Weekly news round up – 16 Dec 2011

It’s been a busy week for news stories affecting older people in Scotland and further afield. Read on for our round up, with planned changes in Scottish health and social care, cold weather and a re-vamp of care home ratings.

Money

  • Pensioners left in the cold with money worries – Mirror
  • Price wars help push inflation down – MoneySavingExpert 
  • Homes in Highlands to receive cold weather payments – STV News
  • Scots plastic surgeon leaves legacy to Age Scotland in her will – Daily Record

Politics

  • Age Scotland responds to Scottish Government plans on health and social care – Age Scotland 

Crime 

  • Man, 85, conned by bogus council workers – BBC News
  • Elderly residents evacuated from care home after blaze ignited by serial fire-starter – STV News
  • Con artists are targeting ‘dementia sufferers’ – BBC News
  • Thousands of pounds stolen from 80 year old’s home in Aberdeen – STV News

Health

  • Cash injection to see overnight home care in Edinburgh double – STV Edinburgh
  • Ageing is not something to be defied – Guardian
  • Alzheimer’s Disease could be detected with a blood test – Telegraph
  • Trip Advisor style ratings system to be introduced to care homes south of the border – Telegraph

Something for the weekend

  • I might be 107, but I can still reach for the Skype – Yorkshire Post
  • Age Scotland Galashiels charity shop appeals for stock donations – S1 Galashiels

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