International Day for Older Persons

Date: 1 October

Organized By:UN

Categories:General Knowledge, Day-Week-Year-Importance

Suggested For: Bank Exams, Civil Services Exam, MBA Exams, UPSC Exams, SSC Exams



On 14 December 1990, the United Nations General Assembly decided to observe 1 October as the International Day of Older Persons by the resolution 45/106.

The observance is to raising awareness about issues affecting the elderly, such as senescence and elder abuse. It is also a day to appreciate the contributions that older people make to society. Older persons can transmit their experience and knowledge, caring responsibilities, etc. to the coming generation.

Actions and Programs

Many events and actions taking place as part of observation. In 1991, the General Assembly adopted the United Nations Principles for Older Persons. In 2002, the Second World Assembly on Ageing adopted the Madrid International Plan of Action on Ageing to respond to the opportunities and challenges of population ageing in the 21st century and to promote the development of a society for all ages.

This day is observed with many events such as interview with senior citizens on various issues, honoring senior citizens of the society for their contribution to the society, seminars or conferences to show the importance of senior citizens and their contribution.


2014: Leaving No One Behind: Promoting a Society for All

2013: The future we want: what older persons are saying

2012: Longevity: Shaping the Future

2011: Launch of Madrid+10: The Growing Opportunities and Challenges of Global Ageing

2010: Older persons and the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)

2009: Celebrating the 10th Anniversary for the International Year of Older Persons: Towards a Society for All Ages

2008: Rights of Older Persons

2007: Addressing the Challenges and Opportunities of Ageing

2006: Improving the Quality of Life for Older Persons: Advancing UN Global Strategies

2005: Ageing in the new millennium. Focus on poverty, older women and development

2004: Older persons in an intergenerational society



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