What we do

HelpAge helps older people claim their rights, challenge discrimination and overcome poverty, so that they can lead dignified, secure, active and healthy lives.

In the past year, we have reached 1.5 million of the world’s vulnerable older people and their families, including improving pension schemes in 14 countries and supporting 250,000 older people in accessing health services. Read more about our achievements.

We work to address the following issues that affect older people worldwide:

DRR and climate change

We're listening to older people's advice on dealing with shocks and stresses, and getting their voices heard. Read more about our work on disaster risk reduction (DRR) and climate change adaptation.


Older people are one of the most vulnerable groups in emergencies, and they have particular needs. We're getting older people included in humanitarian relief efforts.

Health and care

An older person in indonesia gets a health check. (c) HelpAge International.

Older people need appropriate and affordable healthcare, and governments need to prepare for an ageing population. Find out what we're doing to improve older people's health.


We support older people affected by HIV and AIDS - either as carers or as people living with HIV. Read more about our work to mitigate the impact of HIV and AIDS.


We're demanding action to protect older people's rights and helping them access their entitlements.

Social protection

We're making people's right to a secure income in old age a reality. Read more about our social protection work.


Access to decent work is a fundamental human right. Find out how we're improving working life for older people in developing countries.


Find out more about HelpAge`s role in the post-2015 process

What happens after the Millennium Development Goals expire in 2015? Find out how we are making sure older people are included in the post-2015 development framework.