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Long-term care could eat into your capital.

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Ernest Hallett, 72, and his wife, Patricia, 61, from Leicester. Mr Hallett is a former print worker. His wife took early retirement as a teacher four years ago. Weekly income: him pounds 124, her pounds 162 from state and occupational pensions. They have a pounds 30,000 lump sum from retirement in stocks and shares. Outgoings are minimal.

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Will the Royal Commission report change the financial facts of care for the old? By Teresa Hunter

Smart Moves: Don't knock a little bit of wisdom in the workplace

BRING TOGETHER a catering assistant, a fundraiser, a housing officer, two housewives, a couple of students (one mature, one teenager) and a woman who runs her own pub. Throw in a leatherworker, a jobless man, two retired women - a dressmaker and a magistrate - and a professional bassoon player. Ask them to talk about their experiences of work. Get them to hear out the "experts" from the Government and research centres. Then ask them to come up with a verdict on what constitutes "employability".

Personal finance: More problems for the caring society

Plans to make long term care more accessible will still leave many in tough straits. By Clifford German

Letter: I won't freeze

Sir: In common with 8.4 million other old age pensioners I am about to receive a pounds 20 winter fuel payment. I do not really need it and shall pass mine on.

The Independent Christmas Appeal: `A smile is the only reward I need'

AT THE age of 66, Doreen Taylor should be enjoying her retirement and allowing others to look after her. Instead, she spends her time looking after her mother and running a day centre for the elderly.

Help keep the cowboys at bay

Christmas appeal

Killing season begins for thousands of old people Tens of thousands of old will be killed by winter

WINTER IS a killing season. The average British winter takes some 30,000 lives and the great majority of victims are elderly. Between October and March the death rate rises by 10 per cent, compared to the warmer half of the year.

Doctors who choose to reject the old

LEGAL MEASURES to combat age discrimination in the National Health Service and in financial services could be proposed in Parliament next year, campaigners say.

Prejudice was stripped away by advert

WHEN Pearl Reed was picked as the model for Age Concern's anti- discrimination campaign a year ago, she thought it would be a straightforward photographic job.

Britain's elderly struggle to cope on the edge of poverty

KATHLEEN GOVINDA has been pacing, deep in thought, in front of the chilled meats counter for five minutes. Finally - and triumphantly - she brandishes a packet of chicken and puts it in her trolley. She has managed to find a piece on special offer at pounds 2.59 rather than the pounds 2.99 she was preparing to pay.

Surrogate grannies help children learn to play

A WEALTH of knowledge and experience is being ignored as the population of Britain grows old, but one scheme is trying to change all that by getting elderly people to become surrogate grandparents.
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