International Day of Older Persons

The humanity of a society is measured by how it treats older persons. Every sixth citizen in Serbia is older than 65 years and living in difficult circumstances.
Many of them live in poverty, on the edge of mere existance, discriminated against, abused, and neglected. The authorities need to provide them with safe living conditions, and a dignified and secured life.
At the same time, it is necessary to do everything possible to reduce discrimination against and widely spread negative attitudes and prejudices against older persons.
The share of persons older than 60 years is growing worldwide, and this trend continues due to a dicreading birthrate and extended life expectancy.
On 14 December 1990, the United Nations General Assembly voted to establish October 1 as the International Day of Older Persons. In Sebia, the holiday was observed for the first time the following year.
The holiday is celebrated by raising awareness about issues affecting older persons, such as senescence and elder abuse. It is also a day to appreciate the contributions that older persons make to society.

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