1st of October: International Day of Older Persons

01 Oct 2013

The International Day of Older Persons, celebrated on the 1st of October since 1991 aims to recognize the contribution of older people to economic and human development, as well as highlight the opportunities and challenges associated with global aging.

The UNand WHO encourage governments, associations, NGOs and civil society to celebrate this day with forums, public lectures and intergenerational activities. This year’s theme is 'The future we want: what older persons are saying', and focuses on promoting the discussion of the issue of aging on the international development agenda.

“There is broad recognition that population ageing presents both a significant opportunity and a challenge. The opportunity is to benefit from the many contributions older persons make to society. The challenge is to act on this understanding now through the adoption of policies that promote social inclusion and intergenerational solidarity,” stated the UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon.

Today, nearly 700 million people worldwide are over the age of 60. By 2050, this number will rise to 2 billion, in other words, more than 20% of the world’s population. Therefore, it is necessary to pay more attention to the particular needs of older people and the problems faced by many of them. It is equally important to recognise the essential contribution that many older men and women can continue to give to society if appropriate safeguards are in place.

By working with communities and those who are socially excluded, DiagramaFoundation works towards ensuring that older persons continue to strive for a healthy lifestyle and actively participate in society.

For more information about this day, please visit the UN and WHO’s websites.