Mary Kennedy launches 2016 edition of the Irish Pensioners Handbook

Free Guide for Older People and Carers Launched

“This is a great resource and not simply for older people. Every household should have a copy,” says RTÉ’s Mary Kennedy at the launch of the 2016 edition of the Irish Pensioners Handbook published by homecare company Bluebird Care.

The free publication, which comprises 266 pages of helpful hints, tips, articles and local directories for older people andcarers, is now available from local Bluebird Care offices nationwide.

“While we live in a digital world, there’s nothing better than having a book at hand which covers so much from a directory of local services to advice on finance, legal matters, home security, homecare and even recipes from the Food For The Soul cookbook. Practical information in one place is invaluable for older people and carers. I’m in the business of communications so I can understand why this book is so popular,” says Mary Kennedy.

The handbook also contains a comprehensive county-by-county directory of hospitals, local authorities, support groups, charities and state agencies as well as expert articles on matters from wills to investing money, caring for a loved one and staying fit and healthy in older age.

Eddie O’Toole, Operations Director with Bluebird Care says their 26 offices nationwide had a waiting list of people and organisations that ordered copies of the book before its launch.

“The Irish Pensioners Handbook is hugely popular and feedback so far has been extremely positive. We have uploaded the electronic version on our website so it’s there at the touch of a button. We have printed 20,000 copies and we are inviting members of the public to call to their local Bluebird Care office to pick up their free copy. The articles we commissioned are based on the information older people and carers are looking for from our staff, so we decided to ask a number of medical, financial and health experts to contribute to it.”

The Handbook can be viewed online at You can also pick up your hard copy from your local Bluebird Careoffice nationwide or call Bluebird Care on 0818 227 052 or email Find your local Bluebird Care office by logging onto

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