Ageing in the media: A glimmer of
BBC Online has a photogallery of the work of Glenna Gordan, a photographer whose work we really admire.
Her pictures entitled "Aging Alone", show the residents of the King George care home in Sierra Leone.
She describes them "lounging about on the porches of their buildings, or using broken down wheel chairs as lawn chairs, living quiet and sparse lives. Some residents have found solace in each other, with afternoons shared listening to the radio or chatting in Krio, Mende or Temne, some of the local dialects."
Though nursing and care homes are not common sights across Africa, as the continent faces a growing older population, who knows what the future holds.
As younger generations continue to move to urban areas, who will be left behind to care for their older relatives?
The BBC photogallery gives little room to context or to explaining the pictures so here are the photos explained by Glenna herself.
A glimmer of "age helps"?
But after my last rather bleak blog on media coverage of older people's issues across the world, I'm determined to track down those positive stories, stories of active older people, stories that emphasise HelpAge's core message that "age helps".
Yes! Here's one!
The Telegraph reports on a new scheme in Delhi that will provide pensions to the city's older eunuchs. It is older eunuchs who most need the help according to the city's administration, as their earning potential is very low. The city's new hardship pension fund will support older people, and those widowed, disabled and divorced.
"It's more of a symbolic gesture than an actual help, but certainly it will give them a sense of being a part of society and help them rehabilitate," said MCD (Municipal Corporation of Delhi) spokesman Deep Mathur.
Rehabilitate? I suspect there's more to this story than meets the eye.
So the search for a positive global news story about older people continues.
If you spot anything please do let me know. Email examples to firstname.lastname@example.org