International Day of the Older Persons

ORANJESTAD – The United Nations designated October 1 the International Day of Older Persons. 

This year marks the 75th anniversary of the United Nations and the 30th anniversary of the International Day of the Older Persons.

The Department of Public Health’s section for Elderly Care (Dienst Ouderenzorg) is grateful to all nurses that have been working hard to protect the elderly especially since March 2020.

This year the world also encountered the Covid9 pandemic, which caused big anxiety. Considering the vulnerability the older persons are confronting due to the Covid19 pandemic, the management and programs for intervention should be aimed at creating awareness for their special needs.

International Day of the Older Persons 2020 emphasizes the important role of those working in healthcare, for their work in the healthcare of the elderly, with special recognition to the nursing personnel.
2020 has been proclaimed as the Year of Nurse and the Midwife emphasizing primarily on the important role of women, who on many occasions are not appreciated or being adequately rewarded.

International Day of the Older Persons

The 2020 observance will also promote the Decade of Healthy Ageing (2020-2030) and will help  to bring together UN experts, civil society, government, and the health professions to discuss the five strategic objectives of the Global Strategy and Action plan on Ageing and Health. The global strategy is well integrated into the Sustainable Development Goals ( SDGs), while aging issues cut across the 17 goals, especially Goal 3 that aims to “ensure healthy lives and promote the well-being of all at all ages”.

As stated by Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus (Director-General, WHO) “acting on the strategy, is a means for countries to implement the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and ensure that every human being regardless of age will have an opportunity to fulfill their potential in dignity and equality”

The 2020 theme aims to:

  • Inform participants about the strategic objectives for the Decade of Healthy Aging.
  • Raise awareness of the health care needs of elderly persons and the contributions to their health and the functioning of the societies in which they live.
  • Increase awareness and appreciation of the role of the health care workforce in maintaining and improving the health of older persons, with special attention to the nursing profession
  • Present proposals for reducing the health disparities between older persons in the developed and developing countries, to “Leave no one behind”
  • Increase understanding of the impact of COVID-19 on older persons and its impact on health care policy, planning, and attitudes.

The Department of Public Health’s section for Elderly Care (Dienst Ouderenzorg) wants to thank all nurses that have been working hard to protect the elderly. They are also grateful to the elderly for their support and hard work for Aruba. Let’s keep working together to fight against the pandemic and surpass these tough days. Happy International Day of the Older Persons to all elderly, Care centers, and activity center providing care to the older persons.

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