On October 1st we celebrate the International Day of Older Persons.
First observed in 1991, the General Assembly of the United Nations designated this special day to draw attention to the important contribution of seniors and to changing demographics: the greying of the population, or the "age of aging."
The theme of the International Day of Older Persons 2019 is, “The Journey to Age Equality.”
This year’s theme aligns with the role that retirees and older persons play within Unifor, our Union formally recognizes their engagement and understands the essential contributions retirees and older persons make to our communities and to our Union.
“Older persons are a valuable aspect of our society and their contributions are needed to strengthen communities and to have a functioning society,” says Les MacDonald Chair Unifor Retired Workers Council and Unifor National Executive Board member. “It is important to recognize that development will only be achieved if it is inclusive of all ages.”
Unifor retirees continue to fight for improved standards of living, whether it be through employer provided pensions, government pensions, fighting for better and more inclusive healthcare, dental care and a national pharmacare program.
The “The Journey to Age Equality” theme reminds all of us of the role and the importance of including older persons to ensure that no one is left behind.
Between 2015 and 2030, the number of older persons worldwide is set to increase from 901 million to 1.4 billion, the number of people aged 60 and older will exceed that of young people aged 15 -24.
To achieve equality attention to the particular needs and challenges faced by many older people is required.
Empowering older persons by active participation in social, economic and political life is one way to ensure their inclusiveness and to reduce inequalities.
Senior and retired workers will hold events across the country in recognition of International Day of Older Persons, if you are not hosting an event, look for one in a community near you, come out and help recognize the contributions of Older Persons.
For further information please contact Barb Dolan, Director Retired Workers Department at 416.998.3954 or email@example.com.