In the context of world ageing population, we celebrate the 28thanniversary of the United Nations International Day of Older Persons. Celebrating the theme ‘We are the Champions’; this day recognises the Human Rights of Older Persons and those who help defend them as stated in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. In an aging population, this day reaffirms the commitment to promoting the full and equal enjoyment of all human rights and fundamental freedoms by Older Persons. The 2018 theme aims to raise world awareness and opportunities for the ageing population. As the world is getting older, the need for the inclusion, attention and protection of Older Persons rights is vital. Greater attention is needed to the specific challenges of this demographic to ensure Older Persons are made visible and their concerns are addressed.
Creating a cohesive and inclusive society is fundamental to ensure the aging population is safe from discrimination and exclusion, where they can participate across all social pillars. With one person turning 50 years of age every seven seconds, this age group will outnumber youth by the year 2020, and so it is time to realise the important contributions Older Persons offer to society to create a world for all ages.