Gimme Shelter

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Duration: 30 minutes

Panorama reports on the frail and elderly people on the warpath, claiming that a promise made to them has been broken. They live in sheltered housing with a residential warden, but the warden is being taken away. Up and down the country, old people have been taking to the streets in protest, as well as threatening legal action, to save their wardens.

  • How cutting edge kit helps the elderly

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    Panorama reporter Vivian White meets Alison Williams from Tunstall Healthcare to look at new technology that aims to make sheltered housing safer.

  • Fred O'Donnell: Back into battle

    An 89-year-old veteran takes to the streets to protest the removal of residential wardens in sheltered housing.

    Read Fred's story
  • Why elderly residents are fighting back

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    Panorama reporter Vivian White talks to Joe Oldman from Help the Aged and Age Concern about how some elderly people feel they are being patronised by those running new schemes in sheltered homes.

  • Archive: Growing old in 1961

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    Concerns about housing and care for the elderly - and ensuring that they are treated with dignity - are nothing new, as this June 1961 report from Panorama shows.

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Vivian White
Jeremy Vine
Carl Johnston


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