On the eve of International Day of Older Persons 2016, I convey my
heartfelt respect to all the older person around the globe. On December
14, 1990 the United Nations General Assembly voted to establish October 1
as the International Day of Older Persons as recorded in Resolution
45/106. This day is celebrated by raising awareness about issues
affecting the elderly, such as senescence and elder abuse. It is also a
day to appreciate the contributions that older people make to society.
We often hear people talk about revering older persons for their wisdom,
but older persons also want to have a voice. There is broad recognition
that population ageing presents both a significant opportunity and a
challenge. The opportunity is to benefit from the many contributions
older persons make to society. The challenge is to act on this
understanding now through the adoption of policies that promote social
inclusion and inter-generational solidarity.

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