International Day Of Older Persons, 1st October 2021 is an opportunity to celebrate the older people in our lives.
This day is a time to acclaim the value of older people and a chance to acknowledge their contributions to our communities; in the work place, as volunteers, as caregivers and as whole people.
Mentoring, volunteering, looking out for the neighbourhood, caring for children, sharing wisdom and experience and of course, being in paid work and leading businesses are some of the many ways senior New Zealanders aged 65 and older contribute.
According to our member organisation Age Concern Canterbury, the number of seniors across the world is expected to more than double to over 2 billion in 2050, and in around thirty years time it’s expected that there will be more older people than children - the first time in our history.
The ageing of our population is often portrayed in terms of increased costs; including costs of health care, residential care and New Zealand Superannuation. But the positive contribution that is made by older people to our public, families, employment, volunteering and community, deserves much wider recognition and respect.
Older people work, volunteer, provide care and participate widely in community and family life. Many families, communities and organisations depend on older people for their skills, knowledge and experience; older people provide care and support to thousands of others who benefit from their assistance.