Did you know that today 1 October is the International Day of Older Persons? Its purpose is to recognize the contributions of older persons and to examine issues affecting their (our) lives.
This year's theme is Longevity: Shaping the future. The UN Secretary-General has this message for the day:
"Longevity is a public health achievement, not a social or economic liability. On this International Day of Older Persons, let us pledge to ensure the well-being of older persons and to enlist their meaningful participation in society so we can all benefit from their knowledge and ability."Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
World-wide the human population is getting older. Today 1 in 10 people is over 60. It is estimated that by 2050 this will be 1 in 5 and by 2150 it could be 1 in 3. This video celebrates older people and introduces 21st century challenges to be faced with regard to an ageing population.
Image Credit: Seniors Icon, Wikimedia Commons