International Old Men’s Day was brought in by the United Nations General Assembly by passing a resolution on 14 December 1990. 1st October was declared the International Day of Older Persons. This was preceded by initiative taken by World Assembly in 1982 on ageing and was endorsed later that year by the UN General Assembly. In 1991, the General Assembly by resolution adopted the United Nations Principles for Older Persons.
In 2002, the Second World Assembly on Ageing adopted the Madrid International Plan of Action on Ageing, to respond to the opportunities and challenges of population ageing in the 21st century and to promote the development of a civilization for all ages.
On 1 October, people in the region are marking the International Day of Older People. The United Nations brought this annual event in 1991 to celebrate the contributions and achievements of people in later life.
So what should we be celebrating?
Well, the most obvious achievement is that people in some of the poorest countries in the globe, are in point of fact, reaching old age. Low life expectancy figures mask the fact that there are millions of older people in many of the poorest countries in the world. People aged 60, and over are a pictogram of almost 11 per cent of the total world population; and by 2050, the number is predicted to augment to 19 per cent. The most brisk amplification in the 60+ population is stirring in the developing world. This will mean there would be more people that are elderly on the planet than children.
This is a colossal cause for merriment because it demonstrates that healthcare; cleanliness and sanitation, water quality and education are actually paying off and helping us to live longer. Moreover, living longer is a triumph. However, growing old is not always easy. Older people are among the most marginalized people in the world. 100 million of them live on a condensed amount of one dollar (60 pence) a day. Astonishingly, only 5% of people in later life have admittance to a pension. Many have to keep working until the day they depart their life,they have to work in scantily paid, perilous and lopsided working conditions.
Older People’s Associations
We should also celebrate the activism and rendezvous of adult themselves. Over 2,400 Older People’s Associations (OPAs) have been formed across the world. These OPAs are made up of dynamic, grown-up people who are demanding that their voice be heard.
The Biological clock
The one unifying occurrence most of us will share is ageing. If there is only one thing, we are going to rejoice on 1 October, let us celebrate the fact that countless millions of people in emergent countries have reached later life.
Unfortunately, the ones who have laid the groundwork for the society face dishonor in one or other way. Sensitizing a society that is thoughtful for them and promoting hale and hearty living among our youth so that they don’t face problems during their old age is a huge issue.
Age UK works with its sister association, Help Age International, to support over 1.3 million older people and their dependants in over 40 developing countries
Today, globally, 600 million persons aged 60 years and over; this total will binary by 2025 and will virtually disembark at two billion by 2050 – the vast majority of them in the developing world. Therefore, it makes it increasingly important for us to care for our elderly.