International Day of Older Persons 2022: Theme, History, Significance, Quotes, Hastag, Objectives and more

Publish Date: 30 Sep, 2022
International Day of Older Persons 2022: Theme, History, Significance, Quotes, Hastag, Objectives and more

International Day of Older Persons 2022: Every year on October 1, the United Nations observes the International Day of Older Persons to recognise the contributions of older people and to look at the problems that older people experience or that have an impact on their life.

International Day of Older Persons 2022: Hashtag

The International Day of Older Persons 2022 can follow on social media through the hashtag #UNIDOP2022.


International Day of Older Persons 2022: Theme

International Day of Older Persons 2022 is “Resilience of Older Persons in a Changing World”, reminds us of the significant contributions that older people still have to make in all our lives. During the COVID-19 pandemic, for example, we saw many retired health workers return to work to help protect their communities. In Africa, millions of families also rely heavily on older relatives, from caring for grandchildren, to contributing much-needed income to households.


International Day of Older Persons 2022: Objectives

  • To highlight the resilience of older women in the face of environmental, social, economic and lifelong inequalities

  • To raise awareness of the importance of improved world-wide data collection, disaggregated by age and gender

  • To call on member states, UN entities, UN Women, and civil society to include older women in the center of all policies, ensuring gender equality as described in the Secretary-General’s report, Our Common Agenda


International Day of Older Persons: History

On 14 December 1990, the United Nations General Assembly passed Resolution 45/106, designating October 1 as International Day of the Elderly. The actions were done under the Vienna International Plan of Action on Aging, which was approved by the UN General Assembly and the World Assembly on Ageing in 1982.

The United Nations Principles for Older Persons were adopted by the General Assembly in 1991. The Madrid International Plan of Action on Aging was approved by the Second World Assembly on Ageing in 2002. In addition to advancing the growth of a society for all ages, it was done in response to the opportunities and problems presented by the population's ageing in the twenty-first century.


International Day of Older Persons: Quotes

  • “Gray hair is the glory of a long life.”― Lailah Gifty Akita

  • “Those who respect the elderly pave their own road toward success.”– African proverb

  • “It is gracious to have old people full of vitality and endowed with wisdom in our society.”― Lailah Gifty Akita, Pearls of Wisdom: Great mind

  • “Old age, believe me, is a good and pleasant thing. It is true you are gently shouldered off the stage, but then you are given such a comfortable front stall as spectator.”–Confucius

  • “I suppose real old age begins when one looks backward rather than forward.” - Mary Sarton

  • "Old people love to give good advice; it compensates them for their inability to set a bad example." —Francois de la Rochefoucauld

  • “Grow old along with me! The best is yet to be, the last of life, for which the first was made.”– Robert Browning


Source: un.org


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