“Empowering older people, promoting lifelong physical health, social protection and age appropriate health care are all important. Policymakers need to pay much more attention to the importance of dementia as the most common underlying condition, and, very often, the root cause of older people’s needs for care. Different organizations and people of all levels should play more effective roles along with the government to ensure rights of the older persons.” speakers said in the meeting. YPSA organized three discussion meetings at Guliakhali Knowledge Center, Bhuiyan Para Knowledge Center and Mohalanga Shishu Mela, Sitakund on 1 October to mark the International Day of Older Persons 2013.
Today, world-wide, there are around 600 million persons aged 60 years and over; this total will double by 2025 and will reach virtually two billion by 2050 – the vast majority of them in the developing world.
The United Nations’ (UN) International Day of Older Persons is celebrated annually on October 1 to recognize the contributions of older persons and to examine issues that affect their lives.
The theme of the day this year is “The future we want: what older persons are saying”.
The theme has been chosen to draw attention to the efforts of older persons, civil society organizations, United Nations organizations and Member States to place the issue of ageing on the international development agenda, according to the UN.