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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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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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4 key outcomes from the seventh Open-ended Working Group on Ageing

23 December 2016

What is the Open-ended Working Group on Ageing (OEWG)? It is the only UN process that is solely dedicated to promoting the human rights of older people. Existing treaties do not adequately protect these rights, and the OEWG is... Keep reading

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Older people are making noise, will they be heard?

21 December 2016

In Nepal, HelpAge International and its partners continue to respond to the earthquake that devastated the country in April 2015. We are working across 25 villages in five districts of the country, reaching out to 10,000 older people to ensure... Keep reading

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