Older people in the Philippines take part in disaster risk reduction activities. (c) Artemio Andaya/COSEDisaster Risk Reduction Day

Focus on older people

This International Day for Disaster Reduction, 13 October, we joined forces with the UN to ensure older people are involved in disaster management.

As such, we're asking governments to sign up to a Charter committing them to include older people in disaster risk reduction planning.

Events are also taking place across the world to highlight older people’s contributions in protecting their communities from disasters.

Find out more about IDDR.

International Day for Disaster Reduction

Older people and their contributions to disaster reduction

Watch our film about working with older farmers and communities in Jamaica to protect them from the impacts of natural disasters.

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.

Global AgeWatch Index 2014

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