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International Federation on Ageing Conference – 21-23 June

Disaster risk reduction and responses must protect older people, says HelpAge International. Older people are among those worst affected by disasters and more must be done to protect them, according to HelpAge International. “Older people are often more vulnerable to disasters”, said Clare Harris, Senior Disaster Risk Reduction and Resilience Adviser at HelpAge International. “As […] Read more

UN World Elder Abuse Awareness day – Wednesday 15 June

Older people are campaigning for the right to be free from violence and abuse under international law on this World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. (Wednesday 15 June) Studies show instances of elder abuse are widespread.[1] In Cambodia, Chet Khub, 65 years old, was living with her daughter who has HIV and she experienced all forms […] Read more

Older people join global campaign to raise awareness of growing prevalence of diabetes

Older activists across East Asia and the Pacific region, from Mongolia to the Philippines, will today join a global campaign calling for the increasing prevalence of diabetes to be tackled through screening, testing, treatment and education. The actions, taking place on World Health Day, are part of HelpAge International’s Age Demands Action campaign mobilising older […] Read more

Rebuilding house, rebuilding hope

Nguyen Thi Thanh is 73 years old and suffers from Neurofibromatosis, a genetic condition which causes growth of tumours. She has lived alone in a remote area of Vietnam since her husband passed away 18 years ago. Thanh has three daughters, and like so many others living in rural areas, two of her children have […] Read more

Social pension makes father of six happy

U Khin Nyein, 82, who suffers from hypertension, is a father of six children. He and his 73-year-old wife live in Chaung Dwin Village, Pyapon Township of the Ayeyarwaddy Region. They have to stay in one child’s  house, then move to another’s in the same village, so as not to burden any one for too […] Read more

Seniors fulfill their dreams while knowing their rights

In Banthi district, in the province of Lamphun in northern Thailand, a special volunteer group is promoting the rights of older people. In cooperation with the Banthi district Older People’s Association (OPA), the ‘Older People’s Rights Promotion’ volunteer team of Banthi is holding workshop style meetings in villages to educate older people about thirteen critical […] Read more


Older people in more than 50 countries will come together on the International Day of Older Persons (Thursday 1 October) to celebrate ageing and draw attention to the issues they face. Among the actions planned, campaigners will be sheltering under umbrellas to symbolise the protection of their rights. The actions are part of HelpAge International’s […] Read more

Sustainable Development agenda must respond to the global phenomenon of population ageing

When the new Sustainable Development Goals are adopted at this year’s UN General Assembly, governments must respond to the global phenomenon of population ageing, and support women and men as they age. “This summit is not business as usual,” said Toby Porter, Chief Executive of HelpAge International. “The Global Goals to be agreed this coming […] Read more