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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


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

Global AgeWatch Index 2015

Today (Wednesday 9 September 2015), HelpAge International is launching the Global AgeWatch Index 2015, ranking 96 countries according to the social and economic wellbeing of older people. The Index represents 91 per cent of people aged 60 and over, some 901 million people, measuring the wellbeing of older people in four key areas: income security, […] Read more

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day 2015

Older people say that they are being subjected to abuse and discrimination because of their age, according to a report by the Global Alliance for the Rights of Older People (GAROP). Today, (15 June) Age Demands Action campaigners in 40 countries, will bring attention to elder abuse and the importance of a new UN convention […] Read more