Learning to see old age from a different perspective Learning to see old age from a different perspective

The 2016 International Day of Older Persons, which is held on October 1, is dedicated to creating awareness about discrimination towards the older population by shedding a light on the negative stereotypes and false concepts that surround aging.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), this day is an opportunity to emphasize the important contributions of this population to our society and to reflect on the problems and challenges that old age brings to our world today.

According to the WHO, ageism consists of discriminatory behaviors due to one’s age. This is a widespread and insidious problem that negatively affects the health of seniors as it excludes them from the labor market, limits the social services they may access, and which appears in the media through stereotypes.

It is expected that the number of adults older than the age of 60 will duplicate between 2000 and 2050. By this year, 80% of senior citizens will live in low- and middle-income countries. The WHO provides some guidelines on how to make aging a healthy process.

  • Change the way aging and seniors are perceived
  • Create environments that cater to seniors
  • Make healthcare systems fit their needs

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