Happy International Day of Older Persons 2022

Every year on the 1 October, it is the International Day of Older Persons. The day has been founded by the United Nations (UN). The International Day of Older Persons celebrates the role of older persons in making wide-ranging contributions to economic and social development, but also challenges issues such as discrimination and social exclusion of the ageing population. 

Date 2022-10-01 Author BIK Team Section awareness Topic media literacy/education Audience children and young people, parents and carers, teachers, educators and professionals
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The day is particularly pertinent because according to the UN, the number of older persons worldwide is projected to become more than double, reaching more than 1.5 billion persons in 2050, and 80 percent of them will be living in low- and middle-income countries. 

Background 

The day was established back in 1990 by the United Nations General Assembly in a resolution. But already before this day was chosen as the International Day of Older Persons, the UN was already a strong advocate of the lives of older people.  

Already in 1982, the Vienna International Plan of Action was adopted and endorsed by the General Assembly. A year after the International Day of Older Persons was established, the General Assembly 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 society for all ages.   

In recent years, the international day has become more important as the composition of the world population has changed dramatically in the last century. Between 1950 and 2010, life expectancy worldwide rose from 46 to 68 years and over the next three decades, the number of older persons worldwide is projected to more than double, reaching more than 1.5 billion persons in 2050. All regions in the world will see an increase in the size of the older population between 2019 and 2050. 

Resilience of older persons in a changing world 

This year, the theme of the International Day of Older Persons is the resilience of older persons in a changing world. This theme will be celebrated by the NGO Committees on Ageing in New York, Geneva and Vienna and all the committees will have their own approach to the theme. For example, in New York the focus is on the resilience and contributions of older women.

 

According to the United Nations, this year’s International Day of Older Persons is meant to:  

  • Highlight the resilience of older women in the face of environmental, social, economic and lifelong inequalities; 
  • Raise awareness of the importance of improved worldwide data collection, disaggregated by age and gender; 
  • Call on member states, UN entities, UN Women, and the civil society to include older women in the centre of all policies, ensuring gender equality as described in the Secretary-General’s report, Our Common Agenda. 

Better Internet for Kids for the International Day of Older Persons 

Here on the Better Internet for Kids portal, we are fully committed to the goal of better digital skills for all generations, and we always look at issues relating to connecting generations online. The COVID-19 pandemic especially has shown the inequalities between digital skills, both for younger persons as older persons. We want to ensure that all members of the family can use the internet safely and responsibly. 

Learn more about the International Day of Older Persons on the website of the United Nations and keep an eye on #IDOP on social media.

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