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Genocide in Rwanda left many people growing older alone and depressed - social inclusion could be the answer

20 April 2017

More than 20 years on from the 1994 genocide in Rwanda, many of the country's older people continue to be affected by it in new and troubling ways. Hundreds of thousands of people lost relatives or were separated from their... Keep reading (4 Comments)

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5 life lessons from older men and women in Slovenia

03 April 2017

Two weeks ago I went to Slovenia to meet two of HelpAge's campaign partners. While I was there I met with several older men and women from different walks of life. Too often older people are thought of as one... Keep reading

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International Women's Day: when does a woman's age become old?

07 March 2017

One 8 March a couple of years ago, on International Women's Day, my granddaughter Maria Fernanda gave me a flower. She caressed my head and said: "granny, today is the day for us, but since I am young and... Keep reading (3 Comments)

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Human Rights Day: Standing up for older people's rights today and every day

09 December 2016

This year, to mark Human Rights Day on 10 December, the UN is calling on us all to stand up for someone's rights. This is important. But when millions of people around the world are denied their rights every... Keep reading

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Intergenerational solidarity is helping tackle ageism in Nigeria

21 November 2016

In my country Nigeria, older people are discriminated against on a daily basis. Many people want nothing to do with them. They are considered an economic burden that has no value in society. In Calabar, Benin City and some other... Keep reading (18 Comments)

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