Rights abuses: Older people speak out
Older people across the globe talk about age discrimination, rights abuses and the issues that matter to them.
Click on the images below to hear what they have to say.
Wasiti on work
Wasiti, Fiji: Retired but not tired
Wasiti was forced to retire at 55, even though she feels she still has so much to contribute.
HelpAge believes that decent work is a fundamental human right. However, older people who still wish to work are often forced into retirement or discriminated against because of their age.
We are campaigning for legislation against age discrimination, and want mandatory retirement laws scrapped.
Play the video to hear what Wasiti has to say.
If you agree that people shouldn't be forced out of a job because of their age, sign our Age Demands Action petition.
Serena on violence
Serena, Mozambique: Beaten for being older
Serena is repeatedly persecuted and beaten because she is an older women. People think she is witch and that she eats children.
HelpAge will not stand by and watch this happen. Older people have the same human rights as everyone else. Freedom from violence is one of them.
We are fighting for the rights of older men and women to be better protected by national and international law.
Watch the video to hear what Serena has to say.
To take a stand against violence like this, sign our petition for older people's rights.
Richard on abuse
Richard, Kenya: "My house was destroyed."
Richard's house was destroyed by a mob who accused his wife of being a witch. No-one has been brought to justice. All because they are old.
At HelpAge, we are working to stop this from happening.
We work with communities to change people's attitudes towards older people, as well as ensuring that governments put in place laws and policies to better protect older people.
Watch the video to hear what Richard has to say.
To stand up for the rights of older people like Richard, sign our Age Demands Action petition.
Raira on pensions
Raira, Kyrgyzstan: "I can't pay my bills."
Raira says: "Even those in Kyrgyzstan lucky enough to have pensions cannot afford basic living expenses."
A decent pension could help people like Raira pay her bills. In the long term, pensions can change the lives of entire families, as they are often invested in education and business.
That's why we share our expertise with governments to help them design and implement pension schemes.
Watch the video to hear what Raira has to say.
If you think older people deserve a decent pension, sign our Age Demands Action petition.
Find out what we're doing to secure a pension for older people in developing countries.
Maria on Rights
Maria, Philippines: Speaking out
Maria believes older people could do so much for their communities if they had more support.
We couldn't agree more. We work to support older people around the world so their invaluable contribution to society as carers, educators and mediators is recognised.
Watch the video to hear what Maria has to say.
If you agree, add your voice to Maria's by signing our Age Demands Action petition.
Leonardo on work
Leonardo, Peru: Trying to make ends meet
Leonardo works all day in the fields yet he barely earns enough to support his family.
We strive to secure better working conditions and legislation to protect older workers. We also want older people to be included in education and training programmes and credit schemes, so that older people like Leonardo won't have to struggle anymore.
Watch the video to hear what Leonardo has to say.
If you think older people deserve better than this, sign our Age Demands Action petition.
Kenneth on pensions
Kenneth, Jamaica: Talking about P-E-N-S-I-O-N-S
Kenneth wants his government to punish employers who steal their workers' pensions.
We work to empower older people like Kenneth to become strong and confident enough to voice their own demands for the pensions, benefits and healthcare they are entitled to.
Watch the video to hear what Kenneth has to say.
If you agree, sign our Age Demands Action petition.
Irma on discrimination
Irma, Peru: Discriminated against
Irma is discriminated against because of where she comes from.
We believe that existing human rights mechanisms do not adequately protect the rights of older women and men. We are tirelessly working for and with older people to get their rights recognised.
Watch the video to hear what Irma has to say.
To stand up against discrimination, sign our Age Demands Action petition.
Dorothy on health
Dorothy, UK: Fighting for her right to healthcare
Dorothy had to fight to get a bone scan just because she is over 80.
By 2050, people aged over 60 will outnumber those under 14. As the global population ages we will face many major health challenges, including an increase of chronic diseases among the older generation.
HelpAge is working to improve access to age-friendly health services for older people.
Watch the video to hear what Dorothy has to say.
If you believe in the right to decent, free healthcare regardless of age, sign our Age Demands Action petition.
Dhala on discrimination
Dhala, Bangladesh: Refused a pension
Dhala has been refused a pension because he is a snake charmer.
The basis of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights is that "all human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights".
This right to freedom, equality and dignity does not change in old age. HelpAge works to stop discrimination based on age and the violation of older people's human rights.
Watch the video to hear what Dhala has to say.
Help us fight this kind of discrimination. Sign our Age Demands Action petition.
Anwarra on health
Anwarra, Bangladesh: Too old for healthcare?
Anwarra has been refused healthcare because she is old and poor.
As populations age worldwide the care burden will grow enormously. We are working to prevent this happening by ensuring that older people are included in health financing and have the access to the healthcare they deserve.
Watch the video to hear what Anwarra has to say.
Find what happened to Anwarra unacceptable? Sign our Age Demands Action petition.