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International Older Persons Day Oct 1st

International Older Persons Day

International Older Persons Day was established in 1990 and recognises the vital role that older people fulfil in communities around the world. The United Nations theme for 2023 was “Fulfilling the Promises of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights for Older Persons: Across Generations”. This theme challenges ageism. In Ireland, the recent Census demonstrated that over 126,000 people aged 65+ volunteer regularly, making up almost 1 in 5 of all volunteers nationwide. There are over 83,000 people aged 65+ who are still employed. Nearly 42,000 people aged 65+ are carers to spouses, family members and friends. In Ireland, it is estimated that people over 70 years of age provide childcare to over 131,000 grandchildren and financial assistance to over 128,000 offspring (TILDA).

Social media and online articles provided evidence on the work of various organisations such as ALONE, Age Action who identified challenges and issues faced by older persons. In Ireland, issues raised included loneliness, poverty, social housing requirements and caregiver burden. Internationally it is recognised that older people need to be supported, to capitalise on opportunities associated with digital technological developments while highlighting the need for information, safeguards, supports.

International Day of Older Persons is an opportunity for society to reaffirm its commitment to older people and celebrate the positive impact they have made and continue to make. AIGNA promotes healthy ageing and aims to enhance the quality of care through research and education events and information sharing through its website and newsletter. AIGNA’s on-line masterclass on October 20th will provide updates regarding nursing and older persons services, dementia, advanced nurse practice, assisted decision making. Presenters are experts in their chosen topic areas.