International Day of Older Persons
The International Day of Older Persons takes place each year on 1 October. The day is an opportunity to celebrate intergenerational solidarity and to draw attention to, and challenge, negative stereotypes and misconceptions about older persons and ageing.
This year’s theme is ‘Fulfilling the Promises of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights for Older Persons: Across Generations’ noting that 2023 marks the 75th anniversary of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights by the United Nations General Assembly. This year we are asked to consider what it means to have a future which delivers on the promise of ensuring that all persons, including all older persons, can fully enjoy their human rights and fundamental freedoms.
According to the UN, the number of people aged 65 years or older worldwide is projected to more than double between 2021 and 2050.
Further information about the International Day of Older Persons can be found on the United Nations website here.
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