Let’s celebrate the Day of Older Persons!

by Annalisa Lista - 2013.10.01
Let’s celebrate the Day of Older Persons!
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Today, the International Day of Older Persons is being celebrated. This year, the event organized by UN focuses on the theme “The future we want: what older persons are saying”, a subject chosen to draw attention to the efforts of older people, civil society organizations, United Nations  organizations  and  Member  States  to  place  the  issue  of  ageing  on  the international development agenda. The population ageing is one the major and most difficult challenges of all time. By 2050, the number of older persons will be twice the number of children in developed countries and the number of older persons in developing countries is expected to double. Despite difficulties in facing the population aging, especially for healthcare services needed, old people represent one of the most precious social resources. Thanks to the enormous contributions in terms of life experiences, help with children and strong values that only do good to society.  Unfortunately, we also hear about elderly who have not a voice in some contexts or are mistreated, or even lack basic services to their care. Today, then, - says UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, represents an occasion for calling on countries and people to commit to remove barriers to full inclusion and participation in everyday life of this important pillar of society while protecting their righst and dignity.

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