Strengthening the Human Rights of Older People

Guess where I was this week! Murrayfield, but not for the rugby! It was Dementia Champions Cohort 8 & 8.1 and DISL’s Cohort 2  graduation. Proud to be part of the team delivering these important programmes in improving health and social care for people living with dementia. For more details here is a very short video about the graduation.

So what else has been happening?

Help Age International has called again for a UN Convention on the Rights of Older People. Their newest report called “Entitled to the Same Rights” in which older women speak out about their rights shows again that the existing human rights mechanisms fail to adequately protect and promote the rights of older people. They are suggesting that a new international convention on the rights of older people, is the most effective way to make sure that all people enjoy their human rights in older age, and on an equal basis with others. There is more about what they want the Convention to include and you can download the report at

You can find out more about supporting the campaign for older people by getting involved with their global Age Demands Action campaign.

If you are part of an organisation you can join the Global Alliance for the Rights of Older People and work with other agencies seeking to promote and strengthen the rights of older people.

You might also want to find out about the UN’s Open-ended Working Group on Ageing who have been looking at producing a human rights framework for older people since 2010. See

It’s about time they got a move on!



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