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Older People’s Associations in East and South East Asia

Category: Biodemography and Health

Who's involved?

In several countries in the region, local communities have their organizations that are managed by older people and act to promote their interests.  One particular organizational model for OPAs has evolved in the last decade or so, and this has been sponsored and supported by HelpAge International.  These OPAs are participatory membership organizations which are multi-functional in their activities.  They operate in conditions characterised by the limited capacity of the state to provide help and support to older people, and also by a lack of income security among most of the members.  OIPA is conducting an evaluation study of the work of OPAs with a special focus on health and well-being.  The research is supported by HelpAge International, WHO and Age International.