News Room What's New What's new - Archives 1 October 2012 International Day of Older Persons

1 October 2012 International Day of Older Persons

A focus on ageing populations is on the agenda of governmental and non-governmental policy makers everywhere.  A demographic revolution is underway throughout the world. The world's population of people 60 years of age and older has doubled since 1980 and is forecast to reach 2 billion by 2050 (WHO 2012). A growing population of older adults will place increased demand on a range of health services - health promotion, illness prevention, rehabilitation, acute and chronic care, and end-of-life care.   We will need more staff for home-based and nursing home care.  Meanwhile, just as the general population is ageing, so too are its health workers – nurses, physicians, pharmacists and others.

As nurses, we must concern ourselves with breaking down the barriers older persons may encounter with regard to access to health services; influencing how resources are allocated for programmes and services; pushing for relevant transportation options and for educational programmes that help older persons adopt healthier lifestyles – for example, through smoking cessation, sound nutrition and regular exercise.  We can also help safeguard the safety and security of older people; and advocate for older individuals’ human rights, including access to health, security and participation in society.

Relevant ICN publications:

Managing the Multi-Generational Workforce: Managerial and Policy Implications

ICN position statement on Nursing care of the older person

ICN fact sheets on:

Other resources:

Dementia: a public health priority (WHO 2012)

Age-friendly Primary Health Care (PHC) Centres Toolkit (WHO 2008)

Global age-friendly cities: a guide (WHO 2007)

GoldenWorkers: a project which aims to identify emerging technologies and socio-economic trends, new models of extending professional active life and novel application scenarios in the area of ICT for active ageing at work.

Last Updated on Friday, 26 July 2013 10:10