About International Day of Older Persons
This day was established in 1991 by the United Nations and aims to raise awareness of the impact of an ageing population and the need to ensure people can grow old with dignity.
The message of the day of the elderly is to pass more affection to the elderly, too often forgotten by society and family.
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 aging 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