International Day of Older Persons 2020

International Day of Older Persons 2020

The International Day of Older Persons is an opportunity to highlight the important contributions that older people make to society and raise awareness of the issues and challenges of ageing in today’s world.

The theme for International Day of Older Persons 2020 is “Pandemics: Do They Change How We Address Age and Ageing?” and Healthy Ageing with the day observing: the health risks posed to older people by pandemics, the contributions older people make to their own health, the role of the health care workforce in contributing to the health of older persons, with special recognition of the nursing profession will also promote the Decade of Healthy Ageing (2020-2030).

  • By 2020, the number of people aged 60 years and older will outnumber children younger than 5 years.
  • Over the next three decades, the number of older persons worldwide is projected to more than double, reaching more than 1.5 billion persons in 2050,and 80% of them will be living in low- and middle-income countries.
  • The COVID-19 pandemic may significantly lower older persons’ incomes and living standards. Already, less than 20% of older persons of retirement age receiving a pension.

Healthy Ageing is possible for every person in every country in the world. Raising awareness and sharing information on Healthy Ageing can help individuals, local communities, organizations and governments realise this possibility. Healthy Ageing is defined by the World report on ageing and health as the process of developing and maintaining the functional ability that enables well-being in older age.

The 2020 theme aims to:

  • Inform participants about the strategic objectives for the Decade of Healthy Ageing.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Present proposals for reducing the health disparities between older persons in the developed and developing countries, so as to “Leave no one behind”.
  • Increase understanding of the impact of COVID-19 on older persons and its impact on health care policy, planning, and attitudes.

Populations around the world are rapidly ageing, with some of the fastest change occurring in low- and middle-income countries. Promoting healthy ageing, and building systems to meet the needs of older adults, will be sound investments in a future where older people have the freedom to be and do what they value.

What COTA NT is doing

  • COTA NT advocates for and works towards an age-friendly, just, inclusive and equitable society for all Territorians over 50 (view our vision and strategic plan)
  • Promoting a positive view of ageing and older people
  • Advocating for an age-friendly Territory (environment)
  • Providing a wide range of opportunities for Territory seniors to enjoy healthy ageing including fitness classes, social occasions, empowerment and education
  • THIS YEAR: COTA NT and Healthy Living NT are hosting ‘The Healthy Brunch‘ on the 1st October – International Day of Older Persons 2020 which includes a presentation about healthy eating, what foods to buy and what exercise to take – and of course something delicious to eat (if you are interested in attending, please know that bookings are required – click here)

How to adapt person-centered health services to ageing populations?

Health for All – Every older person, everywhere, should have access to high quality and person-centred health services. 
That’s why the World Health Organization has published guidelines on Integrated Care for Older People (see resources below).

Quick facts

Fact sheets

More resources

The Global strategy and action plan on ageing and health

WHO-World Report on Ageing and Health

WHO-Global Strategy and Plan of Action on Ageing and Health

Integrated Care of Older People

Integrated Care of Older People WHO Handbook

Health and wellbeing – active ageing, nutrition and lifestyle advice

Source: World Health Organisation

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