Canada’s National Seniors Day is celebrated annually on October 1st. The occasion is an opportunity to show your appreciation for the nearly 5 million older adults in Canada and to talk about issues facing the elderly. Check out the National Seniors Day Toolkit for resources and ideas to help you celebrate the older adults in your life and community.
The World Health Organization celebrates International Day of Older Persons on October 1st also. This year’s theme is Leaving No One Behind: Promoting a Society for All. To help celebrate International Day of Older Persons, HelpAge International ‘has launched the second Global AgeWatch Index – the only international index that ranks 96 countries according to the social and economic well-being of their older people.’ Canada continues to top the ranks at 4th place, up from 5th place in 2013.
International Day of Older Persons gives older adults a voice. Here is a small sampling of how different countries are talking about the day:
Australia – new.com.au
‘On International Day of Older Persons we spoke to three people to hear their tales of growing up, growing old and the lessons they have learnt along the way.’
Thailand – Bangkok Post
‘There are nearly 10 million elderly people in Thailand, most have chronic disease and about 200,000 are dependent on others, permanent health secretary Narong Sahametapat said on Wednesday. On the occasion of International Day of Older Persons, Oct 1, Dr Narong quoted Mahidol University as reporting that were 9.93 million Thai people aged 60 and over this year, and they formed 15% of the total population.’
Ireland – The Southern Star
‘October 1st is International Day of Older People and ALONE, the charity that cares for older people in need, is highlighting the fact that one in five Irish older people live in deprivation.’
Norway – BBC Newsworld
‘Norway is the best place to grow old, according to an index of the quality of later life in 96 countries.’
South Africa – AllAfrica
‘President Jacob Zuma has wished all senior citizens well on International Day of Older Persons, which is celebrated on 1 October. Many still contribute their wisdom and knowledge in the professional environment while many others remain powerful reservoirs of knowledge for the younger generation.’
Let us know how you are celebrating Seniors Day and Day of Older Persons in your community.