About International Day of Older Persons
1 October every year: Raising awareness of the impact of an ageing population and the need to ensure people can grow old with dignity.
Over the next 50 years, the number of older persons in the world will grow from about 600 million to almost 2 billion. Today, one person in ten is aged 60 or over – by 2050, this will be one person in five, and by 2150, one in three.
Such a major demographic change presents huge challenges. The International Day of Older Persons aims to raise awareness of the impact of an ageing population and the need to ensure that people can grow old with dignity and continue to participate in society as citizens with full rights.
By 2020, the number of people aged 60 years and older will outnumber children younger than 5 years.Find out more