International & National Principles, Rights and Responsibilities
of Older Persons
National Statements - Charters of Rights for the Elderly
The Irish Congress of Trade Unions and the National Federation
of Pensioners' Associations adapted the principles set down in
the 1982 UN International Plan of Action on Ageing as the basis
for promoting economic independence and full participation of
the elderly in the social, cultural and political life of the
community. It proposed campaigning actively for the following
rights which will ensure that the elderly can live in conditions
of freedom and dignity:
For further information, contact:
National Council for the Elderly
Ireland FAX: 353/l 676 5754
CHARTER OF RIGHTS FOR THE ELDERLY IN IRELAND
- The Right to live independent, active and
full lives without discrimination on grounds of age.
- The Right to an adequate income, substantial
enough to provide a decent - standard of living.
- The Right to equity in taxation. Provisions
in the income tax code relating to the elderly should be regularly
- The Right to adequate, secure and suitable
living accommodation in the community. A range of housing options
to be available to the elderly including sheltered housing,
purpose built flats, voluntary housing associations and controlled
private rented accommodation. Subsidies and grants should be
provided to encourage families to keep elderly relatives in
the family environment.
- The Right to a proper Nursing Homes Service
for the very frail and physically incapacitated. All Nursing
Homes should be subject to statutory regulations to guarantee
proper treatment of patients, including professional nursing
- The Right to hospitalisation and medical
services. These services to be provided through a comprehensive
public health programme based on a positive commitment to the
health of the elderly. Home nursing and public health nursing
services should be expanded. Hospital and medical services impose
a heavy financial burden on many elderly persons not entitled
to medical cards. This situation should be remedied.
- The Right to a properly funded home help
service providing for the care of the elderly and organised
in co-ordination with local community care services.
- The Right to participate in formal and informal
- The Right to proper pre-retirement facilities
including paid time-off for retirement planning courses, flexible
working hours, job-sharing and early retirement.
- The Right to participate in and be represented
on appropriate bodies dealing with matters concerning the elderly.
- The Right to protection against violence.
Local Community Alert Programmes which can be of assistance
to the elderly, particularly those living alone, should be developed.
- The Right to travel and recreational facilities
providing opportunities for self-expression, personal development