Over-50s social website Saga Zone is shut down over ‘racist, homophobic and offensive’ comments Saga Zone will shut down its social network site completely on February 26Users say they will lose a vital lifeline when the website is closed By Larisa Brown PUBLISHED: 12:20 GMT, 6 February 2013 | UPDATED: 16:04 GMT, 6 February 2013 It is a social website considered to be a lifeline for elderly people who live at home on their own and find comfort in talking to others over the internet. But over-50s group Saga has been forced to shut its network site down because it cannot 'afford' the man power to police 'offensive' comments.
Middle class care bill fiasco: PM backed 35,000 cap on fees… now elderly couples face paying as much as 150,000Couples could face 150,000 care bill under new plansCameron initially backed 35,000 contribution cap, now it could be 75,000Older people face selling their homes to cover costs | UPDATED: 02:44 GMT, 26 December 2012 Support: Prime Minister David Cameron initially backed setting the contribution cap for people who need residential care at 35,000
One in ten elderly forced to sell or downsize their home to make ends meetStaggering amount of people forced to sell their property to make ends meetBritons are also pushing back the age they expect to retire PUBLISHED: 23:37 GMT, 25 December 2012 | UPDATED: 23:37 GMT, 25 December 2012 One in ten pensioners in Britain has sold or downsized their home to help make ends meet, according to research. Cash-strapped Britons are reassessing their retirement plans because of the state of the economy, according to a survey of 1,000 adults in 12 European countries, which found that more people in this country are planning to use their property to fund their pension than in most other European nations. They are also reconsidering the age at which they will stop working, with an average delay of five years
More than one million pensioners are just 200 away from going into debt | UPDATED: 18:49 GMT, 23 December 2012 Receiving a surprise bill of just 200 would be enough to push more than a million pensioners into debt, a charity warned last night. A study by Age UK has found that the combination of rising fuel bills and plummeting savings is taking its toll on older people.
Lloyds TSB bans staff from selling bank accounts with monthly fees 'after fears they were mis-sold to customers' | UPDATED: 02:04 GMT, 20 December 2012 Britain’s biggest bank Lloyds TSB is to stop providing lucrative paid-for current accounts following a crackdown by the City watchdog. Branch managers were told yesterday they would have to temporarily pull the plug on sales of packaged accounts which cost up to customers 300 a year. These deals are a rich source of profit for banks
The battle against Alzheimer's starts at school age: Research pinpoints three key stages that help keep disease at bay A person's education, their working life, and their social life in later years all play a role in keeping the mind sharper for longerPeople who were more mentally active found to have a lower risk of developing memory problems in old age, according to study | UPDATED: 07:55 GMT, 13 December 2012 It is often dismissed as a disease of old age. But the fight against Alzheimer’s could start at school and last for life