International Day of Older Persons was marked this week to raise awareness of the issues facing seniors across the world.
Recognised worldwide on 1 October 2014 the day aims to raises awareness about issues affecting seniors and provides an opportunity to appreciate the contributions older people make to society.
The 2014 international theme is “Leaving No One Behind: Promoting a Society for All” which supports National Seniors’ own calls for a socially inclusive society for all ages.
“Older persons make wide-ranging contributions to economic and social development. However, discrimination and social exclusion persist,” United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said.
“We must overcome this bias in order to ensure a socially and economically active, secure and healthy ageing population.”
The day was designated by the United Nations General Assembly on 14 December 1990.