Life stories

Our collection of older people's life stories capture the strength and resilience behind a lifetime of experience. 

Through these stories, older people are speaking out and we're listening. Read what they have to say and discover their hopes, challenges and contributions.

HIV and AIDS

Van Quang and Thi Tu care for their son who is HIV positive.

Read life stories about older people coping with HIV and AIDS.

Emergencies

Mahbud, 69 and his son Hisham, 52 now live in Zaatari camp in Jordan. Mahbud is partially paralysed and cannot chew the food provided in the camp. (c) Amandine Allaire/HelpAge International

Read more life stories about older people in emergencies.

Rights

Meher, 95, from Bangladesh had no idea she was entitled to a pension.

Read more life stories about older people accessing their rights.

Work and pensions

Tubakwera, 58, from Uganda has seven grandchildren to support.

Read life stories about older people getting decent work and pensions.

Health

Lipi, 62, received free healthcare from a HelpAge clinic (c) Mayur Paul/HelpAge International

Read life stories about older people's health.

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