UN International Day of Older Persons or #UNDOP

Today is International Day of Older Persons, so what’s that all about? We do have an aging population and we should respect our elders, but what are the aims of today?

The objectives of UNIDOP 2020 are to:

  1. Inform participants about the strategic objectives for the Decade of Healthy Ageing
  2. Raise awareness of the special health needs of older persons and of their contributions to their own health and to the functioning of the societies in which they live
  3. Increase awareness and appreciation of the role of the health care workforce in maintaining and improving the health of older persons, with special attention to the nursing profession
  4. Present proposals for reducing the health disparities between older persons in the developed and developing countries, so as to “Leave no one behind”
  5. Increase understanding of the impact of COVID-19 on older persons and its impact on health care policy, planning, and attitudes.

The event is co-organized by the NGO Committee on Ageing, New York and DESA, and co-sponsored the Permanent Mission of Argentina to the United Nations, in collaboration with the Group of Friends of Older Persons. The event will bring diverse participants from NGOs, Member States, academia and civil society.

The commemorative event will be held virtually on, 1 October 2020 from 9am to 12 pm (New York time).

Age UK are continually fighting to protect the rights of older people in Britain. If you’d like to help them, you can visit their homepage and sign a petition about social care funding, there is also information detailing how you can help with their campaigns.

My Granddad is in his 90s and fought in WW2. My parents are both in their late 70s and were born during WW2. Let’s make life a bit better for our older people. Maybe that’s a phone call to an older friend or relative, a quick social distanced visit to make sure they’re okay or help campaign for older people’s rights. Thank you.

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