October 1 has been proclaimed Day of Older Persons in Alberta to:
- formally recognize and acknowledge older Albertans and their contributions to their communities
- raise awareness about seniors' interests and concerns
- address misconceptions about older persons and aging
Alberta is expected to be home to over 1 million seniors in the next 2 decades.
The United Nations introduced the International Day of Older Persons in 1990 as a way of bringing awareness and attention to seniors. Since then it has been a catalyst for people coming together to overcome misconceptions against seniors and has ushered in new policies that benefit seniors across the world.
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