AIDS – not just a young person’s disease

Anne Gatono lost her children to AIDs.

Often characterised as a young person’s disease, more older people than ever are living with HIV. New data from UNAIDS – the UN’s main advocate for coordinated global action on the HIV/AIDS epidemic – reveals that an estimated 3.6 million people aged 50 and older are living with HIV.

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UK Government pledges ½ million to help older people in Philippines

An older woman stand with her grandchild in the Philippines.

The Department for International Development (DFID) has pledged ½ million pounds towards Age International’s aid efforts in the Philippines. The money will go towards helping older people to recover from the destruction and devastation caused by Typhoon Haiyan.

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Aid to Philippines ‘on the move’ despite obstacles

An older man shows the rubble of house destroyed in Typhoon Haiyan.

As the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan becomes more clear, the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) has confirmed that life-saving aid is ‘on the move’ to those that need it – despite tremendous obstacles.

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Typhoon Haiyan affects 1.3 million over 50

Older woman following typhoon Yolanda.

Age International estimates that around 1.3 million people over 50 have been affected by Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines and around 85,000 older people have been displaced.

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Governments warned over ageing populations

An older woman from Colombia sits at the entrance to her wooden house.

World leaders must face up to the challenges of their ageing populations and better understand the needs of their oldest citizens, says charity Age International today. The call comes as the first ever Global Age Watch Index is published, revealing the best and worst places for older people to live around the world.

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