HelpAge USA

HelpAge USA, an affiliate of HelpAge International, builds awareness of global aging issues among US audiences; advocates for the empowerment of older, vulnerable adults in the developing world; and raises funds to support the programs of the HelpAge network. The HelpAge vision is of a world in which all older people fulfill their potential to lead dignified, active, healthy and secure lives. HelpAge is driven by a fundamental understanding that older people have the wisdom and the personal drive to contribute to their own wellbeing and to that of their families. We believe that the contribution older people make to society is invaluable. Yet older people remain some of the poorest and ...

HelpAge USA
4750 41st Street NW
Suite 410
Washington, DC 20016
United States
202-714-1119
http://www.helpageusa.org

Executive Director

Marilyn Frailey Grist

Management Team

Kim Karris, Bethany Brown, Susan Riker, Kim Karris, Bethany Brown

Board of Directors

Patricia Allman, Adam Hicks, Sussan Khozouri, Jack Guralnik, Marilyn Grist, Susan Mende, Maeona Mendelson, Kim Karris, Bethany Brown, Mark Gorman, Toby Porter, Cindy Roman, Irene Hoskins, Robin Talbery, Susan Riker, Alexandra Williams, Donna Cordner, Kim Karris, Bethany Brown

Project Leaders

Alexandra Williams

Mission

HelpAge USA, an affiliate of HelpAge International, builds awareness of global aging issues among US audiences; advocates for the empowerment of older, vulnerable adults in the developing world; and raises funds to support the programs of the HelpAge network. The HelpAge vision is of a world in which all older people fulfill their potential to lead dignified, active, healthy and secure lives. HelpAge is driven by a fundamental understanding that older people have the wisdom and the personal drive to contribute to their own wellbeing and to that of their families. We believe that the contribution older people make to society is invaluable. Yet older people remain some of the poorest and most neglected in the world. We are committed to helping them claim their rights, challenge discrimination and overcome poverty. We are committed to the following global actions: Enable older men and women to have secure incomes. Enable older men and women and those they support to receive quality health, HIV and care services. Enable older men and women to actively participate in and be better supported during emergency and recovery situations. Build global and local movements that enable older men and women to challenge age discrimination and claim their rights. Support a growing global network of organizations to work effectively with and for older men and women.

Programs

HelpAge helps older people claim their rights, challenge discrimination and overcome poverty, so that they can lead dignified, secure, active and healthy lives. We do this by advocating for policy change and implementation practical projects on the ground, addressing the issues that most affect older people including health (including HIV/AIDS), emergency relief, income security (pensions and decent work), climate change, and older people's rights. HelpAge USA is changing lives by: * helping older people gain access to benefits such as free health care or subsidized medicines where these are available; * helping the African Union develop social protection plans across the continent; * providing small business loans and grants to help older people retain their independence; * providing eye care services to older people in six countries, and *helping governments introduce social pensions in order to give older people financial security. Our programs include but are not limited to: * Our ongoing global campaign called Age Demands Action is in its 5th year, in which delegations of older people meet with government representatives to discuss what they want to achieve; * In Tanzania and Mozambique, we train older people to provide legal advice to others, focusing in particular on addressing the discriminatory inheritance laws that often leave older women homeless and destitute; * We help older people monitor their governments' implementation of the 2002 Madrid International Plan of Action on Ageing - the only global action plan focused on progress for older people; * We help create and support older people's associations (OPAs), which have proved excellent channels for conveying early warnings and distributing aid; * We train community organizations in Asia and Latin America to involve older people in disaster strategies; * We set up social centers for vulnerable older people in displaced people's camps in Darfur; * We advise senior policy-makers in humanitarian relief; * We help older care-givers earn a living, claim benefits, enroll children in school, improve their care-taking skills and support each other through self-help groups; * We're training older people as community educators on AIDS; * We're helping older people protect themselves from the threat of AIDS, and making sure UNAIDS incorporates their needs into policy. * In Haiti, we continue to provide health and psycho-social support to older people affected by the earthquake, conduct cash-transfers to older people as income generation program, provide support to nursing homes, and oversee 67 older people's associations (OPAs) in camps.

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