Age UK believe around 400,000 older people are worried about being left alone over the holidays and - while charities work to bring them festive cheer - some still face a Christmas of isolation. Andy Dickenson reports.
The relatives of elderly residents, who died as a result of neglect at a care home in Sussex, say that lessons still need to be learned from their terrible experience.
A damning report this summer into what was happening at Orchid View at Copthorne near Crawley between 2009 - 2011 found it was riddled with institutionalised abuse, mismanaged and understaffed.
Nineteen patients died at the home - five as a direct result of neglect. West Sussex County Council promised immediate action. But, as Malcolm Shaw reports, the families of those who died still have serious concerns:
Sussex residents are urged to spread kindness in the community in a bid to tackle the critical issue of loneliness amongst older people.Read the full story ›
A care home is at the centre of a murder investigation following the death of a 96-year-old woman resident.
Detectives said that they were treating the death of elderly Ethel Baldwin at the Abbey House Care Home, as suspicious. Today a 36-year-old woman was being held in the police cells after being arrested on suspicion of murder.
The investigation was launched after Ethel died at the home in Netley Abbey, Hants., on 13 September.
A post mortem examination examination was carried out on Tuesday.
Police are hunting a con man who tricked his way into a pensioner's home and stole her purse.
The incident happened when the man called at an 85-year-old woman's house in Houghton, near Stockbridge on May 3.
He claimed that the woman had a rat infestation in her garden and told her he could get rid of the problem
After she agreed and paid the man, he called her into the garden to check his work and left.
The victim then realised her purse, which contained about £150, was missing.
The man is described as white, aged about 35 and about 5ft 4ins tall.
He had dark brown neat hair and blue eyes.
Anyone with information is asked to contact PC Cox at Andover Police Station on 101.
This is a despicable crime against an elderly lady. Please contact me if you have any information.
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An elderly woman has been robbed in Portsmouth while she was out doing her shopping.
The 86-year-old was walking home from a local shop in Southsea when a man on a bicycle stole her purse, which she was holding in her hand.
The purse contained £30 in cash and her house key. The woman was unable to get into her house. She was not injured but left shaken. It happened at the junction of Devonshire Avenue and Prince Albert Road between 9am and 9.50am on Saturday, July 14, 2012.
A suspect was described as: White, aged in his 20s, wearing a blue jacket and a baseball cap. Witnesses or anyone with information are asked to contact Detective Constable Stephen Ryan at Fratton police station by phoning 101. Mini-com users can phone 01962 875000 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
Ministers have indicated that a cap on care costs for the elderly could be set as high as a hundred thousand pounds.Read the full story ›