“Pandemics: Do They Change How We Address Age and Ageing?” That’s the theme for this year’s observance of International Day of Older Persons.
On December 14th 1990, the United Nations General Assembly designated 1st October as International Day of Older Persons and the year 2020 marks the 30th anniversary of the day.
The day is celebrated by raising awareness about issues affecting the elderly, such as elder abuse.
It is also a day to appreciate the contributions that older people make to society.
According to un.org, globally, there were 703 million persons aged 65 or over in 2019. The region of Eastern and South-Eastern Asia was home to the largest number of older persons with (261 million), followed by Europe and Northern America with (over 200 million).
Nevis’ Minister of Community Development and Social Services, is the Hon. Eric Evelyn: