Of the millions affected by the earthquake and tsunami, Japan's seniors were the worst hit.
A large number of seniors live in the region where the earthquake and tsunami struck hardest. Many older people had homes in the towns most affected, and now are left with nothing besides what they were able to narrowly escape carrying.
Normally, in a crisis of this magnitude, AARP Foundation works with an on-the-ground organization to rush immediate relief services to affected seniors. But the support needed by a developed country such as Japan is different.
That's why, in collaboration with HelpAge USA and its international parent organization HelpAge International, we're focusing our efforts on ensuring that the unique needs of seniors are addressed in Japan’s response efforts.
AARP and AARP Foundation are donating $100,000 to assist vulnerable seniors in Japan. Join us in our efforts to support Japan's seniors as they recover from the earthquake and tsunami.
Japanese officials are providing emergency resources and support to those affected by the disaster. But for Japan's seniors, who comprise nearly a quarter of the population, shelters may not be equipped with some of the unique supplies some seniors require.
And those seniors able to make their way through the debris to access makeshift shelters and relief centers are still extremely vulnerable to life-threatening illnesses like hypothermia.
To meet these needs, AARP Foundation is working with HelpAge USA and its international parent HelpAge International to make sure that seniors in Japan have access to appropriate relief services. Support our work by making a generous donation now.
Thank you for your commitment to making sure older people – in Japan or right here at home – receive the unique care and support they deserve.
Jo Ann Jenkins
President, AARP Foundation