- Did You Know..The Int'l Day of Older Person is yearly on Oct 1st? Phyllis Ayman, MS/SLP, CDP, CADDCT, CDCM, CMDCP 51:24
…What Does the International Day of Older Persons Mean to You?
…What are your beliefs about aging….About older people?
…Do You think we value and respect older adults in the US?
…How do you feel about growing older in our society?
…Do you think it’s time that older adults receive dignity, respect, quality of life and quality of
On December 4 1990 the United Nations General Assembly designated Oct 1st to be the
International Day of Older Persons.The overarching theme for the United Nations International Day of Older Persons in 2022 is “Resilience of Older Persons in a Changing World. In doing so, The United Nations is marking the International Day of Older Persons for encouraging countries to draw attention to and challenge negative stereotypes and misconceptions about older adults and aging, enabling older adults to continue their life’s journey with purpose, quality of life, dignity and respect. According to the UN chief, Ending ageism and securing the rights of older persons is an ethical and practical imperative.. He urged the need to address this as a violation of human rights and called for greater legal guarantees of equality for older persons to prevent ageism from resulting in discriminatory policies, laws and treatment.
The World Health Organization (WHO) acknowledging that there is worldwide and widespread negative attitudes towards older adults and has called out these ageist attitudes, as it’s widely known that these attitudes are detrimental to the older person’s self-esteem, self-worth, physical and mental health.
John Beard, the director of the World Health Organization, of Ageng and Life Course, stated in a news release that, “Most people are completely unaware of the subconscious stereotypes they hold about older people, He further states that when we can stop defining people by their age, we can have more prosperous, equitable and healthier societies.”