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Commissioner’s office hails Newry U3A artist

on Tuesday, 14 March 2017. Posted in News

Commissioner’s office hails Newry U3A artist
Eddie Lynch, Commissioner for Older People for Northern Ireland (COPNI) has congratulated Newry U3A member Mary Gallagher after her design was chosen as part of COPNI's Christmas Card competition.

Mary was one of many people who responded to the call for older artists across Northern Ireland to submit designs for COPNI's annual Christmas card which was distributed to hundreds of people...

Commissioner for Older People launches investigation into Dunmurry Manor Care Home

on Wednesday, 15 February 2017. Posted in News

Commissioner for Older People launches investigation into Dunmurry Manor Care Home

Following family members and former employees raising serious concerns about the standards of care and safety of residents living with dementia in Dunmurry Manor Care Home, the Commissioner for Older People for Northern Ireland has announced a formal investigation.

Speaking about the investigation, the Commissioner for Older People for Northern Ireland, Eddie Lynch said;

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COPNI consults on Draft Disability Action Plan 2017-2020

on Monday, 06 February 2017. Posted in News

COPNI consults on Draft Disability Action Plan 2017-2020

COPNI are currently consulting on their Draft Disability Action Plan until Monday 1 May. Please send responses to marie.mullan@copni.org.

To download COPNI's Draft Disability Action Plan 2017-2020, please click here.

A New Old Age

on Tuesday, 14 March 2017. Posted in News

Want to decide what a new old age might look like? Part science, part entertainment, part TED talk, part stand-up, here is your chance to shape new thinking around what the future of old age will look like in Northern Ireland.

What are the big personal, economic and political issues which matter to you and those around you? What do we all need to be doing today to get the future...

Who's Calling - Levels of cold calls and scams of older people in Northern Ireland

on Tuesday, 13 December 2016. Posted in News

Who's Calling - Levels of cold calls and scams of older people in Northern Ireland

The Commissioner for Older People for Northern Ireland warns 'Older people in Northern Ireland are bombarded by scam mail and calls in their own homes'.

The Commissioner for Older People for Northern Ireland, Eddie Lynch has launched research today showing that older people are at risk of constant, multiple attempts to scam them.


The report was launched by the...

1 in 5 older people in Northern Ireland experiencing financial abuse

on Thursday, 29 September 2016. Posted in News

1 in 5 older people in Northern Ireland experiencing financial abuse
The Commissioner for Older People for Northern Ireland, Eddie Lynch launched research today that reveals that 21% of older people in Northern Ireland are likely to be experiencing some form of financial abuse. The shocking figure is taken from the Commissioner’s research report ‘Financial Abuse of Older People in Northern Ireland: The Unsettling Truth’ and was launched...

Commissioner supports the ‘Make the Call’ campaign

on Thursday, 08 September 2016. Posted in News

Commissioner supports the ‘Make the Call’ campaign

Communities Minister Paul Givan has urged people to ‘Make the Call’ to check if they are missing out on unclaimed benefits saying it is important people receive all the benefits, supports and services they and their families are entitled to.

 
Speaking at Lisburn Civic Centre as he launched the Department for Communities’ latest three year plan for improving...

Commissioner for Older People, Eddie Lynch speaks to Scope NI

on Wednesday, 03 August 2016. Posted in News

Commissioner for Older People, Eddie Lynch speaks to Scope NI

The Commissioner for Older People for Northern Ireland, Eddie Lynch has spoken to Nick Garbutt for Scope NI about his shock that older people are left out of the draft Programme for Government.

The Commissioner has proposed another outcome to be included: "We respect, value and protect our older people" and COPNI have drafted 19 indicators showing how progress towards that...

Commissioner for Older People seeks your views on priorities for action

on Thursday, 28 July 2016. Posted in News

Commissioner for Older People seeks your views on priorities for action
The Commissioner for Older People for Northern Ireland will be asking older people to meet him at a series of events across the region to hear their views on his proposed priorities for his term of office.
 
During a visit to the Good Morning Network in Newtownabbey, Eddie Lynch announced details of a series of events being held across Northern...

Commissioner welcomes new pathway for older people at Antrim Area Hospital

on Wednesday, 27 July 2016. Posted in News

Commissioner visits Antrim Area Hospital Direct Assessment Unit - Dr Tony Stevens, Chief Executive, Wendy Magowan, Pamela McCreedy, Commissioner Eddie Lynch and COPNI Chief Executive Evelyn Hoy

The Commissioner for Older People for Northern Ireland, Eddie Lynch, today visited the Direct Assessment Unit (DAU) at Antrim Area Hospital and welcomed the new pathway available for frail elderly patients.

The Unit opened as a pilot in 2012 but has expanded to accept GP referrals for frail elderly people who require a Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment. As well as referring patients...

Ageist language about older voters must be challenged

on Monday, 04 July 2016. Posted in News

Ageist language about older voters must be challenged

In the wake of the referendum results, the Commissioner for Older People for Northern Ireland (COPNI), Eddie Lynch, has said that ageist language about older voters must be challenged.


Eddie Lynch said: "Over the past week, I have listened to much commentary in the aftermath of the Brexit vote and have become increasingly concerned about some of the language and comments being...

New Commissioner for Older People announces commitment to tackle financial abuse against older people.

on Tuesday, 14 June 2016. Posted in News

New Commissioner for Older People announces commitment to tackle financial abuse against older people.

In the Commissioner's first day in office, Eddie Lynch outlined his commitment to tackling financial abuse against older people.


Eddie Lynch said: "I am delighted to have been appointed as the new Commissioner for Older People for Northern Ireland.


"During my term of office, I will promote awareness of issues which impact on older people and act as a strong...

More must be done to support older carers

on Monday, 06 June 2016. Posted in News

More must be done to support older carers

Evelyn Hoy, Chief Executive of The Commissioner for Older People for Northern Ireland, has called on the Health Minister to take action and support the role played by older carers in our society.


Carers week runs from 6 – 12 June 2016 and is an opportunity to recognise and highlight the contribution that Northern Ireland's older carers make to the people they care for and...

COPNI Chief Executive welcomes prosecution of domiciliary care worker for theft against older person

on Wednesday, 27 April 2016. Posted in News

COPNI Chief Executive welcomes prosecution of domiciliary care worker for theft against older person

Evelyn Hoy, Chief Executive of The Commissioner for Older People for Northern Ireland, welcomed the decision taken at Newry Magistrates Court to sentence a domiciliary care worker to 3 months imprisonment for committing theft against an older person.

The office...

COPNI Chief Executive calls on the PSNI to ensure perpetrators of crimes against older people are brought to justice

on Tuesday, 26 April 2016. Posted in News

COPNI Chief Executive calls on the PSNI to ensure perpetrators of crimes against older people are brought to justice

Evelyn Hoy, Chief Executive of The Commissioner for Older People for Northern Ireland, has called on the PSNI to ensure perpetrators of crimes against older people are brought to justice following a recent spate of burglaries and robberies.


"The recent spate of burglaries and robberies against older people, some of which have been violent, are both shocking sickening, and my...

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