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The freedom to decide: what older people say about their rights to autonomy and independence

25 January 2018

"It's the most beautiful thing there is, to be able to do what I want because I feel free. A person without independence would be as good as dead," a 71-year-old woman from Costa Rica told us. Being able to... Keep reading


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)


"They say we have expired": older people explore their experiences of ageism

11 November 2016

This International Day of Older Persons on 1 October 2016, older men and women joined Age Demands Action (ADA) to explore how ageism affects their daily lives and hinders their full potential, using these experiences to demand change in... Keep reading (1 Comment)


Older people stand up to beat diabetes on World Health Day

21 April 2016

"When HelpAge supports us, older people get up, engage with one another and start to believe in themselves," explains the Central Asian Gerontology Center, our Age Demands Action campaign partner in Tajikistan. Age Demands Action is a platform which al Keep reading


East African budgets: Age Demands Action campaign bears fruit

22 June 2015

Our Age Demands Action campaign is bearing fruit if the result of the 2015/16 budgets released recently by the countries of the East African Community is anything to go by. 11 finance ministers of Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda and Burundi... Keep reading

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