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Study reveals independence hopes for future
ALMOST two out of three people over the age of 40 want to live independently as they get older according to a study. 
The research by Years Ahead also found that only one in five would choose assisted living or residential care, while the number of people under the age of 60 reporting difficulties with mobility or household chores were far higher than expected, with 40 per cent between 40 and 60 years old.  
But with few products available on the high street or mainstream retailers actively marketing to the 20 million people aged 50 plus, there is little awareness among consumers that life could be much easier with the right solutions.

Compensation for residents over abuse
A LOCAL authority has paid compensation to two residents after being found guilty of failing to stop persistent abuse at their sheltered housing scheme. 
Local government ombudsman Anne Seex said South Tyneside Metropolitan Borough Council failed to respond to serious complaints made by two elderly residents about a warden's behaviour. 
In her report she says the council's failures meant that the complainants suffered 'harassment and fear whilst living in what should have been a supportive environment' and were forced to move away from their home town.
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