Was 2016 the worst year ever? Not for most people

The past year has inspired feelings of sadness, hopelessness and a lot of soul-searching.
The past year has inspired feelings of sadness, hopelessness and a lot of soul-searching.

Judging from social media, everyone has had a terrible 2016. The year and the collective suffering it has apparently inflicted upon us is fast becoming a cliche. We have all been through the mill equally, the narrative goes, hit by the myriad misfortunes of Brexit, Donald Trump and beloved celebrities dying.

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My mum’s dementia respite care costs the same as a flat in Mayfair

A carer helps a older woman with Alzheimer's disease. Care home places are in high demand and extremely expensive.
A carer helps an older woman with Alzheimer’s disease. Places at homes are in high demand.

My family was recently quoted £2,000 for a week of respite care for my mum, who has early-onset Alzheimer’s disease. Does that sound expensive to you? Here are some things that also cost £2,000. A week’s rent on a two-bedroom apartment in Mayfair, London. A Tag Heuer watch of the type worn by Formula One drivers. Seven days at an all-inclusive luxury resort in Mexico.

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