Older Japanese women smiling MrHicks46/FlickrGlobal AgeWatch Index

How are older people faring?

The Global AgeWatch Index measures how well 96 countries are supporting their older populations.

It is based on four domains that are key enablers of older people's wellbeing: income, health, capability and enabling environment.

Norway comes first and, apart from Japan, all top 10 countries are in Western Europe, North America and Australasia. Afghanistan comes bottom.

Find out more about the Global AgeWatch Index.

Older people's rights

Towards a convention

Ageism, discrimination and denial of rights in older age continue to be tolerated across the world. Find out why we are campaigning for a convention on the rights of older people:

Working with older people: Practical guidelines


Download our practical guidelinesDo you work with older people in the developing world? Need practical information on how to tailor programmes to older people's needs?

We have new practical guidelines for programme managers and people working with older people, drawing on experience in the HelpAge network.

Please use the guidelines for your own work, training or as a basis for producing more detailed, locally relevant materials.

The guidelines cover topics including emergencies, HIV and AIDS, rights and advocacy and health and care.