International Day of Older Persons observed across the world

The theme of the International Day of Older Persons 2015 was Sustainability and Age Inclusiveness in the Urban Environment.

Oct 1, 2015 13:17 IST
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1 October: International Day of Older Persons
The International Day of Older Persons (IDOP) was on 1 October 2015 observed across the world with the theme Sustainability and Age Inclusiveness in the Urban Environment. The 2015 IDOP celebration demonstrated that an age inclusive agenda is crucial to promote equity, welfare and prosperity for all.

The 2015 celebration of the 25th anniversary of International Day of Older Persons focused on the impact of the new urban environment on older persons and impact of older persons on the new urban environment.

How Urban Environment will lead to betterment of Old people?
The migration of people worldwide to cities is happening at a record pace with 6 out of every 10 people in the world expected to reside in urban areas by 2030. It means that the number of people over 60 living in cities may grow to over 900 million by 2050.

These trends will offer older persons prospects for improving their quality of life. Well planned cities will surely provide income generating and education opportunities for older persons.

In addition to housing and urban environments, it will also result in the incorporation of age-friendly features in public facilities such as access to affordable, reliable, safe and physically accessible transportation, which is one of the cornerstones of independence and social inclusion of older people.

Condition of Old-aged people in India
A recent report by United Nations Population Fund and Help Age International revealed that India has around 100 million elderly at present and the number is expected to increase to 323 million, constituting 20 percent of the total population by 2050.

The report emphasized on addressing urgent concerns of elderly person like investment in pension and quality health care. It is imperative to provide the elderly a stress free life, a place, a living space which is designed to give them a holistic lifestyle.

Assaults, stealing and killing cases of senior citizens in the Indian cities has been a issue of concern in the recent past.

On 14 December 1990, the United Nations General Assembly declared 1 October as the International Day of Older Persons, following up on initiatives such as Vienna International Plan of Action on Ageing, which was adopted by the 1982 World Assembly on Ageing and endorsed later that year by UNGA.

The International Day of Older Persons was observed for the first time throughout the world on 1 October 1991.

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