26 September, 2017
On 14th December 1990, the United Nations General Assembly established October 1st as The International Day of Older Persons. Hence, since 1st October 1991, this day has been observed across the world by all UN member nations. The day was constituted so that awareness can be created about the issues that elders face. Apart from the aging-related problems, there are also cases of elder abuses reported from many countries. Hence, this seems to be a good initiative to try and bring the focus on an important issue. When we set aside a day for them, and create awareness through inclusive programs, they feel good, for the world around has acknowledged their contribution and existence.
The interesting part is that every year, the UN also associates a theme with this day. A few of the themes of the recent years are:
For 2017, it has been chosen as “Stepping into the Future: Tapping the Talents, Contributions, and Participation of Older Persons in Society”. The themes are in line with the rationale for which the day was constituted. The current theme is meant to promote the inclusion of older people in their own families, communities, and societies through the active contribution from their side. More importantly, this theme is also linked to the implementation of the 2030 Agenda and the Madrid International Plan of Action on Ageing. A UN report suggests that by 2030, the number of older people will far outweigh that of younger people at 1.4 billion.
With such vast numbers, it is important for the world and society to acknowledge and take notice of the elders and their issues. Working together to find solutions for their problems can actually be a stepping stone for the future. Aging is a part of life and no one can escape from it. So, it is better to be aware, understand the same and approach it with a positive frame of mind. Changes in the family and societal approach towards elders can help a lot in such initiatives. Let the younger generation work towards making the world a better place for all, especially the old, as one day they too will grow old. Sustainable measures if taken by the world at large and the government can actually ensure that the elders get their due.
We have chosen these 3 initiatives for all our members to make this day special and take the opportunity to celebrate and contribute:
1. Visit an old age home near you
2. Give a memorandum to your police station to help elders
3. Pledge to donate your organs after death
These are in keeping with this year's theme for the day set by United Nations - “Stepping into the Future: Tapping the Talents, Contributions, and Participation of Older Persons in Society”.
We have done the preparations for each of these so that you and your senior friends can JUST DO IT!
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