HelpAge Canada is thrilled to announce the appointment of its new Executive Director: Gregor Sneddon, BBA, BTh, MPTh, MATh. Gregor is passionate about working with the vulnerable and the marginalized, the poor, and the elderly. He comes to us after serving in ordained ministry with the Anglican Church of Canada. Gregor worked as a chaplain with the homeless or those at risk of homelessness and…

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1 October 2016: Take a stand against ageism! The theme for International Day of Older Persons this year is ‘Take a stand against ageism’. We live in a world where people are denied their rights, simply because of their age. This must change! Age Demands Action campaigners across the world are taking a stand by…

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Elder abuse occurs in every country in the world but unfortunately with little government action. Less than a third of governments worldwide have implemented any sort of strategy to detect, educate or combat elder abuse. Currently no international human rights standards or conventions on freedom from abuse in older age are in place. According to…

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HelpAge International has welcomed the WHO’s new action plan on ageing and health, calling on countries to promote healthy lives for older people. The Global Strategy and Action Plan on Ageing and Health, endorsed by UN Member States at the World Health Assembly in Geneva yesterday (Thursday May 26),outlines the actions neededto ensure people everywhere can…

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Overlooked and misunderstood: older people speak about their experiences of conflict A new HelpAge International survey of 300 older refugees fleeing from conflict in Syria, Ukraine and South Sudan found evidence of neglect, poor health provision and feelings of isolation and fear. The survey conducted at the end of 2015 offered older people the space…

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On April 7, World Health Day, HelpAge International is working around the world to raise awareness of the increasing prevalence of type 2 diabetes in older age groups.  Currently 422 million adults, mostly in developing countries, have diabetes. According to the World Health Organization, the disease  was the direct cause of about 1.5 million deaths…

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