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More than wishing: Why Iím advocating for older people's rights

16 Nov 2012

The contributions older people make to society should be recognised.There are many things I wish for in the world:

  • I wish I could help every older person in need in the world.
  • I wish everyone would see the needs of older people in their world - near and far.
  • I wish our society would value older people and view them as a gift, not a burden.

Urgent action needed

If we really want to see change, we have to do more than wish for things though. We have to act. That's why I'm grateful for the champions of HelpAge International; the volunteers, advocates and professionals who are the boots-on-the-ground individuals advancing older people's rights all over the globe.

I'm proud to be a part of their network, doing what I can to raise awareness about issues concerning older people, and speaking up on behalf of those who cannot always do so for themselves.

Still more work to do

The work ahead of us may be difficult, but the steps to building a global community that supports older people are small and simple.

Many of these steps can be taken virtually; you don't even have to leave your living room to advocate for older people in Africa, Australia, Asia and beyond.

Here's what I've done to demonstrate my commitment to older people around the world:

  • I've shared information on Facebook, Twitter and other social media channels.
  • I've invited others to sign the Make it Ageless petition, calling on the EU to include older people in their development policymaking and programmes.
  • I've written several articles highlighting the work of HelpAge for the SeniorsforLiving.com blog.
  • I've engaged fellow advocates in discussions about solutions for the present and future of care for older people.

Will you join me? "The right to be heard is timeless," so get involved today by signing the Make it Ageless petition or even becoming a campaign champion.

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Michelle Seitzer
Country: United States
Job title: Senior Blogger, Seniors for Living

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