International Day of Older Persons is celebrated annually on October 1 and is one of the most important holidays. Older people often face cruelty, discrimination, poverty – our goal is not to forget about them and provide support. Volunteer movements help the elderly not only on this date, but on any other – join us!
International Day was founded by the United Nations in 1991. The UN has promoted the equal and full exercise of rights and freedoms by older people since 1948. Additionally, in 1982, the World Assembly on Aging was formed. Society has made every effort so that each person can age with dignity. A major issue today is health care. It is no secret that age adds not only years, but also contributes to the development of diseases. All of this is compounded by a shortage of medical staff and caregivers. Recognition of these facts helps to create better conditions for future generations as they age.
- Gerontology – a science that studies the biological, social and psychological aspects of aging – states that a person begins to age from the age of 25.
- Organs do not age in the same way – for example, in women, changes in the mammary gland occur first. So, she is 3 years older than other organs.
- People of retirement age who continue to work live longer than others.
- Pain diminishes with age. Some consider this state of affairs to be a good factor, others are skeptical – many simply stop noticing the body’s signals that tell about a problem.
How to take part
Do a good deed – find out about organizations in your area and help the elderly. There are many institutions that are waiting not only for material support, but for any other. For example, you can visit lonely people – they will be happy with a simple conversation!
When is International Day of Older Persons in 2023?
International Day of Older Persons is observed on October 1 each year.