Today is International Day of Older Persons with 2020 marking the 30th anniversary of this important day.

“The world marks the 30th anniversary of the International Day of Older Persons as we reckon with the disproportionate and severe impact that the COVID-19 pandemic has wrought on older persons around the world – not only on their health, but on their rights and well-being.”
UN Secretary-General António Guterres

We recognise and celebrate the efforts of Australians in creating better futures for the growing number of older Australians. We look to our health and aged care sectors especially now, in the midst of a once in 100-year pandemic. International Day of Older Persons 2020 will highlight the role of the health care workforce in contributing to the health of older persons, with special recognition of the nursing profession, and a primary focus on the role of women – who are relatively undervalued and in most cases inadequately compensated.

Australia sadly has seen a significant number of deaths due to the COVID-19 pandemic and in particular, significant numbers of deaths amongst our vulnerable older people. Our elders not only enrich our communities through family and friendships but hold the key to our past and our history, having built our country before us; their legacy is our reality.

So today we say thanks to all of our older Australians and celebrate their contribution to humanity. It is vital we continue to support our older people in living their best lives during these challenging times.

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