International Day of Older Persons: October 1st
October 8, 2008, 11:30 AM EST
The General Assembly of the United Nations designated October 1 as the International Day of Older Persons.
By designating a special day in recognition of seniors the UN is drawing attention to the important contribution of seniors and to changing demographics: the graying of the population - the "age of aging."
On October 1st, the CAW reaffirmed its commitment to older persons and the essential contributions they make to our communities.
"It's vital to remember that older persons are the most vulnerable in society and are among the first to fall victim to the effects of a down turn in the economy and to the negative impact of increasing globalization," said Len Harrison, Chairperson of the CAW Retired Workers Advisory Executive and CAW National Executive Board member.
In Canada, many seniors are living in poverty and do not have adequate housing, care or access to health services. As well, the rate of poverty is particularly high among senior women.
During the current federal election, Harrison and the CAW are urging federal parties to develop and outline a plan of action that identifies independence, participation, care, self-fulfillment and dignity as central features of respect for older persons.
The International Day of Older Persons was observed for the first time throughout the world on October 1, 1991.