International Day of Older Persons 2021 is on Friday, 1st October 2021. The United Nations(UNO) celebrates Older Persons Day on 1st October every year across the world. This year too it will be celebrated on Friday 1st October 2021.
Theme of International Day of Older Persons 2021
The theme of the 2021 commemoration of International Older Persons Day is “Digital Equity for All Ages.”
Digitalization has revolutionized our living criteria. Older persons are far behind in the usage of these modern digital technologies. The UN theme of this special day sparks light on the issue of older persons that they are not fully beneficiaries of these technologies. It is the time to train them about the usage of mobile phones, the internet and computer according to their needs, hobbies and interests. Policymakers should also keep in mind the threats about these technologies to older persons to keep them healthy and safe.
Themes for the previous years,
“Pandemics: Do They Change How We Address Age and Ageing?”
This is the theme of International Older Persons Day 2020 by the United Nations(UN).
This theme makes us cautious about older persons in the context of Pandemic Covid 19. This Pandemic has revealed and changed the living styles of people across the world. Particularly, old citizens became more victims of this Pandemic and needed more care from their families and society. This situation alarmed us to set healthy standards for old persons in future.
“The Journey to age equality”
The International Day of Elderly provides us with an opportunity to admit the contribution of older persons in society and issues regarding their respect, health and value.
Background of International Day of Older Persons
On December 14, 1990, the United Nations declared October 1st, annually as a day for older persons. The day was observed for the first time on October 1, 1991.
The purpose of the international elderly day is to raise awareness about the issues affecting older persons. It also provides an opportunity to take steps for their respect. Older people are caretakers and custodians of traditions.
Activities of International Day of Older Persons
- Spend time with grandparents or older persons in your neighbors or around.
- Visiting old age homes.
- Greeting cards also can be given to the elderly by children.
- The media can make interviews with senior citizens and can highlight their achievements for society.
- Newspapers can publish the interviews and efforts of the elderly for the community in the fields of health, education or public services.