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International Day for Older Persons 2021

International Day for Older Persons takes place every year across the world on 1 October; a day to remember and celebrate the older persons in our lives.

Just this week, we celebrated Joyce Wooding from Northamptonshire who turned 110:

Northamptonshire woman shares her secret to a long life – BBC News

International Day for Older Persons was established by the United Nations in 1990 to respond to the opportunities and challenges of the ageing population.

The theme for 2021 is ‘Digital Equity for all ages’, highlighting the need for access and meaningful participation in the digital world by older persons, whilst at the same time recognising risks, such as cybercrimes and misinformation, which threaten the rights, privacy and security of older people.

In his message for this year, Secretary General Antonio Guterres said:

“Older persons are far more than a vulnerable group; they are a source of knowledge, experience and rich contributions to our collective progress. When older persons can access, learn, and use new technology, they will be better equipped to enjoy health, peace and prosperity.”

Things we can do to celebrate International Day for Older Persons:

  • Chat with an older person

Take the time to get to know an older person, perhaps even right in our own family, we may see them in a new light and learn something about ourselves in the process.

  • Volunteer your time

There’s a lot that can be done to make life easier for older people. Find out about organisations in your area that work with the elderly and see what you can do to help.

Here at Volunteer Link Up our volunteers already do so much to help make life easier for older people.

  • Become an advocate

The United Nations says, “enhanced attention to the particular needs and challenges faced by many older people is clearly required.” It’s important to recognize, as the U.N. also says, “the essential contribution the majority of older men and women can continue to make to the functioning of society.”

Did you know?

  • In 2020, the number of people aged 60 years and older outnumbered children younger than 5 years
  • Over the next three decades, the number of older persons worldwide is projected to more than double, reaching more than 1.5 billion persons in 2050, and 80% of them will be living in low- and middle-income countries
  • Prevalence figures based on a survey of 83,034 people in 57 countries found one in every two people held moderately or highly ageist attitudes (i.e., stereotypes and prejudice).

Source: International Day of Older Persons | United Nations

As we celebrate International Day of Older Persons this year, let us make it our goal to change the way we think about age.

Watch this heart-warming video:

Change the Way You Think About Age! Centenarians Answer the Right Questions…

If you have enjoyed reading this article, you can learn more here: WHO Ageing and health