Jaipur commemorates contributions of senior citizens on International Day of Older Persons
International Day of Older Persons is being observed in Jaipur today at Indira Gandhi Pachayati Raj Bhavan to honour the elderly people who have contributed to the societal causes despite their age. According to Virender Punia, Chairperson of the Rajasthan State Varishath Jan Board, the function is organized to commemorate contributions of the senior citizens of the city.
The International Day of Older Persons was established in 1990 by the United Nations General Assembly, to be observed on October 1 to commemorate the 'UN World
Assembly on Aging' that was held on this date in 1982 to explore and tend to the needs of the elderly in the world. Since then, it has become an annual event around the world by organizing various activities to recognize contributions of older persons.
The observance is meant to raise awareness about issues affecting the elderly, such as senescence and elder abuse along with appreciating the contributions that older people make towards the society. In the present world wherein nuclear families are becoming a norm, there is all the more need to respect and reconnect with the elderly.
World Health Organization (WHO) has brought out a document titled "Active Ageing - A Policy Framework" outlining its approaches and perspectives for healthy ageing throughout life. According to WHO, in the fast ageing world, older people can increasingly play a critical role in society through volunteer work; transmitting experience and knowledge; helping their families with care and responsibility, and increasing their participation in the paid labour force.
WHO feels that the elder abuse is a problem that exists in both developing and developed countries, yet it is typically underreported globally. "Prevalence rates or estimates exist only in selected developed countries - ranging from 1% to 10%. Although the extent of elder mistreatment is unknown, its social and moral significance is obvious," informs WHO on its web site.
"Ageing is a development issue. Healthy older persons are a resource for their families, their communities and the economy," says WHO Brasilia declaration on healthy ageing.