Why my granddad is my best friend

Enjoying a drink

14 year-old Sandar says that her grandfather, U Myaing Tin, is her best friend. He has taken care of her and her sister ever since they were born. This Father’s Day, we speak to them about their special relationship…

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Older women speak out about elder abuse

Jumwa 70 Kenya

Women from 19 countries have shared their personal experiences of elder abuse in order to break the taboo.

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Zanzibar pension scheme one year on

Older man in Zanzibar stands holding a bowl of fruit.

In April 2016 Zanzibar became the first state in East Africa to provide older people with a social pension, thanks to lobbying work by Age International and our partner HelpAge Tanzania.

Now, anyone over the age of 70 can receive 20,000 Tanzanian Shillings (£7.30) a month. On the first anniversary of the scheme, Age International visits older people in Zanzibar to see how their lives have changed.

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East Africa: older people too frail to search for food

Age International meets older people in Kenya struggling through drought.

Our communications officer reports from Turkana, Kenya, an area experiencing the worst drought many have ever seen.

Eyanane doesn’t know how old he is but thinks he is about 90. With a wife and 6 children to support, he earns a living raising goats, but drought has killed off his stock.

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Impact of dementia much greater for women

A carer and a doctor sit around an older woman with dementia in Myanmar.

The impact of dementia is much greater for women, according to a report from the Global Alzheimer’s and Dementia Action Alliance (of which Age International is a member).

Worldwide, more women than men live with dementia. Women also provide the bulk of the care for people living with dementia – and this does not stop as they age.

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