Drum to feature on Pobal

The way in which the community of Drum in south Roscommon cherishes its elderly is the focus of a report on RTÉ’s bi-lingual regional and community affairs programme, Pobal, which will be aired on Sunday, November 11 th . Many older people feel lonely, as indicated by a recent survey which showed that the call-alarm system is often used by elderly people simply to talk to someone rather than to report a crime or an illness. In Drum, a minibus is organised to transport people to the local bingo hall every Friday night. This, in tandem with other activities arranged by the local Active Age group, ensures that everyone has a voice and feels part of the community in general. Pobal dropped in to the bingo hall to see how this interaction with other people is of benefit to participants and checked out other activities involving the Active Age group, and looked at the reasons why initiatives like this are so important to the elderly.