ADA campaigners in Haiti. (c) HelpAge InternationalCalling for a convention

Petition handover in New York

Nearly 300,000 people worldwide have signed the petition calling for a UN convention on older people's rights. Today, Kenneth Hemley, 73, an activist from Jamaica will hand over the petition at the UN Open-ended Working Group on Ageing. 

Also joining our call for a convention is Archbishop Desmond Tutu. He said: "This is a critical moment to change things and enable everyone to lead dignified lives as equal members of society."

Read more about the petition handover in New York.

Typhoon Haiyan

We've helped 140,000 people on the road to recovery by providing them with food, shelter, cash transfers and psychological support.

Watch Rebecca Rita's story of how we've helped her earn a living again by harvesting rice:

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.

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