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).

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:

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

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