We have been dedicating the month of October to celebrating the United Nations International Day of Older Persons, which officially kicked off October 1st, and continues with events and awareness raising endeavors throughout the month. The theme this year is:
“Stepping into the Future:
Tapping the Talents, Contributions and Participation of Older Persons in Society.”
It is with the highest honor Kari was able to speak to Sandra Timmermann, committee co-chair for the UN’s International Day of Older Persons, to learn more about this official day (this is actually the 27th year), and some of the global innovations the United Nations is following.
The global rise in our aging populations is a phenomenon that we still tend to sweep under the rug, yet is impacts us economically, socially, regionally and within our own mindsets. The more we understand the global perspectives on aging, the better equipped we will be to manage our own “bonus year of life.”
It is up to all of us to leverage the incredible social capital of our older population to serve, engage and contribute towards making a difference towards a global longevity revolution of positive and active aging for all.