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International Day of Older Persons! “The Journey to Age Equality”

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International Day of Older Persons! “The Journey to Age Equality”

October 1 was designated as an International Day of Older Persons by the United Nations General Assembly on 14 December 1990. This is an opportunity to highlight the important contributions that older people make to society and raise awareness of the opportunities and challenges of ageing in today’s world.

This year International Day of Older Persons is focusing on The Journey to Age Equality. The theme for 2019 is “The Journey to Age Equality”

The 2019 theme aims to:

  • Draw attention to the existence of old age inequalities and how this often results from a cumulation of disadvantages throughout life, and highlight intergenerational risk of increased old age inequalities.
  • Bring awareness to the urgency of coping with existing — and preventing future — old age inequalities.
  • Explore societal and structural changes in view of life course policies: lifelong learning, proactive and adaptive labour policies, social protection and universal health coverage.
  • Reflect on best practices, lessons and progress on the journey to ending older age inequalities and changing negative narratives and stereotypes involving “old age.


Accelerate health equity for older people and advance universal health coverage

Health services must stop leaving older people behind – WHO

”Take A Stand Against Ageism” – International day of older people 2016

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