Health and care guidelines

Download our guidelines on good nutrition in later life.


Health interventions for older people in emergenciesHealth interventions for older people in emergencies (1mb)

This manual produced with funding from the European Community's Humanitarian Office (ECHO) provides guidance for the implementation of five key action points to address the health needs of older people in emergencies.

The primary target of this document is humanitarian workers working in the field. No specific knowledge of health is assumed. At both global and field level, this guidance can also be used to highlight and advocate for the health needs of older people in humanitarian crises.

Also available in French.

Also available as a summary (246kb).


Nutrition interventions for older people in emergenciesGood nutrition in later life (94 kb)

Everyone needs a healthy diet to keep up their energy level, reduce the risk of chronic diseases and fight infections, whatever their age. However, many older people do not have a healthy diet.

Many older people become malnourished because their food intake does not give them the energy or nutrients they need. Being malnourished makes a person weak, tired and more at risk of developing infections.

These guidelines, aimed at programme managers and people working with older people, discuss older people's nutritional needs, why they may not be eating well, and what can be done to help.

More resources:

Ageways 76: Food and nutrition (1.4 mb)

Keep fit for life: Meeting the nutritional needs of older persons

The basics of nutrition

Healthy eating

Nutrition and baseline survey of older people in Haraze Albiar, Chad, June 2012 (1.8mb)


Ageways on dementiaAgeways 78: Ageing and dementia (1.5 mb)

Population ageing is leading to a steep rise in the number of people with dementia.

Ageways 78, produced with Alzheimer’s Disease International, discusses policy implications and practical responses. It offers guidance on what dementia is and how to recognise the symptoms.

It also offers advice on how to reduce the risk of dementia, as well as looking at what support carers need.

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