Elderly Irish focus of new outreach plan in New York
Lonely death of older Irishman led to new effort
A retired airline employee, 72-year-old Joe Flannery pointed out that many elderly people do not have many social outlets, which is a “sad state of affairs” he reflected.
“A lot of people who come here, this is — believe me — their only outing for the week,” he said.
In a similar attempt to reach out to elderly Irish Americans in New York, last year a hot line for elderly expatriates living alone was established.
The initiative was organized by the Irish Government in conjunction with city officials ad Irish community centers.
However the help line received few calls and was shut down operations recently. The Irish consulate is in the process of hiring a coordinator to revamp the service.
Irish immigrants at the recent weekly luncheon spoke about the importance of getting out of the house and staying active.
Miss Clifford left Ireland in 1957 said she makes a point of getting out of the house. As well as attending the weekly luncheons, she enjoys playing cards during the week.
“I use a cane, and I’m all dilapidated, but I get around,” she joked.
“You’ve got to hang in there, or otherwise you’ve got to lie down and die, “ she added.
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