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nternational Day of Older Persons is celebrated on October 1st! It's a time to recognize the important role older adults play in our communities, families, and society as a whole.

What is International Day of Older Persons and how did it start?

The International Day of Older Persons is a United Nations-designated day celebrated every year on October 1. The purpose of this day is to promote the rights of older persons and honor them for their contributions to society.

In 1990, the United Nations General Assembly designated October 1 as The International Day of Older Persons because this month marks World Elder Abuse Awareness Month (WEAAM).

What is theme for 2022?

Each year there is a theme for International Day of Older Persons.

This year, the theme is ‚ÄúResilience of Older Persons in a Changing World.‚ÄĚ

The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated existing inequalities, with three years of elevated risk intensifying the socioeconomic and environmental impacts on older persons' lives. To learn more information about this year's theme, read United Nations statement.

How can I celebrate International Day of Older Persons?

1. Spend some time with an older adult

Regardless of your age, if you take the time to get to know other people‚ÄĒeven people who are close members of your family or immediate community‚ÄĒyou will likely learn something about yourself and grow as a person.

Take some time on International Day of Older Persons and talk to someone who is older than you or if you are an older adult, talk to a friend you haven't spoken to in a while.

2. Take a moment to think about what older adults mean to you

What does an older person mean to you? Is it your friend? Your parents? Maybe it's someone who works at your local grocery store or a neighbor who always makes cookies for the block party.

Whatever the case may be, think about how important these individuals are in your life‚ÄĒand make sure that you let them know how much they mean to you! Not only will this help them feel good about themselves, but it will remind yourself how special they are.

3. Volunteer your time

There are many ways in which you can help older people. Find out about organizations in your area that work with the elderly, and see what you can do to help them.

Learn more about where you can volunteer to help older adults.

Or if you are an older adult, learn more about how you can become a volunteer from shared by

The United Nations says "enhanced attention to the particular needs and challenges faced by many older people is clearly required." It's important to recognize, as the U.N. also says, "the essential contribution the majority of older men and women can continue to make to the functioning of society."

International Day of Older Persons is a day to celebrate and appreciate the contributions that older people make to society.

It's an opportunity to recognize the contributions that older people make to our society, and to acknowledge how much they deserve respect, dignity and care.

Sep 26, 2022