Engaging older persons in humanitarian response

This collection contains analysis reports, good practices, guidelines, notes and toolboxes on engaging and supporting older persons during a humanitarian response.

Current guidance comes from leading local and global organisations and institutions: HelpAge International, Inclusion International, Overseas Development Institute, United Nations, World Health Organisation.

Resources on this Collection



Collections on this Collection


Protection and the Elderly

This collection is composed of resources dealing with the protection of elderly people during times of crises, disasters, emergencies, and post-disasters. These resources come from partners within the Global Protection Cluster and organizations such as HelpAge International, UNHCR, and Natural Hazards review. They range from practical guidelines for dealing with emergency situations to the psychosocial impact that such experiences have on those in this involved. This collection will be the first of many collections discussing thematic issues and the elderly, and a part of a larger channel housed within the Age Library that deals more generally to the topic of elderly people in times of crisis. 

WASH and the Elderly

The WASH & Elderly Collection is comprised of a set of resources focused on the available water, sanitation and hygiene programs and services for elderly people and those with disabilities within protection situations and limited-income settings. They are published and supported by many organizations including: HelpAge International, WEDC, WaterAid and Sanitation and Hygiene Applied Research for Equity (SHARE). This collection aims to shed a light on how elderly people and those with disabilities are a valuable part of any community, in any situation, but who may necessitate additional guidelines, protocals, and services. This Collection is a part of a broader channel about the elderly in humanitarian situations, and is closely related to the 'WASH and HEALTH Guidelines' Collection.

Health, Food and Nutrition for the Elderly and Disabilities Collection

This collection presents crucial resources, published by HelpAge Internationa, WHO, Trauma Monthly, Humanitarian Practice Network HPN; related to humanitarian responses to the needs of elderly and disabled people in terms of health, food and nutrition. These resources shed the light on the 'invisibility' of the elderly people as a vulnerable category in the humanitarian settings, i.e, there are no sufficient humanitarian responses to their health and nurtrition needs. This collection is interconnectedly associated with Protection and Elderly and WASH and Elderly Collections, which are all housed within the Elderly in the Humanitarian Setting/ Emergencies Channel.