The Journey to Age Equality
Sixty Counts: it’s the International Day of Older Persons. This United Nations-designated day spotlights age equality. It offers everyone around the world an opportunity to highlight and celebrate the important contributions that older people make to society. Moreover, it raises awareness of the opportunities and challenges of aging in today’s world.
The UN designates October 1 as “International Day of Older Persons.” This year’s theme is “The Journey to Age Equality,” which focuses on pathways of coping with existing (and preventing future) old age inequalities. The theme is aligned with SDG 10 – The 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which recognize that development will only be achievable if it is inclusive of all ages. Empowering older persons in all dimensions of development — including promoting their active participation in social, economic and political life — is one way to ensure their inclusiveness and reduce inequalities.
“SDG 10 sets to reduce inequality within — and among — countries, and aims to ‘ensure equal opportunity and reduce inequalities of outcome,’ including through measures to eliminate discrimination, and to ’empower and promote the social, economic and political inclusion of all, irrespective of age, sex, disability, race, ethnicity, origin, religion or economic or other status.'”
THE STATISTICAL FACTS
Almost 700 million people are now over the age of 60
The number of persons aged 60 years or over is projected to grow by 46% (from 962 million to 1.4 billion) — globally outnumbering youth plus children under the age of 10 (between 2017 and 2030)
By 2050, 2 billion people, over 20 percent of the world’s population will be 60 or older
The developing world will have the greatest increase in the number of older people
Asia will be the region in the developing world with the largest number of older persons
Africa faces the largest proportionate growth
The facts say it all! Sixty Counts: It’s the International Day of Older Persons. It is clear that enhanced attention to the particular needs and challenges faced by many older people is necessary. Equally important is the essential contribution the majority of older men and women can continue to make to the functioning of society if adequate guarantees are in place. Human rights lie at the core of all efforts in this regard.
Sixty counts! Population aging is poised to become one of the most significant social transformations of the 21st century. Older persons Socially Sparked® our lives and continue to do so. The journey to age equality is ongoing. We salute our older persons and celebrate International Older Persons Day. Join us. — Abbe is Socially Sparked — Tweet @asparks01 & @sosparkednews