Abstract

This report provides practical information for professionals working with older people about using human rights in their work, and illustrates the relevance of national and international human rights legislation to older people’s issues. This report is the product of research into existing evidence of the human rights issues affecting older people in the UK and their engagement with human rights. The first edition of this report was written in March 2009 to inform the Older People and Human Rights Project. This second edition of the report has been updated to reflect factual changes and recent developments. The guide provides a summary of existing evidence of human rights issues affecting older people in the UK, and supports the implementation of the Older People and Human Rights Project, a three-year partnership project between Age UK and the British Institute of Human Rights (BIHR), funded by Comic Relief. The guide covers: the context; the legislation; human rights issues affecting older people in the UK; and engaging older people in human rights issues in the UK;