HelpAge International was started in 1983 by five organisations in Canada, Colombia, Kenya, India and the UK to provide a strong network to support older people worldwide.
A global network
Today the HelpAge International network – the only one of its kind – is a global network of over 100 like- minded organizations in 65 countries. The network helps older people claim their rights, challenge discrimination and overcome poverty, so that they can lead dignified, secure, active and healthy lives.
HelpAge International has formal relations with some of the most influential agencies in the sector, including consultancy status with the UN and World Health Organization.
HelpAge International works with partners to ensure that people everywhere understand how much older people contribute to society and that they must enjoy their right to healthcare, social services and economic and physical security.
Age Demands Action
In 2007 HelpAge International launched Age Demands Action, the first ever global campaign in which older people present their issues to governments. The campaign now takes place in around 60 countries and its success continues to grow each year, with older campaigners winning some amazing victories.