Money Arthur and Joan Foster at a family wedding in 1997

This week it's pensioners who have been mis-sold. But we're all victims of bad advice.

Setback in battle against compulsory retirement

Campaigners for age equality today lost a key stage in their legal battle to banish the compulsory retirement age in the UK.

Brown energy package 'too little, too late'

Gordon Brown ran into a fresh onslaught of criticism today as his much-anticipated energy package was derided.

The population timebomb

There are now more pensioners in Britain than under 16s – with explosive consequences for NHS and pensions

Better care for elderly 'could save 60,000 lives'

Elderly people are dying of neglect and spending their final years in pain and discomfort because basic care is not being provided, a study has found.

Depressed over-65s 'denied help'

Older people with depression are being denied help, according to a report released today. Those seeking help are often fobbed off, misdiagnosed or given inappropriate treatment.

Ministers to strip councils of power to run care homes

Care for elderly, infirm and disabled people could be stripped from local authority control under radical new government plans in an effort to end the so-called "postcode lottery" that sees wildly different standards of care across the country.

Professor Janet Askham: Researcher into ageing and health

Janet Askham's early focus as a sociologist was on family formation, intimate relationships, fertility and marriage; later, she was drawn to study how people adapt as they grow older or interact with health professionals. Her most perceptive work explored how family and the quality of friendship patterns help or constrain the way people handle the processes of becoming old or ill. Respect for the autonomy and dignity of the patient struck her as central to successful encounters with the vagaries of illness, ageing or healthcare, and were a constant theme in her research, teaching and advice.

Solicitor forced to retire at 65 claims age discrimination

A solicitor fighting a test appeal after being forced to retire at 65 has a "fundamental" right not to be discriminated against because of his age, an employment tribunal was told yesterday. Leslie Seldon, a former partner at the Kent-based law firm Clarkson, Wright and Jakes (CWJ), is challenging an earlier ruling that he was not discriminated against when forced to retire.

NHS care quality pledge after Darzi review

The Government pledged to put quality at the heart of patient care today as health minister Lord Darzi set out his vision for the NHS.

Number of poor pensioners rises by 300,000

The number of British pensioners and children living in poverty has risen by nearly 400,000 in a year, figures have revealed.

Age concern over defence but France are formidable

Magical midfield and exciting young strikers may make even pessimist Domenech smile

Julian Knight: Let's call these 'advisers' what they are – salesmen

The Retail Distribution Review sounds a classic bit of financial industry mumbo-jumbo. But in plain English, RDR is a study of how financial products are sold to the public. It is crucial because if change is carried out properly, it could help prevent future mis-selling scandals.

James Lawton: Age concern as Hopkins and Calzaghe Snr exchange jibes

He may be 43, but Bernard Hopkins roars defiance after ageist taunts from the Calzaghe camp

Hospitals face fines for poor food

Cornish hospitals have shown that patients fed on high quality food recover more quickly. Other trusts are set to follow. By Jane Merrick, Political Editor

£180m repaid to patients who sold homes to pay for long-term care

More than £180m in compensation has been paid to patients wrongly charged for long-term nursing care in a bureaucratic blunder by the NHS.

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