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International Day of Older Persons

Last updated: October 7, 2021

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.

UN Secretary-General António Guterres

Pandemics: Do They Change How We Address Age and Ageing?

2020 marked the 75th Anniversary of the United Nations and the 30th Anniversary of the International Day of Older Persons. This year has also seen an emergence of COVID-19, that has caused an upheaval across the world. Considering the higher risks confronted by older persons during the outbreak of pandemics such as COVID-19, policy and programmatic interventions must be targeted towards raising awareness of their special needs. Recognizing older persons contributions to their own health and the multiple roles they play in the preparedness and response phases of current and future pandemics is also important.

This day aims to:

  • Inform participants about the strategic objectives for the Decade of Healthy Ageing.

  • Raise awareness of the special health needs of older persons and of their contributions to their own health and to the functioning of the societies in which they live.

  • Increase awareness and appreciation of the role of the health care workforce in maintaining and improving the health of older persons, with special attention to the nursing profession

  • Present proposals for reducing the health disparities between older persons in the developed and developing countries, so as to “Leave no one behind”.

  • Increase understanding of the impact of COVID-19 on older persons and its impact on health care policy, planning, and attitudes.

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