Canadians observe Good Morning Louth

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Good Morning Louth is one of the county’s great success stories, a telephone service for older people in the county, to help them feel safe and well in their own homes. But it does more than that. It allows people living on their own to have a line of communication with the local community.

Last week, Good Morning Louth welcomed some visitors from Western Michigan University Canada.

The co-ordinator of the Good Morning Louth phone service, Anne Murphy extended a warm welcome to Professor Maureen Mickus and his group who visited the call-centre in Dundalk.

Professor Mickus was accompanied by a group of occupational therapy students from Michigan university. She had previously visited Good Morning Louth in May and was so impressed with the service that she organised a follow up visit with her students. She plans to set up a similar service in their own community in Michigan.

“The service is well-organised and responsive to the needs of a growing number of people within the county who greatly benefit from the ongoing

support,” said Maureen.

“It is obvious that the benefits of this service are inclusive, providing meaningful activities for the volunteers while also giving important support to older persons in the community. Research over the past several decades has demonstrated the adverse and life threatening impact of loneliness in later life.

With trends toward increased life expectancy and smaller families, there is a critical need for services that support older people within their own community providing them

with the ongoing reassurance that others care about their wellbeing.”

To avail of the Good Morning Louth Service contact: Anne Murphy, Coordinator at 042 9330103 or


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