International Day Of Older Persons 2020: International Day Of Older Persons is observed every year on October 1. The day was established by the United Nations to focus and raise awareness about the well-being and needs of elderly people. According to experts, senior citizens have been the worst-hit by coronavirus as they are the most vulnerable. Mental health issues and loneliness of elderly people need special attention.
According to UN Secretary-General António Guterres, “The COVID-19 pandemic is causing untold fear and suffering for older people across the world. Beyond its immediate health impact, the pandemic is putting older people at greater risk of poverty, discrimination and isolation. It is likely to have a particularly devastating impact on older people in developing countries.”
10 things know about International Day Of Older Persons 2020
1. In 2019, there were 703 million persons aged 65 or over across the world.
2. UN: By 2050, one in six people worldwide will be over 65 (16%), up from one in 11 in 2019 (9%)
3. As per the UN, 2020 to 2030 is the ‘Decade of Healthy Ageing’
4. In the next 30 years, the number of older persons is projected to be more than double worldwide.
5. 80% of them will be in low and middle-income countries
6. Government report says, older persons in India are facing problems in the absence of adequate social security
7. WHO report: One in six people aged 60 and over faced some form of abuse last year
8. Government report indicates that the number of 60-plus people in India will increase to 14.3 crores in 2021 and 17.3 crores in 2026
9. According to WHO, 15.7 percent of people 60 years and older are subjected to abuse.
10. UN: COVID-19 pandemic has affected the incomes of elderly people.
How to celebrate International Day Of Older Persons 2020?
Celebrate International Day Of Older Persons at your home by spending time with your grandparents, respect them, love them, and ask them if they need anything. Make sure they are not lonely.