World Elderly Day 2023: Theme, History, Importance, Celebration

Each year, World Elderly Day is celebrated on 1 October by people all over the world. The day celebrates and appreciates all the senior citizens around the world and acknowledges their contributions to our society. In addition to this, it also focuses on raising public awareness about the opportunities and challenges faced by the ageing population. Also known as the International Day of Older Persons, the United Nations General Assembly established October 1 as World Elderly Day on December 14, 1990. This article presents some interesting details about World Elderly Day 2023.

World Elderly Day 2023 Overview

EventWorld Elderly Day, International Day of Older Persons
DateOctober 1, 2023
Launched byUnited Nations
Observed byWorldwide
Purpose of celebrationTo celebrate all the senior citizens around the world and acknowledge their contributions to our society.

World Elderly Day 2023 Date

World Elderly Day 2023October 1, 2023Sunday
World Elderly Day 2024October 1, 2024Tuesday
World Elderly Day 2025October 1, 2025Wednesday
World Elderly Day 2026October 1, 2026Thursday
World Elderly Day 2027October 1, 2027Friday

World Elderly Day Significance

There has been a significant growth in the population of older people around the world and over the decades it is projected to be more than double than it is now. By 2050, this population is expected to reach 1.5 billion and the fastest increase is projected to take place in the least developed countries. This will have an impact on almost every aspect of society and therefore it has become crucial to focus on the issues related to older people. The main objective behind observing this special day is to encourage families, communities, and organizations to tackle the difficulties faced by older people such as health problems, social issues, financial insecurities, etc.

UN Decade of Healthy Ageing

The present decade i.e. from 2021 to 2030 has been declared as the United Nations Decade of Healthy Ageing. Aligned with the last ten years of the Sustainable Development Goals, it is a global collaboration to improve the lives of older people, their families, and the communities in which they live.

History of World Elderly Day

The United Nations General Assembly adopted resolution 45/106 to establish the International Day of Older Persons on 14 December 1990. The decision was taken after the Vienna International Plan of Action on Ageing initiative was adopted by the 1982 World Assembly on Ageing and endorsed later that year by the UN General Assembly. October 1st was chosen as the day of observation and the first World Elderly Day was observed on October 1, 1991. the same year, the General Assembly also adopted the United Nations Principles for Older Persons (resolution 46/91).

World Elderly Day Celebration in 2023

Many public awareness events and activities are organized every year to observe World Elderly Day. Discussions relating to the ageing population, providing adequate health provisions, social care, and volunteer work are conducted by WHO and other organizations working for the betterment of older people. As an individual, you can be a part of any such organization and volunteer to work with the elderly or help in any other way that you can. You can also try learning more about the elders of your family by spending some time with them, and knowing what troubles them and finding out the ways to help them.

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World Elderly Day 2023 Theme

Every year a unique theme is decided to observe International Day of Older Persons. Check out the theme for World Elderly Day for the past few years in the table below. The theme for the year 2023 is “Fulfilling the Promises of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights for Older Persons: Across Generations”.

2022Resilience of Older Persons in a Changing World
2021Digital Equity for All Ages
2020Pandemics: Do They Change How We Address Age and Ageing?
2019The Journey to Age Equality
2018Celebrating Older Human Rights Champions

Frequently Asked Questions

When will be World Elderly Day 2023 celebrated?

October 1, 2023

Is there any World Elder Abuse Awareness Day observed?

Yes, it is observed every year on June 15.

What age is considered as old age?

Normally, the age of 65 years old is considered the beginning of old age.

Is there any theme to celebrate World Elderly Day 2023?

Yes, there is a theme to celebrate World Elderly Day 2023 and it is “Fulfilling the Promises of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights for Older Persons: Across Generations”.

Do we observe any holiday on World Elderly Day?

No there is no holiday observed on World Elderly Day.

Are the International Day of Older Persons and World Elderly Day the same?

Yes, both are the same observation.

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