Every year from 1991 onwards on 1 October is observed as the International Day of Older Persons. The day celebrated every year to recognise the contributions of older persons in the society and examines the issues that affect their lives.
The theme of the 2013 International Day of Older Persons day is the future we want: what older persons are saying.
World-wide there are around 600 million persons aged 60 years and above. It will double by 2025 and will reach virtually two billion by 2050.The vast majority of them living in the developing world.
About the International Day of Older Persons
• United Nations General Assembly (by resolution 45/106) designated 1 October the International Day of Older Persons in 1990.
• This was preceded by initiatives such as the Vienna International Plan of Action on ageing which was adopted by the 1982 World Assembly on Ageing.