The World Day of Older Persons is celebrated every year on August 21 to recognize the achievements of the world’s oldest representatives. The day provides an opportunity to show appreciation to seniors for their dedication, achievements and services they provide throughout their lives.
Among other leaders, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik took to Twitter on Sunday to extend his wishes on the occasion, writing, “Seniors play a vital role in enriching the our society with their wisdom, knowledge and experience. On World Older People’s Day, we recognize the difficulties they face and pledge to give them the love, care and respect they deserve.” Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant also urged people to “express our gratitude for the wisdom and love” that the elderly share with us.
On August 19, 1988, then-President of the United States Ronald Reagan signed a proclamation declaring August 21 as Senior Citizens Day in the country. The same has been observed globally since then as well.
Over the next three decades, the number of elderly people worldwide is expected to more than double, reaching over 1.5 billion by 2050 according to a United Nations report. The coronavirus pandemic “has exacerbated existing inequalities, and the past three years have intensified the socioeconomic, environmental, health and climate impacts on the lives of older people,” especially older women who make up the majority of the elderly, he said. add the international body. Thus, the World Day of Older Persons serves as an opportunity and reminder to spread awareness, highlight and address the challenges and celebrate the milestones of older people.
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