International Day of Older Persons will be marked by the Dubrovnik Red Cross at the Gruz Market from 9 am. You will be able to measure blood pressure as well as sugar.
The Day of Older Persons was designated by the United Nations General Assembly on December 14th 1990.
According to the UN official website, almost 700 million people are now over the age of 60. By 2050, 2 billion people, over 20 per cent of the world’s population, will be 60 or older. The increase in the number of older people will be the greatest and the most rapid in the developing world, with Asia as the region with the largest number of older persons, and Africa facing the largest proportionate growth.
With this in mind, enhanced attention to the particular needs and challenges faced by many older people is clearly required. Just as important, however, is the essential contribution the majority of older men and women can continue to make to the functioning of society if adequate guarantees are in place. Human rights lie at the core of all efforts in this regard.