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Over 65s worried sick

20th May 2008

A poll carried out for Help the Aged has found one in four elderly people are so concerned about what will happen to them in the future that "they are making themselves ill".


The survey, called Spotlight 2008, was run by by ICM, who interviewed 1,001 people in Britain aged over 65 by telephone.

It revealed that over half (53%) said that age discrimination was part of their everyday existence. One in 10 respondents said they were "often lonely".

21% of over-65s were existing below the poverty line and almost one quarter (23%) reported that they avoided heating their living areas because of money troubles.

29% agreed with the idea that people in the health professions treated elderly people as "a nuisance".

However, the poll showed that increasing numbers of older people were using the internet and more were taking advantage of discounted or free public transport services.

Help the Aged called for the government to act to help the situation of elderly people who are neglected or live in poverty.

Paul Cann, director of policy and external relations at Help the Aged, said: "It's appalling that we live in a society where older people feel sick with worry about the future."

"The government must ease their concerns by banning the ageism that continually sinks its poison right into the heart of our society."

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