There is no general agreement on the age at which a person becomes old. Often discrepancies exist as to what age people are to be considered old.
Old age has a dual definition. It can be defined as the last stage in the life processes of an individual, and/or an age group or gene ration comprising a segment of the oldest members of a population.
HelpAge aims to work on projects to unravel the present understanding of old age and to bring fundamental changes in older people’s lives.
HelpAge strives to help older people claim their rights, challenge discrimination, overcome poverty, work on social isolation, loneliness, promote sacred dignity and respect for older people. The aim is to achieve fundamental changes in the lives of older people empowering them to live life to the full.
Amongst the many difficulties experienced by older people, loneliness is a “hidden killer” of elderly people. While people are aware of the emotional problems of loneliness, few recognise the physical and psychological damage associated with loneliness. Elderly people trapped in their own homes by a lack of mobility and the loss of family and friends lack opportunities for social interaction. The problem of loneliness and isolation need to be put on an equal footing with any other condition associated with ageing.
For this reason, HelpAge offers various services and project through:
The Unit offers Training and Formation to all Leaders running the Day Centres in various parishes ensuring the volunteers maintain and enhance the skills they need to deliver a professional service to their members in the community.
Gives training and empowerment sessions to older adults attending Day Centres
Guests on TV and Radio Programmes speaking and promoting Older Persons’ Dignity, needs, respect and change in attitude towards Old Age.
A handful of articles are published on newspapers and Magazines.
Volunteers at Residential Homes for Older Adults
A number of volunteers are trained and given formation as they regularly visit older adults in Residential Homes.
HelpAge Volunteers together with students from various schools organise activities in Residential Homes, organise meaningful moments, bringing joy to older adults, improving memory and other cognitive functions.
A Joint effort with the Secretariat for the Ministry for the Family, Children’s Rights and Social Solidarity and the various Parishes. The aim of this project is to empower to the ‘young old’ on their retirement to support the vulnerable ‘old old’ who are housebound, giving the vulnerable older old a sense of security and a sense of belong to the community.