On December 14, 1990 the United Nations General Assembly, through resolution 45/106, designated October 1 as the International Day of the Elderly to highlight the demographic change that the world population is undergoing and the need to create new policies and programs that benefit seniors.
According to UN data, the composition of the world’s population has changed dramatically in recent decades. Between 1950 and 2010, life expectancy worldwide increased from 46 to 68 years. Globally, there were 703 million people aged 65 and over in 2019. Over the next three decades, the number of older people is estimated to more than double, reaching more than 1.5 billion people in 2050.
“Throughout history, older people have played a transcendental social role as leaders and referents. However, the passing of the years can also lead to vulnerabilities and diseases, different forms of discrimination or the violation of rights that living in conditions of poverty entails. Given this scenario, it is important to encourage the participation of these people in social, economic and political life, as well as to reduce the many inequalities they face”, demands the Ombudsman’s Office of the Autonomous City of Buenos Aires.
For this year, the theme of the International Day of Older Persons is “Digital Equity for All Ages”, emphasizing the need for older persons to have access and meaningful participation in the digital world.