Older people’s stories

Our collection of older people’s life stories captures 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.

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Ekaterina, 70, from Voznesensk, Ukraine

Ekaterina arrived in Moldova along with thousands of other refugees fleeing the war in Ukraine. Having just crossed the border, she shares her experience.

Munira Al-Madhoun, 67, Gaza

Munira, 67, lives in Gaza and faces daily challenges due to her disability. Her situation is exacerbated by exposure to bombardments and poor access to services.

Ekaterina, 70, Ukraine

I am a widow. I was born in this village and worked first as a nurse and then as a midwife until I retired.

Olga, 71, Ukraine

I am 71. I live in a village located five kilometres from the contact line. I have been a widow for 14 years. I live alone in a small house. I have a son, a grandson, a granddaughter and two great-grandchildren, they all live in the uncontrolled territory of Ukraine.

Lydia, 86, Ukraine

I am a widow, I live alone. My daughter lives in another city, she visits me sometimes, to help me around the house and in the yard.