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Dementia affects half of Scottish Care Home residents

New figures suggest that half of all Scottish care home residents suffer from dementia. Around 16,000 Scots were diagnosed as having the illness in 2011 – a rise of two thirds in under a decade. Official figures show that the disease already afflicts around 82,000 Scots and ...

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Fraudsters target Sussex elderly

Telephone fraudsters claiming to be from fictional Government Departments have been  targeting elderly people in West Sussex. The scammers claim their elderly victims are owed thousands of pounds and ask for money to cover ‘administration’ costs. Sussex Police said a number people had alrea...

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World Elder Abuse Awareness Day 2012

June 15th will be World Elder Abuse Awareness Day 2012. Action on Elder Abuse estimates around nine per cent of elderly people experience some kind of abuse within either the familial or the care setting, including physical, psychological, financial and sexual, largely resulting from dependency, pov...

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Fans avoid Emmerdale star after elder abuse storyline

Fans of television soap Emmerdale have taken to avoiding actor John Middleton as a result of an elder abuse storyline on the show. The actor, plays vicar Ashley Thomas who has been mistreating his elderly father. Middleton said he hopes the storyline will encourage people in the same situation as h...

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Disabled access smartphone app launched

Pinpointing cafes, libraries, parking facilities and other services with disabled access just got easier following the launch of a new smartphone application. The free ‘My Disabled Go’ app was designed by disabled rights charity Disabled Go, in partnership with London local authorities and commu...

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Trio jailed for attack on disabled man

A Teesside Judge has jailed three young men who attacked a disabled man in his home. Metin Ucarcan, 19, and Mark Todd, 18, were sentenced to six years and Stevie O'Neill, 22, to five years following a terrifying raid last September. Ucarcan and Todd burst into the Darlington home of a vulnerable 59-...

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Mental health experts at A&E

Psychiatrists will be working at North Staffordshire's Accident & Emergency to identify and help patients whose illness could be as a result of a mental health problem. The aim is to ensure people who may have tried to harm themselves by taking an overdose do not leave hospital without being off...

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Plan for older drivers needed

With the number of older drivers rising, a national plan for elderly drivers is vital, says a parliamentary advisory body. A report from the Parliamentary Advisory Council for Transport Safety (Pacts) found numbers of people killed or seriously injured on the roads have fallen far more slowly among ...

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Disabled people to lose jobs under proposed Remploy factory closures

More than 1700 workers, including 1518 disabled people, may lose their jobs if plans to close 36 of Remploy’s 54 factories go ahead.The firm's factories at Bridgend, Bolton, Bristol, Leeds, Manchester, Poole and Swansea are among those at risk. Remploy is a Government-owned and subsidised compan...

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