International Day for Older Persons
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International Day of the Elderly is celebrated every year on 1 October across the world.
The day is celebrated to spread awareness about the importance of senior citizens in the society and to appreciate their contribution.
Senior citizens carry a lot of responsibility on their shoulders as the leaders of the society.
They also carry forward the traditions, culture of the society and pass on their knowledge and experience to the younger generation.
Older people are also highly vulnerable, with many living in poverty, health problems and discrimination.
This day is also celebrated to focus on the responsibilities of the people to make the life of the elderly people happy.
The theme of International Day of Older Persons, 2022 - "Resilience of Older Persons in a Changing World".
Background of the day
On 14 December 1990, the United Nations General Assembly decided to observe 1 October every year as the International Day of Older Persons.
International Day of Older Persons was celebrated for the first time on 1 October 1991.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the elderly population currently stands at 600 million.
It is poised to double by 2025 and touch 2 billion by 2050.
According to the United Nations Population Fund's 2019 report, India had a population of 1.36 billion elderly people and 6% of the population was 65 years of age or above.
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