International Day of Older People 2017

Did you know that October 1st was International Day of Older People?  It was voted by the United Nations General Assembly  as a resolution on  December 14, 1990.  Of course these resolutions are considered non-binding, but what we can we as individuals do to bring attention the the International Day of Older People. Discussion about the “silver tsunami” occur, but how do we get a swell of attention or just make a small difference as an individual.  We have the opportunity and should take advantage of our voices and wisdom of older people.  Yes, sometimes it is difficult.

Isn’t it ironic that an “older person” on the International Day of Older Persons and just one day before the International Day of Non-Violence committed one of the most heinous crimes in the United States again innocent people.

We as older people should take this opportunity to help others pause and reflect on life, respect, and kindness. After all these years, we should have some wisdom to share, yes? Instead of sitting and doing nothing, take this opportunity to do one random act of kindness, give one pearl of wisdom and also to reflect on these other “Day’s recognition” – We all matter and our issues matter.

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Reference: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_international_observances#October

Author: turning60andbeyond

Sandi Feaster is a registered nurse and health educator. She has worked in the corporate world as well as taken care of people with chronic health conditions. Sandi is convinced that we can improve our lives by educating ourselves and learning how we can curate the life we want. It may seem simple, but exercise and eating healthy food is the foundation of a longer, healthier and engaged life.

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