The elderly community has always played a vital role in our society as community leaders and preservers of our traditions.
They are though a vulnerable group of which many fall into poverty and live day by day with limitations. Despite improvements within the healthcare system, the aging group is growing every year and so are their needs. The International Day of Older Persons is to create awareness about the value and to recognize the important contributions of this group in our community. It also serves as an opportunity to create awareness of the opportunities and challenges of the aging community in today’s world.
The Elderly Care sector wants to create awareness and empower the aging group in all aspects of development, including the promotion of active participation in our society, economy, and politics to have an inclusive role and to help reduce inequality.
2019 Theme: "The Journey to Age Equality"The 2019 theme is aligned with Sustainable Development Goal 10 (SDG 10) and focuses on pathways of coping with existing — and preventing future — old age inequalities.
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 old age inequalities;
- Bring awareness to the urgency of coping with existing — and preventing future — old age inequalities;
- Explore societal and structural changes regarding life course policies.
- Reflect on best practices, lessons, and progress on the journey to ending older age inequalities and changing negative narratives and stereotypes involving "old age."
For more information please contact the DESPA’s, Elderly Care Sector at Tel 522-4345