The International Day of Older Persons (IDOP) is observed every year on October 1 to raise awareness about issues affecting elderly and to appreciate contributions that older people make to society. It also seeks to raise awareness about issues affecting elderly, such as senescence and elder abuse.
The theme for this year is “Celebrating Older Human Rights Champions”. The theme reaffirms commitment to promoting full and equal enjoyment of all human rights and fundamental freedoms by older persons to celebrated 70th anniversary of Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR).
The International Day of Older Persons was instituted by United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) by adopting resolution 45/106 in December 1990 for raising awareness about issues affecting elderly, such as senescence and elder abuse. It is also day to appreciate the contributions that older people make to society. The observance of the day is also focus of ageing organizations and the United Nations Programme on Ageing