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.

Not only the poor, but also the lonely Loneliness of the long- living

IN HIS DIARY, George Morris records in neat capital letters the minutiae of daily life: the weather, the telephone calls he received, what he ate for lunch. The letter "L", with a circle around it, appears frequently in the closely written pages. "L" stand for loneliness.

Independent Christmas Appeal

IN THIS year's Independent Christmas Appeal, we ask you to support three charities helping older people. To highlight their work we will be publishing a series of articles offering insight into the opportunities, difficulties and dangers of old age.

Watchdogs to check on all care cases

NATIONAL STANDARDS and tough inspection processes will be introduced to protect vulnerable children and old people cared for by social services, the Government announced yesterday.

How lo-fi can you go?

Kate Winslet serves her wedding guests bangers and mash, Meg Mathews swears she wears Gap, not Gucci. Even Joanna Lumley buys second-hand shoes for royal birthday parties. For fad's sake, what's going on? By Emma Cook

Football: New order meets age concern

FIRST NIGHT: frank rijkaard AND ericH ribbeck: Holland turned to youth, Germany to experience. Andrew Longmore examines the after-effects

Age prejudice `costs Britain pounds 26bn a year'

Employment rights: Four million older workers are out of jobs, and the skills of millions more are under-used

Where there's a will, there's a free, easy way

It's important to make a will, and this month solicitors are offering to do it for no charge.

The town with bad memories

Thirty-two years after the Moors murders, Hyde is stunned by another police investigation, now Europe's largest.

Arts: Meet the new Les Dawson

A year ago Peter Kay was tearing cinema ticket stubs. Now he has his own spot on television. Where does he get his material? It's all around him. All he needs is a notebook and a keen sense of the ridiculous.

Breadline Britain: 65 years in the working very hard classes

STANLEY BALDWIN was prime minister and Britain was being paralysed by the general strike of 1926 when Pheobe Austen moved with her parents to the village of Hoath in Kent. The 78-year-old widow still lives there now, her tiny council bungalow fronted by a little garden featuring gnomes and flowers which she still tends, "whenever my back lets me".

Patients remain loyal to doctor in murder case

Sophie Goodchild reports from the small town stunned by the news that another 90 deaths may be investigated

Letter: Pensioners ignored

Pensioners ignored

An actress in her prime

It's official. At 54, Francesca Annis is still the sexiest woman on TV

Pay now, get buried later

Pre-paid plans ensure that you get tomorrow's service at today's prices, writes Sarah Jagger

You're never too young to be old

How does it feel to be old? Twenty-five-year-old Alex Hayes put on goggles, ear plugs and a helpless manner and went to find out
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