Elderly people are full of wisdom, experience and knowledge and we are fortunate to have them around us in our families and neighbourhood. They motivate us to do better in our lives and also warn us of the possible dangers we are unaware of. We always approach old people for guidance and support whenever and wherever possible.
Unfortunately, many times, we tend to ignore or forget them due to our busy life schedules. The International Day of the Older Persons is observed on October 1 every year to respond to the opportunities and challenges of the ageing population. Moreover, the Covid-19 pandemic has posed many risks for the older people, not just on their health but also on their well-being.
International Day of the Older Persons 2021: Date and History
International Day of the Older Persons is celebrated on October 1 annually to raise awareness about various issues affecting elderly people. Many initiatives were taken up by the Vienna International Plan of Action on Ageing and it was adopted by the 1982 World Assembly on Ageing and a year later, it was endorsed by the United Nations (UN) General Assembly. On December 14, 1990, the UN General Assembly passed a resolution and designated October as the International Day of the Older Persons.
According to the statistics, there are currently 700 million people above the age of 60 and it has been predicted that by 2050, this figure will go up to 2 billion. These numbers have attracted a lot of attention and various steps have been taken to address the concerns and grievances of the old people.
International Day of the Older Persons 2021: Significance
On this day, people acknowledge the contributions made by older people to society. The World Health Organisation (WHO) organises discussions on how to provide adequate health provisions and social care for older people. The day focuses on the well-being, rights and special needs of the people.
Amid the pandemic, it has become more important to understand the struggles old people go through and steps must be taken to raise awareness of their special needs.