Boyle, Maura and Larragy, Joe
Feeling the Pinch: One Year On. Older People's Experience of the Recession in Ireland.
Older and Bolder.
This report provides an update on a study undertaken on behalf of Older and Bolder during 2009 (Costello and O’Hare, 2009, Feeling the Pinch). The original case studies were based on detailed interviews with older people, with individuals in some cases and with an older couple in others. In the original report a total of eighteen case studies were included, together with a detailed outline of aims and objectives, methodology, review of literature and demographic profile of older people.
The present study was conducted within the same overall framework, context and methodology, during the month of October 2010. It is important to emphasise, however, that this study is qualitative and exploratory rather than a basis for generalisation to older people in general. Its value is in providing insights from actual lives rather than quantifying what we researchers may believe is important a priori.
This report is limited to providing follow-up interview reports based on available and willing respondents from last year. In all, of the original eighteen case studies from 2009, a total of eight older people were available and willing to be interviewed this year. In the event, one of these interviews had to be cut short and was not sufficient as a basis for a report this year. Thus, this update is limited to seven cases.
Constraints of time have prevented a more ambitious survey or the addition of new cases to the panel from 2009.
In general, each interview can be read as it stands, as it incorporates the essential background detail of the respondents from 2009, though more detailed additional context and comments can be found in the original interview report. In this year’s interviews there is a special focus on developments since last year and perceptions of older people about the course of changes, both in their own lives and in the immediate world of family and the wider community and society around them.
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