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HelpAge Canada works to improve and maintain the quality of life of vulnerable older persons and their communities in Canada and around the world.

Join us on October 1 in Ottawa

With our aging population, social isolation and loneliness will only increase unless more is done to address these issues. Canadians of all ages need to become aware of the impact of these issues on their family, friends and neighbours and take action.

Get involved. Learn more about this Multicultural, Multi-faith and Intergenerational Day of Sharing (PDF document).


Welcome to HelpAge Canada

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 every day.

Bringing about change by:

Empowering people:

Empowering older persons happens in many ways. Offering an older woman the chance to start an income generating activity means that she will be able to support herself as well as the grandchildren that might be under her care. Restoring a man's eyesight means he can now become independent. Creating an association through which seniors can discuss their concerns and claim their rights can help make people realize they can change their life conditions. The same type of transformation occurs when older people benefit from physiotherapy and regain their mobility, or when they are given dentures or eye glasses. The impact that HelpAge Canada has on the well-being and self-worth of those impacted by their programs can be extraordinary.

Providing assistance:

Around the world, older persons are often neglected by government programs and aid projects. In the form of individual sponsorships, HelpAge Canada provides assistance in nine countries to older persons in need of basic resources such as food, shelter and healthcare. HelpAge has also begun focusing on older persons who belong to marginalized groups and retired activists, people who spent their lives promoting peace and human rights. In some cases, HelpAge Canada provides assistance to older victims of sexual violence, and helps rebuild houses that were damaged or destroyed by natural disasters.


Latest Updates

September 9, 2015 - HelpAge International Releases Third Global Agewatch Index

HelpAge International has released the third Global AgeWatch Index. It is the only international index that ranks countries according to the social and economic well-being of their older people. This year Canada ranks 5th, down from 4th place in 2014. With an overall score of 84/100, Canada follows Switzerland, Norway, Sweden and Germany.


July 28, 2015 - Join us on October 1, 2015 for Seen Your Citizen? - A Multicultural and Multi-faith Day to Address Seniors' Isolation and Loneliness

• About a million Canadian seniors describe themselves as lonely or socially isolated.
• Social isolation and loneliness can affect both the physical and mental health of an older person.
• Associated health and emotional problems that eventually can force a person to the emergency room.
• Loneliness has been linked to an earlier death for those affected.


June 15, 2015 - Minister Alice Wong marks Elder Abuse Day at HelpAge Canada's office

Alice Wong, Minister of State (Seniors), visited the HelpAge Canada headquarters in Ottawa on June 15 to mark the 10th anniversary of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day.  Elder abuse is a serious issue in Canada and around the world.

On World Elder Abuse Day, HelpAge International and advocates in 40 countries are bringing attention to elder abuse and the importance of a new UN convention on the rights of older people. We believe this is an important issue for elders around the world.