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Patients and doctors were conspicuous in their absence

Leading article: A society lacking in humanity

It is not enough to be shocked at the report by the Health Service Ombudsman into the care of old people in Britain's hospitals, which found thousands of examples of patients who were left hungry, thirsty, unwashed, in soiled clothes, and without adequate pain relief. We have had report after report, and platitude after platitude in official responses, but nothing seems to change. Why? It is not a question of money. New Labour has pumped billions in extra resources into healthcare.

Video: Hero carer slows runaway wheelchair

A Chinese carer has been badly injured after clinging on to a patient's wheelchair as it plunged down a shop travelator.

Minister promises new checks on elderly care

The ordeal faced by the grandmother of the Independent columnist Johann Hari as she was shunted between residential homes over 10 years was condemned as appalling last night by the Care Services minister.

Leading article: Older people deserve much better

We led yesterday's Independent with Johann Hari's harrowing account of his grandmother's 10-year peregrination through what passes for a care home system.

102-year-old man held on DNA database

A man who is 102-years old is the oldest person to have his DNA stored on the national database.

A warm front: The truth about your front garden

The best way to get to know the people down your street is to get working on that patch just outside your door, says Emma Townshend

Webcast- Safe, warm and well: Top tips for winter

In our live webTV show Arlene Phillips and Ian Scott from charity WRVS offer advice for helping your elderly relatives and neighbours through the winter months.

Carers could earn 'credits' towards own future care

A scheme allowing people who help the elderly or disabled to earn time credits for their own care later in life is being considered by ministers, it emerged today.

Elderly meals get healthy dose of nutrition advice

The quality of meals served to old people is set to improve – at least that is the aim of guidelines published today. They advise how many calories each meal should contain as well as advice on key ingredients, such as fruit and vegetables, salads and protein.

On Ageing, Young Vic, London

Plenty of children in theatre are played by 25-year-old actors trying to look naive.

Hundreds of care residents abused

Hundreds of elderly people and younger adults with disabilities may have been abused or put at risk by inadequate care homes and agencies, a regulator has warned.

Duck eggs linked to salmonella

Duck eggs are suspected of causing an outbreak of salmonella which has struck down dozens of people and may have killed a pensioner.

Revealed: why risk of infertility and birth defects rises with age

Study pins blame on declining protein levels

Knocked for Six's notes from the Underground

Whether you are shoved up against someone's armpit or stuck next to a touchy-feely couple, there is nowhere quite like the tube for being up close and personal. Now Knocked for Six, a writing collective who met last year on the Royal Court's Unheard Voices programme, have turned their tube experiences into an evening of short plays entitled End of the Line: Tales on the Tube.

Falls suffered by elderly cost £4.6m a day

Falls among elderly people cost the NHS more than £4.6m a day, new analysis has found. About 3.4 million people over the age of 65 fall each year in the UK – or almost one in three. Almost half of all falls are among the over-80s, half of whom fall again in the following year.

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Some hotels go all out on facilities; others stand out for the sheer quality of treatments
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