India Joins The World In Celebrating International Day Of Older Persons, To Present 13 Awards

| October 1 , 2018 , 11:26 IST

Older people have always played a significant role in society, as leaders, caretakers and custodians of tradition. The International Day of Older Persons is observed on October 1 each year.

On December 14, 1990, the United Nations General Assembly voted to establish this day to raise 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.

This year's theme is “Celebrating Older Human Rights Champions” which aims to:

  1. Promote the rights enshrined in the Declaration and what it means in the daily lives of older persons;
  2. Raise the visibility of older people as participating members of society committed to improving the enjoyment of human rights in many areas of life and not just those that affect them immediately;
  3. Reflect on progress and challenges in ensuring the full and equal enjoyment of human rights and fundamental freedoms by older persons; and
  4. Engage broad audiences across the world and mobilize people for human rights at all stages of life.

The Indian government has taken this day as an opportunity to do their bit for our older people in ways like:

  • Healthy Aging India in association with the Rotary Club International and the AIIMS will launch a mobile health van to provide a comprehensive healthcare at the doorsteps to destitute elderly people residing in old-age homes in the National Capital Region (NCR).
  • The Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) will provide free travelling facility to the elderly in its buses on the occasion of Senior Citizens Day on October 1, a spokesperson of the public transporter said.
  • The Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment decided in the year 2005 to confer ''Vayoshreshtha Samman'' to eminent senior citizens and Institutions in recognition for their service to elderly persons, especially indigent senior citizens. The “Vayoshrestha Samman” was elevated to the level of national awards under 13 categories. The awards will be conferred on Monday.

Old age is a fate that awaits us all. It's time that people got to know that older people are still viable. Older people are so often invisible and marginalised. What we are noting at this moment is that this veil of invisibility is uplifting. Let us give them platforms and scope to inspire us and make it a call to action for all generations. Change the way you think about age.           


Let us make them believe that ageing is a success, not a burden.