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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.

Nepal earthquake: HelpAge first to provide cash assistance to survivors

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(Sarah Gillam) More than 2,100 older people aged 60 or over in Nepal have been given US$75 each to spend on urgently needed items in distributions by HelpAge International working with local partners.

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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

April 28, 2015 - 7.8 magnitude earthquake strikes Nepal killing thousands

For many years now, the risk of a major earthquake in the Kathmandu valley has been at the top of the emergency preparedness agenda of Nepal and the many international organizations that work with them, including HelpAge International.


March 12, 2015 - HelpAge International launches the first Disaster Risk and Age Index

HelpAge International is launching the first Disaster Risk and Age Index, which ranks 190 countries according to the disaster risk faced by older people. The Index reflects the collision of two trends in our current world:  ageing populations and greater risk from natural and technological hazards.

Download the document here.


February 22, 2015 - Our Stories, Their Stories.

HelpAge Canada is archiving the stories of its people and in doing so raising money to help seniors in need, locally and globally.

These stories transport you to places and times in Canada from personal true stories of real and diverse Canadians.