International Day for Older Persons – 1st October

  • 1 October 2020 marks the 30th Anniversary of the International Day of Older Persons. The year 2020 is also the 75th Anniversary year of the establishment of the United Nations.
  • As for the dedication of 2020, this year has also been recognised as the “Year of the Nurse and Midwife”.
  • International Day of Older Persons 2020 will highlight the role of the health care workforce in contributing to the health of older persons,

    ○with special recognition of the nursing profession, and a primary focus on the role of women – who are relatively undervalued and in most cases inadequately compensated.

  • The 2020 observance will also promote the Decade of Healthy Ageing (2020-2030);

  • On 14 December 1990, the United Nations General Assembly designated October 1 as the International Day of Older Persons (resolution 45/106).
  • This was preceded by initiatives such as the Vienna International Plan of Action on Ageing, which was adopted by the 1982 World Assembly on Ageing and endorsed later that year by the UN General Assembly.
  • 2020 Theme : Pandemics: Do They Change How We Address Age and Ageing?
  • Ministry of Health and Family Welfare affirmed that the broad aims of the Decade of Healthy Ageing will include evolving convergence within various national health programs and also promoting inter-sectoral coordination with other line Departments/Ministries.
  • Community based organisations, NGOs and multinational agencies will also be involved for developing an implementation framework for multi-sectoral engagement on healthy aging.