Supporting older people in Ukraine

Older people of Ukraine are in desperate need of humanitarian support.

As a result of the Russian invasion, the lives of millions of older people are at risk. They are in danger of being displaced by the conflict, denied access to essential services – like health or pensions – or forced to flee to neighbouring countries. Those unable to move are often abandoned in war-torn areas.

Consider these statistics:

  •   8.9 million people in Ukraine – 24 per cent of the population – are over 60.
  • More than half said the war had harmed their mental health.
  • 44 per cent of people over 70 live alone.

HelpAge staff and volunteers provide humanitarian assistance to older people of Ukraine both within the country and abroad. We bring food, medicine, and hygiene supplies for older people, their families, and communities.

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Film - The Light in the Darkness

Made in Ukraine, filmed by and featuring only Ukrainians, this film captures the spirit, resilience and love forged in a country at war. For many thousands caught up in this terror, older people have been a light in the darkness.