October 1 is observed as International Day of Older Persons (IDOP) every year since 1991. On December 14, 1990 the United Nations General Assembly voted to establish October 1 as the International Day of Older Persons as recorded in Resolution 45/106. The day is celebrated by raising awareness about issues affecting the elderly, such as senescence and elder abuse. It is also a day to appreciate the contributions that older people make to society.
2015 Theme: Sustainability and Age Inclusiveness in the Urban Environment.
The 2015 IDOP celebration seeks to demonstrate that an age inclusive agenda is crucial for sustainable urban environments to promote equity, welfare and shared prosperity for all.
Points to Note
- In India one out of every six older persons living in urban areas in India aren’t obtaining proper nutrition.
- One out of every three older persons does not obtain sufficient health care or medicine.
- One out of every two older persons don’t receive due respect or good conduct from family members or people in general.
- The minimum age for availing concession is 58 years in case of WOMEN SENIOR CITIZENS.
- The minimum age for availing concession is 60 years in case of MEN SENIOR CITIZENS.