1st October- International Day of Older Persons

TNI bureau: The United Nations’ (UN) International Day of Older Persons is celebrated annually on October 1 to recognize the contributions of older persons and to examine issues that affect their lives.

On December 14, 1990, the UN General Assembly made October 1 as the International Day of Older Persons, following up on initiatives such as the Vienna International Plan of Action on ageing persons.

It is a special day for older persons or senior citizens all over the world. It is being celebrated to promote older persons by inter-generational cooperation on voluntary activities focused on the environment, health, education, community services in order to create a better society.

On this day, the World Health Organization (WHO), which is a UN’s directing and coordinating authority for health related issues, and other groups have been actively involved in promoting public awareness and attention to take care of the older persons.

Discussions are centered on topics such as ageing populations and the provision of adequate healthcare for aged persons; safety and security of the older persons; and ways to be more inclusive of older persons in the workforce etc.

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