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‘Protection, not restriction’: Group asks gov’t for clear guidelines for senior citizens

Jun 19, 2020 - 7:57 AM

The group Seniors sa Panahon ng COVID says the current policy is 'open to misinterpretation and confusion'

Senior Citizens despite the rain wait for their turn in Plaza Sugbo to claim their P3,000 cash assistance from Cebu City Government on June 10, 2020. The senior citizens were eventually sent to another location to a closed coliseum for their shelter and to follow physical distancing.

[OPINION] The coronavirus pandemic bares older Filipinos' vulnerability

Apr 07, 2020 - 2:53 PM

'If testing remains limited, many COVID-19-related deaths might be masked as common pneumonia, the second cause of death among older Filipinos'

A doctor's advice for older persons in the time of the coronavirus

Mar 16, 2020 - 3:30 PM

'Share your wisdom and good counsel. You have much to contribute during this crisis.'

CARE FOR SENIORS. DOH chief Francisco Duque III says senior citizens will benefit from the new EO setting the maximum drug retail price. File photo by Mark Saludes/Rappler

Gazini Ganados hopes for more attention to elderly care in the country

Oct 06, 2019 - 7:00 PM

The beauty queen raises the gap the flag of the country's elderly on their behalf

[OPINION] Is the Philippines ready for its 'graying' population?

Sep 08, 2019 - 4:00 PM

By the time the Philippines becomes an aging society, more elderly people will be needing support from the government, and not just from their families

COSE honors outstanding seniors at the 28th Sampung Ulirang Nakatatanda Awards

Oct 11, 2018 - 3:30 PM

PRESS RELEASE: The 10 awardees for 2018 have contributed to causes on environment conservation, human rights, cultural preservation, urban poor housing, education, HIV/AIDS, and the elderly

Record suicides of elderly people in aging Singapore

Jul 30, 2018 - 8:07 PM

Samaritans of Singapore (SOS), which focuses on preventing suicides, says fear of becoming a burden to family, social disconnection, physical impairment, and deteriorating mental health are the most common challenges faced by the elderly

Empowering seniors in disaster risk reduction and management

Jul 16, 2018 - 4:32 PM

Program proves senior citizens deserve bigger roles in preparing for disasters

More protection, attention to social pension for poor elderly Filipinos

Jun 30, 2018 - 4:30 PM

The number of senior citizens, which has grown from 6.3 million in 2010 to 7.6 million in 2015, is expected to reach 11.7 million by 2025, and 22.6 million in 2045

PH lags in providing pension amid increasing life expectancy – ILO

Dec 02, 2017 - 11:57 AM

The International Labor Organization says that from 2000 to 2015, life expectancy in the Philippines grew by 5 years – the fastest increase observed since the 1960s

SOCIAL PROTECTION. The Philippines lags behind its Asian neighbors in providing adequate social pension for senior citizens.  Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Helping never stops for 79-year-old Tatay Eduardo

Oct 11, 2017 - 10:08 AM

Senior citizen Eduardo Albonia is among the Sampung Ulirang Nakatatanda awardees for his volunteer work at Group Home, a shelter for abandoned elderly women

VOLUNTEER. Tatay Eduardo, 79 years old, is a volunteer at a shelter for elderly women. Photo by Iona Mendoza

4 in 10 senior citizens still have no access to pension – COSE

Oct 05, 2017 - 12:20 PM

Advocates and lawmakers call for the passage of a measure that seeks to establish a universal social pension system for Filipino elderly

STILL WORKING. Senior citizen Arturo Fabular continues to sell ice cream daily to sustain his family's needs.

How to avail of PhilHealth coverage for senior citizens

Oct 02, 2017 - 11:30 AM

Senior citizens may register through the Office for the Senior Citizen Affairs or the PhilHealth Local Health Insurance Office in their areas

MANDATORY COVERAGE. Republic Act 10645 provides all senior citizens with health insurance care of PhilHealth.

VIRAL: Motorist helps elderly woman cross Quezon Avenue

Sep 08, 2017 - 1:54 PM

Netizens praise the unidentified motorist in the viral video who helped an elderly woman cross a busy road in Quezon City

Without pension, senior citizens forced to continue working

Jun 18, 2017 - 9:00 AM

In Caloocan 72 year old Arturo Fabular walks for 10 hours each day to sell ice drop candy just to make ends meet

NO RETIREMENT. Arturo Fabular walks the stretch of Caloocan City and Meycauayan in Bulacan to sell ice drops.

China's elderly live longer, but are less fit – study

Mar 10, 2017 - 12:22 PM

Comparing medical data and surveys from 1998 and 2008 of nearly 20 000 people aged 80 to 105 researchers learn that the ranks of China s oldest old have expanded since the turn of the century

AGING. A recent study shows that although lifespans are increasing, 'other elements of health are both improving and deteriorating.' File photo by Tom Thai from Wikimedia

Duterte grants 19 more pardons, commutations

Mar 07, 2017 - 1:31 PM

UPDATED We are witnessing justice at work We see that reformation is an option says Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II on the same day that the House of Representatives is set to pass the death penalty bill on final reading

DOJ Sec. Vitaliano Aguirre II and NBP officals during the release thru pardon and commutation of sentence of inmates on March 7, 2017.

Pension for all seniors to lift 3 million out of poverty – study

Feb 19, 2017 - 5:55 PM

A study says providing a universal social pension of P1 500 for Filipinos 60 and above would cost the government P143 97 billion or 4 80 of its expenditures

PENSION FOR ALL. A study shows that providing social pension for all senior citizens would only amount 4.8% of government expenditure. Rappler file photo

DSWD to give P500-pension to 2.8M indigent seniors

Feb 17, 2017 - 12:18 PM

This year P17 9 billion has been allocated for the Social Pension Program for Indigent Senior Citizens

Duterte to release over 100 elderly, sickly inmates

Jan 25, 2017 - 6:33 PM

Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II says the official approval will be released next week The inmates release should immediately follow

PRESIDENTIAL PARDON. President Rodrigo Duterte will grant pardon to 127 sickly and elderly inmates. File photo by Manman Dejeto/Rappler

17 die in fire at Ukraine home for elderly

May 29, 2016 - 7:15 PM

UPDATED The Ukrainian government orders the creation of a special investigative commission to look into the tragedy

epa05335786 Ukrainian rescuers work at the scene following a fire at a care home in Litochky village about 60 km from Kiev, Ukraine, 29 May 2016. According to media reports, at least 16 people were killed after a fire broke out at a care home for senior citizens early on 29 May 2016. EPA/SERGEY DOLZHENKO

Global elderly population exploding – US report

Mar 29, 2016 - 4:45 PM

More than 600 million people worldwide are 65 years old or above says the US Census Bureau

epa05061835 A Chinese elderly patient walks with the help of a walking aid in a corridor of Songtang Hospice nursing home in Beijing, China, 07 December 2015 (issued 09 Dec). East Asia, led by China, is rapidly aging and has the world's largest share of the aging population ages 65 and over, or 211 million people, according to a new World Bank report released on 09 December 2015. At more than a third of the global population, the fast graying population will result in a significant reduction in adult work force and have vast implications on the economic growth and public services of the region. China alone will incur a net loss of 90 million workers by 2040 according to the report. EPA/HOW HWEE YOUNG

Japan's silver-haired seniors still punching the time clock

Mar 02, 2016 - 10:05 PM

More than 20 of Japanese men and women older than 65 still work and this trend is expected to grow

To go with AFP story "Japan-economy-employment-social" FOCUS by Daniel Leussink  In this picture taken on December 18, 2015, a worker repairs a cutting board at a seniors' work centre in Tokyo. Japan's silver-haired workforce is everywhere these days -- from wrinkled men waving glow sticks at construction sites to checkout counter clerks or caregivers for the very old. AFP PHOTO / Toru YAMANAKA / AFP / TORU YAMANAKA

Christmas reunion: Old man reunites with family via Facebook

Dec 19, 2015 - 8:21 PM

A Facebook user s post about an old man wandering Manila s streets helps reunite the man with his family

Appeal for help for an elderly woman spreads on Facebook

Nov 12, 2015 - 12:50 PM

A Facebook user takes up the cause of helping an old woman return to her home in Cebu

Stranger's kind act sparks search for elderly woman's family

Nov 07, 2015 - 12:54 PM

A concerned netizen uses Facebook to help someone in need

HELP FIND HER FAMILY. Togonan is asking the online community for help in finding Abruga's family. Photo by Ellaine Togonan

FAST FACTS: What benefits are senior citizens entitled to?

Oct 08, 2015 - 3:00 PM

The first week of October is Elderly Filipino Week According to the 2010 census senior citizens or those aged 60 years old and over comprise 6 8 of our total population

Advocates call for improved senior pension for Pinoys

Oct 02, 2015 - 4:01 PM

The Elderly Filipino Week is celebrated during the first week of October

Time for senior citizens to fight for our rights

Sep 24, 2015 - 12:00 PM

It is about time that the young be taught to sit listen and learn once again at the footsteps of the wise and the experienced

What urbanization, aging population mean for PH

Aug 23, 2015 - 3:00 PM

The problem of one is the problem of all

OLD, POOR. NSCB reports that the latest poverty incidence among the country's senior citizens is 15.8% as of 2009, while the magnitude of poor is around 1.1 million. File photo by Dennis Sabangan/EPA

Lone supplier places bid on Makati’s cake-giving program

Aug 11, 2015 - 6:22 PM

Makati looks to replace Bakerite after the awarding of contract was put on hold

30 minutes of exercise is key to health in old age

May 16, 2015 - 9:36 AM

Researchers say elderly men who do 30 minutes of physical activity 6 days a week are likely to have a 40 lower risk of death compared to couch potato counterparts

The songs of Lola Josefina

Apr 30, 2015 - 5:26 PM

What makes 76 year old Josefina Fernandez sing? Among many things: Her love life her friends and her life on the streets before she entered Haven for the Elderly

FOR THE ELDERLY. During the celebration of Haven for the Elderly's 5th founding anniversary, Josefina Fernandez received a rose from one of the kids who performed on stage. Photo by Jee Geronimo/Rappler

What it takes to maintain a 'world-class' home for seniors

Apr 30, 2015 - 9:41 AM

With more senior citizens expected to enter Haven for the Elderly in the coming years a budget of at least P29 million is needed to to hire more staff and build more infrastructures

20 BEDS. Each of the 19 cottages in Haven for the Elderly has a 20-bed capacity. Center Manager Ricky Bunao admits the standard requires only 15 beds should be in each cottage. Photo by Jee Geronimo/Rappler

Japan population falls to 15-year low

Apr 18, 2015 - 3:54 PM

The population drops by 0 17 percent or 215 000 people to 127 083 000 as of October 1 last year

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (R) greets guests during a cherry blossoms viewing party hosted by the premier at Shinjuku Gyoen park in Tokyo, Japan, 18 April 2015. Photo by Franck Robichon/EPA

Pope Francis hails 'Lolo Kiko' nickname

Mar 12, 2015 - 9:00 AM

The 78 year old pontiff stresses the value of the elderly by recounting the nickname Filipinos gave him

'LOLO KIKO.' Pope Francis aboard his popemobile greets the faithful welcoming him at the Quirino Grandstand in Manila on January 18, 2015. Photo by Zalrian Sayat/EPA

Holding lola's hand isn't the same anymore

Feb 14, 2015 - 3:12 PM

I had always imagined lola would still be telling her stories until she was 100

Elderly, infirm Jesuits celebrate Pope arrival from home

Jan 15, 2015 - 9:21 PM

Elderly Jesuit priests say they feel a profound gratitude for Pope Francis arrival in the Phillippines

ON POPE WATCH. Patients of the JM Lucas Infirmary for Jesuits react to Pope Francis finally stepping out of the SriLankan Airline jet in Villamor Airbase. All photos by Pia Ranada/Rappler

Binay on Christmas: Give 'genuine service'

Dec 24, 2014 - 1:53 PM

The Vice President also says of elderly prisoners: My hope is for them to spend their twilight years with their family and loved ones especially during Christmas

For the elderly, the best gift we can give is time

Dec 24, 2014 - 10:00 AM

What can we give the elderly this Christmas if not our compassionate time and care?

#ZeroCasualty: Don't forget PWDs, elderly

Oct 30, 2014 - 3:10 PM

Their disability does not mean inability – they can and should be active partners in making communities safer and more resilient

ZERO CASUALTY. Filipino airport crew assist an elderly typhoon survivor prior to boarding a commercial flight in the super typhoon devastated city of Tacloban, Leyte province, Philippines (19 November 2013). Photo by Dennis Sabangan/EPA

Taking care of the elderly is a 'community responsibility'

Oct 09, 2014 - 10:47 AM

Senior adults according to AARP senior research adviser and marketing manager Xenia Montenegro want only the basic needs: health money and spirituality

Free LRT ride for seniors on October 4

Oct 03, 2014 - 2:21 PM

Seniors or those aged 60 and above can ride for free the whole day on the LRT lines on October 4 in celebration of Elderly Filipino Week

LRT1. Train photo from the LRTA official Facebook page

#AfterYolanda: Shelter for the elderly

Oct 03, 2014 - 11:16 AM

During disasters the elderly are most at risk of being left behind or can end up isolated in evacuation centers

Computer games may ease elderly depression

Aug 05, 2014 - 11:30 PM

The results suggest computer exercises were just as effective at reducing symptoms of depression as escitalopram but do so in 4 weeks instead of 12

COMPUTER GAMES. 66-year-old Karin Martin (R) and 63-year-old Inge Rappolt take on each other as they play a computer card game at Europe's 'Games Convention' in Leipzig, Germany, August 22, 2007. Jan Woitas/EPA

Dealing with hunger among elderly Pinoys

Jun 03, 2014 - 10:06 PM

The latest statistics from the Department of Social Welfare and Development show that as of 2011 there are over a million senior citizens in poor households nationwide

Three dead, 30 missing in fire at Canadian home for elderly

Jan 23, 2014 - 9:11 PM

UPDATED The fire at the residence which housed some 50 to 60 elderly people broke out shortly after midnight

In life's U-turn

Jan 14, 2014 - 5:41 PM

What are the difficulties and fulfillments of coming to terms with becoming a senior citizen?

ACCEPTING CHANGE. Avila plans to make the most out of her retirement.

Heaven's waiting room

Jan 11, 2014 - 6:15 AM

Those lucky enough to come to the United States eventually realize that America is as a matter of fact just another land of limited opportunities

Britain looks to Asia to manage 'national shame' of elderly care

Oct 18, 2013 - 11:04 PM

British officials say their government can learn from Japan and Asia s care for the elderly

IGNORED ELDERLY? Britain’s health secretary says Britain can learn from Japan and China about caring for the elderly. File photo by Edmond Terakopian/AFP