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Jeremy Clarke retreats to an old people's home, but finds it far from restful

By Jeremy Clarke   May 1996

Most of the time I live in a residential home for the elderly. Some people might think that at 39 I am a little young to be availing myself of the country’s dwindling health care facilities for the aged, so I hasten to add that I make myself quite useful about the place, principally by helping my fellow residents to stand up again when they fall over. There are nine of us altogether, with a combined age of 789. For physical or psychological reasons, three choose to remain in their rooms; and one leads a hectic social life and is…

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