October 1 – International Day of Older Persons

October 1st marks the United Nations ‘International Day of Older Persons’ with the theme of “Stepping into the Future: Tapping the Talents, Contributions and Participation of Older Persons in Society”

The contributions older persons provide is invaluable; the wisdom, experience and leadership are among the myriad of attributes that are shared and that are integral to welcoming, inclusive, healthy communities.

According to the United Nations, ‘almost 700 million people are now over the age of 60. By 2050, 2 billion people, over 20 per cent of the world’s population, will be 60 or older.’ This significant growth is important to not only ensure communities are Age Friendly  but that there are active initiatives such as the City of Guelph Age Friendly Strategy. 

By 2031, the population of the City of Guelph alone is projected to be 175,000 with the greatest proportional increase in the 55+ age category, or 33% of all Guelph residents.

One way to build inclusive, healthy communities is through volunteering and being involved in your community. At PIN, The People and Information Network, we promote engagement in the community. Funded by the Ministry of Seniors Affairs Seniors Community Grant, PIN held a Older Adult Focus Group to solicit knowledge to build a resource to promote volunteering among older persons.

Among the findings, older adults shared that there is an interest to lead by example, to have an opportunity to share skills in a meaningful way, to stay active, to gain new skills and learn, to make new friends and become part of the community.

As we celebrate and honour older persons on this International Day, we invite the community to recognize the talents, contributions and participation of older persons and as a community, let us welcome and encourage engagement from all.

With thanks to the talent of the Letter M Marketing, we unveil a new brochure brimming with information and inspiration to volunteer in the community.

 

Posted on October 1, 2017

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