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Campaigning in Kyrgyzstan: "No matter what, we are not going to stop and remain silent"

06 March 2018

Svetlana Bashtovenko, director of Resource Center for Elderly, a HelpAge global network member, is one of the most influential activists and experts in the field of ageing in Kyrgyzstan. We talked with Svetlana about the situation older people face... Keep reading

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As rural Serbia depopulates, what is the impact on the older people left behind?

20 January 2017

As people of working age are drawn to towns and cities across Serbia by the availability of work, family structures are shifting, and older people are left behind in rural areas, often isolated and forgotten. Aware of the difficulties older... Keep reading

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Where refugee camps are 'settlements': the older people fleeing South Sudan for Uganda

19 April 2016

The dust gets everywhere. Even with all of the car windows closed for the entire ten-hour journey, we are all covered in fine, red dust as we clamber out of the vehicle into the sweltering heat of the refugee... Keep reading

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Zanzibar: Celebrating a new pension and the life of Bi Kidude

15 April 2016

Zanzibar will make history today as it becomes the first country in East Africa to provide a state-funded universal pension for older people. As a result of this groundbreaking move, the country's men and women over 70 will receive a... Keep reading

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Financial abuse the biggest risk for Serbia's older people

15 January 2016

Serbia's older population is subjected to various forms of abuse, including violence, neglect or psychological harm, yet it is financial exploitation that is most common, the new United Nations Population Fund-supported report Well-kept family secret: e Keep reading

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