International Day of Older Persons

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International Day of Older People
“La ciudad es nuestra”, lema para conmemorar el Día Internacional de las Personas Mayores (02).jpg
Plaque in Madrid, Spain, celebrating the International Day of Older People
Observed byAll UN member states
DateOctober 1
Next time1 October 2023 (2023-10-01)

The International Day of Older People is observed on October 1 each year.

On December 14, 1990 the United Nations General Assembly voted to establish October 1 as the International Day of Older People as recorded in Resolution 45/106.[1] The holiday was observed for the first time on October 1, 1991.[2]

The observance is a focus of ageing organizations and the United Nations Programme on Ageing.

Annual Themes[edit]

  • 1998 & 2000: Towards A Society for All Ages.[3]
  • 2004: Older Persons in an Intergenerational Society.
  • 2005: Ageing in the New Millennium.
  • 2006: Improving the Quality of Life for Older Persons: Advancing UN Global Strategies.
  • 2007: Addressing the Challenges and Opportunities of Ageing.
  • 2008: Rights of Older Persons.[4]
  • 2009: Celebrating the 10th Anniversary of the International Year of Older Persons: Towards a Society for All Ages.
  • 2010: Older Persons and the Achievement of the MDGs.
  • 2011: The Growing Opportunities & Challenges of Global Ageing.[5]
  • 2012: Longevity: Shaping the Future.[6]
  • 2013: The Future We Want: What Older Persons are Saying.[7]
  • 2014: Leaving No One Behind: Promoting a Society for All.[8]
  • 2015: Sustainability and Age Inclusiveness in the Urban Environment.
  • 2016: Take a Stand Against Ageism.
  • 2017: Stepping into the Future: Tapping the Talents, Contributions and Participation of Older Persons in Society.
  • 2018: Celebrating Older Human Rights Champions.
  • 2019: The Journey to Age Equality.[9]
  • 2020: Pandemics: Do They Change How We Address Age and Ageing?
  • 2021: Digital Equity for All Ages.[10]
  • 2022: Resilience of Older Persons in a Changing World.


There is an initiative to celebrate October 1 as the International Longevity Day in order to draw attention to aging as a medical challenge that requires, first of all, biomedical solution.[11][12][13][14][15][16]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Resolution 45/106
  2. ^ Ideas for observing this day
  4. ^ "The Rights of Older People: One of The Most Neglected Areas in Advancing Human Rights in Africa – The African Centre for Democracy and Human Rights Studies". Retrieved 2022-10-20.
  5. ^ "Google Scholar". Retrieved 2022-10-20.
  6. ^ "October 01 – International Day of Older Persons (World Elders Day). Theme for 2012: "Longevity: Shaping the Future"". EXAMS CORNER. 2012-10-01. Retrieved 2022-10-20.
  7. ^ "The future older persons want | DESANews - United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs". Retrieved 2022-10-20.
  8. ^ "Leaving no one behind, promoting a society for all". UNFPA Asiapacific. 2014-12-01. Retrieved 2022-10-20.
  9. ^ "International Day of Older Persons 2019: 'The Journey to Age Equality' | AGE Platform". Retrieved 2022-10-20.
  10. ^ "International Day of Older Persons 2021: Date, history, significance and theme". Hindustan Times. 2021-09-30. Retrieved 2021-10-01.
  11. ^ "October 1st is International Longevity Day". Fight Aging!. 2013-10-01.
  12. ^ Ilia Stambler (2013-10-29). "Celebrations of the International Longevity Day around the World". IEET.
  13. ^ "International Longevity Day". Huntington University. 2015-09-17.
  14. ^ Stambler, Ilia; Milova, Elena (2019-05-08). Gu, Danan; Dupre, Matthew E. (eds.). "Longevity Activism". Encyclopedia of Gerontology and Population Aging: 1–7. doi:10.1007/978-3-319-69892-2_395-1. ISBN 978-3-319-69892-2.
  15. ^ "ILA announces the call for the Longevity Activism Prize". LongeCity. 2020-08-03.
  16. ^ José Luis Cordeiro (2020-10-03). "Día Internacional de la Longevidad" [The International Longevity Day]. El Universal (in Spanish).

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