Coping with the cold - Exploring relationships between cold housing, health and social wellbeing in a sample of older people in Ireland

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Date
2012-03
Authors
Cotter, N.
Monahan, E.
McAvoy, H.
Goodman, P.
Institute of Public Health in Ireland
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Quality in Ageing and Older Adults - insights into Ageing in Ireland
Abstract
Older people are vulnerable to fuel poverty on the island of Ireland. This paper seeks to explore the lived experiences of older people in cold weather with a view to informing fuel poverty policy and service responses.
Description
Community and voluntary sector contributors: Energy Action, Age Action, SVP, Irish Rural Link, Togher Social Club and Togher Retired Men's Club, Co. Wicklow Network for Older People, Older Women's Network, Age and Opportunity, ALONE, the Rural Transport Network (in particular Donegal and Cavan). Statutory contributors: Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland, Dublin City Council, the Day Care Centre in St. John's Hospital Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford, Office for Older People, Wexford Local Development, Waterford County Council. Housing association contributors: NABCo, CART, Cluid, Irish Council for Social Housing, Oaklee, Respond. Other contributors (DIT): Jonathan Cullen, Dr Aidan O'Driscoll, Andy Maguire. The authors give special thanks to all who took the time to complete the questionnaire.
Keywords
Fuel poverty, Older people, Housing conditions, Cold weather
Citation
Cotter, N., Monahan, E., McAvoy, H. and Goodman, P. (2012), "Coping with the cold – exploring relationships between cold housing, health and social wellbeing in a sample of older people in Ireland", Quality in Ageing and Older Adults, Vol. 13 No. 1, pp. 38-47. https://doi.org/10.1108/14717791211213607
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