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Emergency aid

We deliver emergency aid that is specially designed for people who are older.

An Age International worker gives food to an older woman after the 2013 typhoon in Philippines


Older people's experience of emergencies

During times of crisis, older people are particularly vulnerable. If you’re older and caught in an emergency, you might be:

  • Unable to move and flee
  • Unable to see
  • Too weak to stand for hours in the scrum for aid

What is age-friendly aid?

Emergency aid is not 'one size fits all'. When an older person reaches safety, they need:

  • Food that is easy to chew and digest
  • Medicines & healthcare for geriatric conditions
  • Walking sticks, glasses and other essentials they may have lost
  • Care at home, if they are immobile

Very few aid organisations think about older people

  • Aid packs are heavy and difficult to open
  • Refugee camps can be difficult to navigate if you have a disability
  • Many recovery programmes exclude people of a certain age

How we save lives during an emergency

  • We deliver aid which is accessible – older people are prioritised in aid queues and have a place to sit, they can easily carry and open our food packs, healthcare is targeted at geriatric conditions 
  • We target the most vulnerable older people  with our aid – so we reach the most marginalised & forgotten 
  • We send 'inclusion advisors' to train and advise other agencies and organisations, to help make their aid more accessible to older people and people with disabilities   

What we do: explore a specific emergency


Latest from our emergency programmes

Member of the DEC

Age International is a member of the Disaster Emergency Committee - we are the only DEC member to run specifically age-friendly aid.

Rohingya Crisis Appeal

Over half a million people have fled from Myanmar to Bangladesh, to escape violence. Please give now to help older Rohingya Refugees.

 

Last updated: Aug 23 2018

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