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Rise in calls about adults living at home

Thursday, 3rd August, 2017 9:07am

A listening service for older people has recorded a rise in calls about their children and grandchildren back living with them.

SeniorLine, a national confidential listening service for older people, described the calls as coming from parents and grandparents who find their home suddenly bursting at the seams to accommodate their children and grandchildren, in danger of being homeless.

Aine Brady, CEO of Third Age, the voluntary organisation that founded SeniorLine, said it could be helpful if such adults could sit down and discuss some ground rules for living together.

She said: “It can be very difficult for sons or daughters to find themselves back under their parents’ roof, and it can be tough too for the older couple if they have settled into their retirement, particularly if it is many years since their children left home.”

SeniorLine was reacting to the news that just under 460,000 adults were living with their parents.

Census 2016 recorded 458,874 people aged 18 and over living with their parents, an increase of 4.4 per cent, with 58.6 per cent being male.

The Central Statistics Office also said, that on Census night in April 2016, fewer than half (215,088) of those living with their parents were at work, while 66,516 were unemployed and 152,269 were students.

SeniorLine was of the opinion that he combined effect of the economic downturn and inflated housing costs has meant that many adults can no longer make their way on the housing ladder, and begin their independent lives. A number of adult offspring who had left home and started their own families, have also had to move home to parents or parents-in-law, due to soaring rents or mortgage difficulties.

SeniorLine Freephone is 1800-804591 and is open from 10am-10pm every day of the year.

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