The International Day of Older Persons | Sunday Observer

The International Day of Older Persons

26 September, 2021

The International Day of Older Persons or World Elders Day as it is called by some will be celebrated on October 1 along with ‘Children’s Day’. which falls on the same day. Celebrations will be restricted owing to the pandemic.

On Decembe 14, 1990, the United Nations General Assembly declared October 1 as the International Day of Older Persons (resolution 45/106). But the first celebration of this day was observed on October 1, 1991.

This day gives the opportunity to remind governments and society of their  responsibilities and duties to the senior citizens and measures which should be taken for them. The day also highlights the importance of ensuring that senior citizens do not face any kind of abuse or difficulty.

The composition of the world population has changed dramatically in recent decades. Between 1950 and 2010, life expectancy worldwide rose from 46 to 68 years. Globally, there were 703 million persons aged 65 or over in 2019. The region of Eastern and South-Eastern Asia was home to the largest number of older persons (261 million), followed by Europe and Northern America (over 200 million).Over the next 30 years approximately , the number of older persons worldwide is expected to more than double, reaching more than 1.5 billion persons in 2050. All regions will see an increase in the size of the older population between 2019 and 2050. The largest increase (312 million) is projected to occur in Eastern and South-Eastern Asia, growing from 261 million in 2019 to 573 million in 2050. It is of the utmost importance that older persons or senior citizens are given care and attention

To mark the 75th annivrsay of the UN and the 30th Anniversary of the Day of the Older Persons’ UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres said this in 2020.

“The world marks the 30th anniversary of the International Day of Older Persons as we reckon with the disproportionate and severe impact that the Covid-19 pandemic has wrought on older persons around the world – not only on their health, but on their rights and well-being”.

Source UN - Internet