Basic Information about IDOP
International Day for Older Persons is an annual event observed on 1 October to raise awareness about issues affecting the elderly and to appreciate the contributions that older people make to society.
Observed on: 1 October
Organized by: UN
Introduced in: 1990 (UN Resolution)
About International Day for Older Persons
On 14 December 1990, the United Nations General Assembly decided to observe 1 October as the International Day for Older Persons by the resolution 45/106.
The observance is to raising awareness about issues affecting the elderly, such as senescence and elder abuse. It is also a day to appreciate the contributions that older people make to society. Older persons can transmit their experience and knowledge, caring responsibilities, etc. to the coming generation.
Activities and Programs on International Day for Older Persons
Many events and actions taking place as part of observation. In 1991, the General Assembly adopted the United Nations Principles for Older Persons. In 2002, the Second World Assembly on Ageing adopted the Madrid International Plan of Action on Ageing to respond to the opportunities and challenges of population ageing in the 21st century and to promote the development of a society for all ages.
This day is observed with many events such as interview with senior citizens on various issues, honoring senior citizens of the society for their contribution to the society, seminars or conferences to show the importance of senior citizens and their contribution.
Theme for International Day for Older Persons
International Day for Older Persons 2020 Theme is “Pandemics: Do They Change How We Address Age and Ageing?”
International Day for Older Persons 2019 Theme was “The Journey to Age Equality”
Day for Older Persons 2018 Theme was “Celebrating Older Human Rights Champions“
2017 Theme: Stepping into the Future: Tapping the Talents, Contributions and Participation of Older Persons in Society
2016 Theme: Take a Stand Against Ageism
2015 Theme: Sustainability and Age Inclusiveness in the Urban Environment
2014 Theme: Leaving No One Behind: Promoting a Society for All
2013 Theme: The future we want: what older persons are saying
2012 Theme: Longevity: Shaping the Future
2011 Theme: Launch of Madrid+10: The Growing Opportunities and Challenges of Global Ageing
2010 Theme: Older persons and the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)
2009 Theme: Celebrating the 10th Anniversary for the International Year of Older Persons: Towards a Society for All Ages
2008 Theme: Rights of Older Persons
2007 Theme: Addressing the Challenges and Opportunities of Ageing
2006 Theme: Improving the Quality of Life for Older Persons: Advancing UN Global Strategies
2005 Theme: Ageing in the new millennium. Focus on poverty, older women and development
2004 Theme: Older persons in an inter-generational society