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Acknowledgements

The National Centre for the Protection of Older People (NCPOP) at UCD and the Older People’s Empowerment Network (OPEN) would like to express their gratitude to a number of individuals, groups and organisations who supported the development of the Keep Control campaign.

Thanks to all of the individuals who participated in focus group discussions at the beginning of the project. This includes advocates and representatives of older people as well as home help coordinators, senior case workers and public health nurses. In particular, we are grateful to the following organisations who contributed to the early developmental stage of the campaign:

·         Active Retirement Ireland

·         Age Action Ireland

·         Age and Opportunity

·         National Disability Authority

·         Older and Bolder

·         The Alzheimer Society of Ireland

·         Third Age Ireland

Thanks to a number of individuals who attended the OPEN group meetings to share their expertise and provide information and advice on the development of the campaign. In particular, we would like to thank Ms Patricia Rickard Clarke and Mr Michael Culloty, MABS, for their instrumental contributions.

We would like to express our gratitude to the panel of advisors who reviewed the intervention content and provided us with invaluable feedback. This includes: Ms Patricia Rickard Clarke; Mr Paschal Moynihan and Ms Sarah Mahon, HSE; Ms Maeve Lavin, AIB; Garda Ian Leslie, An Garda Sá˝·ochana; and Ms Mary Condell, Solicitors for the Elderly.

We would like to thank AIB, Belfield Campus UCD; Ms Liz Greene, Clinical Skills Manager, UCD School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health Systems; and Ms Shirley McLean, UCD campus residential services for their assistance in the development of the Keep Control resources.

We would also like to thank the Community Relations & Community Policing Division of An Garda Sá˝·ochana for allowing us to reprint the Garda Card and the Garda Door Hanger. In particular, we would like to acknowledge Garda Ian Leslie for his help in facilitating this.

Thanks also to Ms Sandra McCarthy, NCPOP Administrator for her assistance on the project.

Finally, we would like to express gratitude to the Health Service Executive (HSE), which funded this project as part of the programme of research being conducted by NCPOP. We also acknowledge the HSE-NCPOP management and steering committees, the NCPOP international advisory committee as well as the NCPOP user group for their guidance and advice throughout the project development.

University College Dublin (UCD)National Centre for the Protection of Older People (NCPOP)Health Services Executive (HSE)Older People's Empowerment Network (OPEN)
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