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People 60 + are the fastest growing demographic group yet their needs are rarely considered.

Internationally, older people suffer much more than others from non-communicable diseases but these health issues receive only 2.3% of development assistance[1]

Less than 20% of older people receive a pension in low-income countries[2]

HelpAge Canada currently provides assistance and empowerment to older persons in Jamaica, Haiti, Dominca, Kenya, India and Sri Lanka.

HelpAge Canada is Canada’s only organization dedicated exclusively to helping older persons in Canada and the developing world. We have 40 years of experience working for older persons and helping them overcome poverty, claim their rights, challenge discrimination and helping them lead dignified, secure, and healthy lives.  HelpAge Canada is a founding member of HelpAge International and is part of a global network of organizations operating in more than 80 countries that help thousands of people and their communities every day.

Sponsor a Grandparent

Around the world, older persons are struggling to sustain themselves because they do not have enough food or ready access to medicine and other resources necessary for a healthy life. The Sponsor a Grandparent program serves over 800 older persons who are now able to enjoy a healthier life as a result of your support

A monthly donation of $32.00 helps supplement the cost of food, water, shelter, medicine and clothing. It restores dignity and hope while giving a Grandparent the respect they deserve. In return, we will send you a photograph of the Grandparent you have sponsored and their profile. You will also receive an annual update on your Grandparent’s health and well-being.


HelpAge Canada is assisting with serving displaced older women and men residing in the areas near the line of contact by providing Home-Based Care activities, wood and coal, provision of assistive devices, hygiene kits, diapers and underpads, winter clothing and multi-purpose cash assistance.

Kenya Gift Program

Thanks to our donors our partner in western Kenya, vulnerable older persons receive essential goods they would otherwise be unable to afford.

You, too, can send a donation to an individual or to a family. Gifts range from valuable household items, such as chairs or mosquito nets, to farm animals such as chickens, goats, or even cows.  You can also offer them a new home!

Your gift will make a major difference in their life!

India Cataract Surgery

Cataract is one the major causes of blindness in India. 12.5 million people are unable to access the simple surgery required to remove cataracts due to lack of financial resources and support. Through our local partners, our eye clinics have provided Cataract surgeries to over 3,000 older persons allowing them to return to work and live lives of dignity.

Partner Agencies

Our partner charitable agencies work hard under challenging circumstances and with little means. In the countries where we work, there is little infrastructure or support for the needs of seniors. We provide assistance on an as needed basis to support a variety of needs to improve the lives of the older persons they support.

You can support us with a donation to our general fund where we will put your donation to where it is needed most

[1] Skirbekk et al, Health Affairs, 2016

[2] ILO World Social Protection Report 2017-2019 (p.65 Onwards)