As we mark one year since Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine, we look back on the impact this war has had on older people across the country. Twenty-four percent of people in Ukraine are age 60 or older, making this the world’s oldest humanitarian crisis.
Our new report, “I’ve Lost the Life I Knew,” highlights the critical neglect of older people during the war in Ukraine. As the first nationally representative poll of older Ukrainians during the war, our research reveals how older people have fared worse financially and faced increased barriers to accessing basic services.
It also documents the disproportionate hardships for people over the age of 70 compared to those in their sixties, as well as the increased risk that older women experience.
of older women say they do not have enough money to cover their basic needs, compared to 46% in men.
People aged 70+ had more barriers to food and medicine and were ~2.5 times more likely to live alone than those in their 60’s.
of people over 70 reported that food was very or mostly difficult to access, compared to 2.25% of people aged 60-69.
Our film “The Light in the Darkness,” made by a team of young Ukrainian filmmakers, looks at the impact of the war on older Ukrainians and how they continue to play a major role in helping others.
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