The 31st International Day of Older Persons takes place this Friday 1 October and Calderdale Council have asked organisations and community groups across the region to get involved on the day to show our support for people aged 50 plus.
Created by the United Nations (UN) in 1990 to respond to the opportunities and challenges of population ageing in the 21st century and to promote the development of a society for all ages.
According to the UN, the composition of the world population has changed dramatically in recent decades. Between 1950 and 2010, life expectancy worldwide rose from 46 to 68 years. Globally, there were 703 million persons aged 65 or over in 2019. The region of Eastern and South-Eastern Asia was home to the largest number of older persons (261 million), followed by Europe and Northern America (over 200 million).
Over the next three decades, the number of older persons worldwide is projected to more than double, reaching more than 1.5 billion persons in 2050. All regions will see an increase in the size of the older population and the largest increase is projected to occur in Eastern and South-Eastern Asia.
With Calderdale Council supp actively supporting this year’s International Day of Older Persons and aiming to join the UK Age Friendly Communities Network, here at Calderdale Forum 50 Plus we are looking forward to increased opportunities for older people in Calderdale to help shape the region. Transport, housing, outdoor spaces, volunteering, employment opportunities and leisure & community facilities need to be designed, built and developed around the needs of older as well as younger people.
This year’s theme is Digital Equity for All Ages. A digital divide exits between more and less connected people in our community and though huge steps forward have occurred due to the coronavirus lockdowns, many people still do not have the resources, technology, interest or skills needed to avoid being left behind. A number of local initiatives took place here in Calderdale during the last 18 months, but more dedicated facilities, training and support for helping older people become digitally-adept are needed going forward.
To mark the day and raise awareness of the opportunities and challenges of ageing, Calderdale Council employees and community groups have been asked to start a conversation about ageing and publicise their activities on the day through photographs, videos and social media using the hastags #IDOP2021 and #AgefriendlyCdale