This year marks the 30th anniversary of the International Day of Older Persons! Back in 1990, the United Nations General Assembly designated October 1st as the day we celebrate ageing and what it means to be an older person.
The world's population has changed dramatically over 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 North America (over 200 million).
Over recent months COVID has reminded us why ageing is precious; why growing older isn't a thing to be denigrated but rather celebrated. The alternative is appealing to no one. There are many things I'll be celebrating on October first. Here are a few.
- As we age we get smarter. How many life skills do you have now that you wished you had had years ago?
- Ageing can bring with it heightened self-awareness and a sense of peace. While I'm not oblivious to the outside world, I care a lot less about what other people think of me.
- I also have more sense about what's really important. The newest fashion just doesn't capture my attention as it once might have. New life, whether in the form of a baby or a puppy, captivates me.
- I value every year because it brings me more wisdom, more stories and a chance to work on my legacy.
What about you? What do you love about ageing? Take the opportunity to celebrate it on October 1st.
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