INTERNATIONAL DAY OF OLDER PERSONS
The 2030 agenda and the sustainable goals (SDGs) recognize that
development of Malawi will only be achiveable if it is inclusive of
all ages. Empowering older persons in all dimesions of development,
including promoting their active participation in social, economic
and political life, is one way to ensure their inclusiveness and reduce
inequalities. The 2019 theme is aligned with sustainable development
goal 10 (SDG 10) and focuses on pathways of copying with existing-
and preventing future-old age inequalities. SDG 10 sets to reduce
inequality within-and among-countries, and aims to “ensure equal
opportunity and reduce inequalities of outcome, including through
measures to eliminate discrimination, and to empower and promote
the social, economic and political inclusion of all, respective of age,
sex, disability, race, ethnicity, origin, religion or economic or other status”
Often, disperities in old age reflect an accumulated disadvantage
charaterized by factors such as; location, gender, socio-economic status,
health and income. between 2015 and 2030, the number of people aged
60 and over is expected to increase from 2.5 million to 5 million. In this
regard, trends of ageing and economic inequality interact across
generations and rapid population ageing, demographic and societal or
The 2019 theme aims to;
- Draw attention to the existence of old age inequalities and how this often
results from a cumulation of disadvantages throughout life, and highlight
intergenerational risk of increased old age inequalities.
- Bring awareness to the urgency of copying with existing – and preventing
future – old age inequalities.
- Explore societal and structural changes in view of life course policies: social
protection and universal health coverage.
- Reflect on best practices, lessons and progresses on the journey to ending
older age inequalities and changing negative naratives and stereo type involving the old age
IMPORTANCE OF IDOP IN MALAWI
This is the moment to remind the government of its commitment towards
the welfare of older persons, to help them end hunger and poverty for the
elderly and people of all ages. It’s a day to remember and celebrate the
older persons and thank them for their contributions. Their wealth of
knowledge, skill and experience offer so much to the next generation. as
technology advance these are the people who have experienced each
step of change. They know life without the advancements that exist today.
Contributions of older
persons in Malawi
- Caring for orphaned by
providing much needed
- Our older persons are pioneers of
science, medicine, psychology, civil
rights and so much more. Their valuable
contributions to Malawi create better
place to live.
- Providing wisdom.
All these facts create a clear picture on the importance of older persons in
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“the time you are 80 years and you have learned everything. You may
have to remember it.” By Mike Magelegele.