Established in 1975, HelpAge Canada is a non-denominational, non-profit national and international development organisation. It is the only registered charity in Canada dedicated to supporting and promoting older people's rights in Canada and the developing world.
Nationally, they support disadvantaged older people by working with a number of national and local organisations. Internationally, they collaborate with other NGOs to support programmes in 11 countries worldwide. The focus is on healthcare, food aid, emergency assistance, training and sponsorship.
HelpAge Canada supports eyecare for older people in India, community development and humanitarian assistance in Haiti and livelihoods programmes in areas affected by HIV and AIDS in Kenya.
All international programmes are coordinated through local charitable organisations, including the Oblate missionaries, the Salvation Army and the St. Vincent de Paul Society.
In 1983, HelpAge Canada joined HelpAge International as a partner and has been an Affiliate since 2004.
American Association of Retired Persons
Founded in 1958, the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) is a non-profit, non-partisan organisation of 40 million members that supports people aged 50 and over to improve the quality of their lives.
AARP's mission is "to enhance the quality of life for all as we age", to lead social change and deliver value to their members through information and public services. AARP conducts research on ageing issues and publishes major reports on issues affecting older people. Their international programme exchanges ideas and finds solutions to achieving older people's goals of dignity and purpose.
AARP and HelpAge International collaborate on various projects to support older people in developing countries. They have improved access to healthcare in Bolivia and Tanzania and increased the number of people receiving pensions in Bangladesh.
In 1991, AARP joined the HelpAge International network and became an Affiliate in 2004.
Established in 2009, HelpAge USA builds awareness of global ageing issues among US audiences. As a sister of HelpAge International, they work to empower older, vulnerable adults in the developing world.
They also raise funds to support HelpAge international's programmes in various areas, including building resilience in humanitarian disasters and providing support to older people and their families affected by HIV and AIDS.
Other international work includes supporting older people to gain access to benefits such as free healthcare. They have also helped the African Union develop social protection plans, provided small business loans and grants to older people, provided eye care services to 37,000 people in six countries and helped governments introduce social pensions.
HelpAge USA has been a HelpAge Affiliate since 2009. They also take part in the Age Demands Action campaign to raise awareness of older people's needs.