NNRHA profiled in RTÉ three60 TV series
What do you imagine for yourself as you grow older?
Margharita Solon has a vision. When she guides us through the disused Sisters of Mercy convent in Naas she imagines the Nás na Riogh project brought fully to fruition.
She sees a rubble-strewn yard converted into 37 self-contained apartments for the elderly. She sees the convent’s decaying interior renovated into a modern living space and can almost feel daylight spill into the dank hallway from a glass atrium pencilled into the roof. The property selected is right in the middle of town, filtering sounds of life and bustle. Shops and restaurants invite modest excursions around the corner while Margarita Solon foresees two nearby schools as a vibrant crossover between old and young. A cross-generational bridge between our past and future.
Nás na Riogh wants to challenge the isolation of old age. On this week’s episode of Three 60, Catherine, John, Kathleen, Phyllis and Maura all tell us why they fear growing old. Statistics predict that people in Ireland will be living much longer. The number of older people is projected to increase substantially by 2036 with the number of over-65s increasing from 11 per cent of the population to about 20 per cent. The number of people aged 80 years or more is projected to treble from a 2001 level of 98,000 to about 320,000 in 2036 (CSO, 2004) But what sorts of supports are in place for people who do want to live in Residential Care?
Source: RTÉ website