Health Days 2013
International Day of Older Persons
 
 “The future we want: what older persons are saying”

“Longevity is a public health achievement, not a social or economic liability.  On this International Day of Older Persons, let us pledge to ensure the well-being of older persons and to enlist their meaningful participation in society so we can all benefit from their knowledge and ability.”
UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon

In 1990, the United Nations General Assembly designated 1 October the International Day of Older Persons. This was preceded by aging-associated initiatives aiming to respond to the opportunities and challenges of population ageing in the 21st century. It also seeks to draw attention to this segment of the society and their problems, as well as making out the strategies that would ensure their dignity and happiness. The International Day of Older Persons should be taken as an opportunity for promoting the rights of the elderly, and ensure their ultimate contribution to the society's activity.

The world is getting older. In the next 50 years, the number of older persons will nearly quadruple, growing from about 600 million to almost 2 billion senior citizens. Today, one in every ten is 60 years and older. By 2050, one out of every five will be an older person, and by 2150, one third of the people in the world are expected to be 60 years of age or older. 

Theme of the International Day of Older Persons:
 “The future we want: what older persons are saying”

 
Internationally approved date: 1/10/2013
Domestically approved date: 25/11/1434H
 
Targeted Groups:

  • Older persons of both genders.
  • Governmental institutions.
  • Civil associations and institutions.
  • Individuals and families interested in caring for the elderly.
  • Workers in the field of health care and rehabilitation of the elderly.
  • Health workers at health centers.

Objectives and General Messages of the International Day of Older Persons:

  • Raising awareness of the importance of providing the elderly with the same preventive, curative and rehabilitation services received by the other age groups.
  • Enhancing health services and preventive measures against both infectious and non-infectious diseases, in addition to providing technology assistance, and care services in the domain of rehabilitation.
  • Training health staff in this field.
  • Providing the health facilities necessary for meeting the older persons needs
  • Prompting other effective entities, such as non-governmental organizations and families, to support individuals, towards pursuing a healthy lifestyle.
  • Fostering cooperation between governmental institutions, families and individuals, with a view to preparing a proper environment for the health, well-being and prosperity of the elderly.

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