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SURVEY FINDS HALF OF OVER 80S STRUGGLE TO AFFORD COMMUNITY CARE

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A quarter of people aged over 80 worry about being able to afford to eat and half live on less than£80 a week, acc...
A quarter of people aged over 80 worry about being able to afford to eat and half live on less than£80 a week, according to a university study reported in The Guardian (p10).

Researchers at Keele University also found that of those receiving community care such as meals on wheels or nursing, half of the respondents had difficulties paying and a fifth had to stop using services.

Nine out of ten said they enjoyed retirement, but report co-author Alisoun Milne said: 'There are significant numbers of people who for a sustained period of time are living on a very low income - and we're not paying enough attention to that in policy terms.'

Women who had outlived husbands represented most of the over 80s single households.

The survey was compiled from 1,317 readers of pensioners magazine Yours, and is published tomorrow.
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