Arcy Show

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Loneliness has been making headlines lately, with the UK taking the unprecedented step of appointing a Minister for Loneliness to address the problem. While loneliness can affect young and old alike, elderly people tend to be more isolated than their younger counterparts. Seán Moynihan, CEO of ALONE Ireland and Clinical Psychologist, Dr Eddie Murphy joined Ray on The Ray D’Arcy Show to discuss the issue. Ray quoted a discomfiting statistic …

Vincent Browne on Adams' Retirement‘I think maybe the Martin McGuinness death has shook him a bit and he feels it’s time to go.’

As heard on The Ray D'Arcy Show

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Those who miss seeing Vincent Browne on their screens got a chance to hear him on the airwaves today. The veteran broadcaster joined Ray on The Ray D’Arcy Show to talk about his work with the organisation ALONE, which aims to highlight the difficulties many older people face. During the conversation, Ray asked Vincent about his thoughts on the news that Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams is set to retire. “I was …