International Day of Older Persons 2021 is on Friday, 1 October 2021. Older Persons Day is celebrated 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
“Pandemics: Do They Change How We Address Age and Ageing?”
This is the theme of International Older Persons Day by the United Nations(UN) for the year 2020.
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 about old persons in future.
“The Journey to age equality”
This was the theme for The International Day of Older Persons for the previous year 2019.
The International Day of Older Persons provides us 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 this 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.