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Akil, 65, and Asker, 66. “I worry about my wife’s health. She needs to take different kinds of medicine three times a day. My sons in Bishkek help her to pay for it. I am afraid that she will die. I love her so much. I married her when I was 16 years old. Since then I have been in love her. I can’t imagine life without her. As for my health, I am excellent. I believe in the power of words. If I say excellent every day, I will be excellent.”
Severe winters and energy shortages in Kyrgyzstan are leaving many older people unable to heat their homes. As part of a new audio-visual project launched on 5 March in the Kyrgyz capital, Bishkek, HelpAge International has been collecting photos, case studies and videos which document the challenges older people are facing.
If you have any photos of older people is winter add them to our flickr group here
You can find out more about HelpAge International's work with older people around the world by visiting our website www.helpage.org