“By 2050, the number of older persons will be twice the number of children in developed countries, and the number of older persons in developing countries is expected to double. This trend will have profound effects on countries and individuals.”
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (From UN International Day of Older Persons Homepage)
Remember that commercial from that came out around Superbowl 2013? It asked, “How old is the oldest person you know?” Right now, I am grateful to say that the oldest person I know is my grandmother, who is 96 years young. How old is the oldest person you know? How do you help support your elders, at home or abroad?
This year’s International Day of Older Persons theme is “The future we want: what older people are saying”. As the global population grows older and lives longer than any other generation previously, all societal organizations are having to respond to a new demographic of care. This shifting focus of care is perhaps most apparent in health sciences fields, especially when it comes to medical care and public health.
The UN encourages all to “take the opportunity of celebrating this International Day of Older Persons by voting on what is most important for you and your family” at MYworld2015.