Saturday, October 01, 2005

October 1, World Elders Day

Power of Old, originally uploaded by Jeevan_.

Every Day they are celebrating a Day. Today is World Elders Day.

In all countries, and in developing countries in particular, measures to help older people remain healthy and active are a necessity, not a luxury. A demographic revolution is underway throughout the world. Today, world-wide, there are around 600 million persons aged 60 years and over; this total will double by 2025 and will reach virtually two billion by 2050 - the vast majority of them in the developing world.

In our fast ageing world, older people will increasingly play a critical role - through volunteer work, transmitting experience and knowledge, helping their families with caring responsibilities and increasing their participation in the paid labour force. Already now, older persons make major contributions to society. For instance, throughout Africa –and elsewhere - millions of adult AIDS patients are cared for at home by their parents. On their death, orphaned children left behind (currently, 14 million under the age of 15 in African countries alone) are mainly looked after by their grandparents.

It is not only in developing countries that older persons' role in development is critical. In Spain for example, caring for dependent and sick individuals (of all ages) is mostly done by older people (particularly older women); the average number of minutes per day spent in providing such care increases exponentially with the carers age: 201 minutes if the carer is in the age group 65-74 and 318 minutes if aged 75-84 - compared to only 50 minutes if the carer is in the age group 30-49 (Duran H, Fundacion BBVA, 2002).

Such contributions to development can only be ensured if older persons enjoy adequate levels of health, for which appropriate policies need to be in place. In line with the Madrid International Plan of Action, the World Health Organization launched in 2002 a document "Active Ageing - A Policy Framework", outlining its approaches and perspectives for healthy ageing throughout the life course.

· In 2000, there were 600 million people aged 60 and over; there will be 1.2 billion by 2025 and 2 billion by 2050.
· Today, about two thirds of all older people are living in the developing world; by 2025, it will be 75%.
· In the developed world, the very old (age 80+) is the fastest growing population group.
· Women outlive men in virtually all societies; consequently in very old age, the ratio of women/men is 2:1.

I plan to create a Blog for Days. Because every day, there was a day to celebrate.


SongOfSoul said...

Good idea Jeevan. Go ahead and create a DAY BLOG :-) That will be fun.
Have fun,

Jeevan said...

Suman - Thanks, i will soon create a Day blog. have a fun.

Aatma said...

Hey jeevan, good info, try to put the information in the side bar.

Jeevan said...

Aatma - thanks friend, ya i will try to put it on side bar.

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