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 one 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.
Alberta has declared a public health emergency due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, that doesn't mean not interacting with our seniors.
Read Celebrate and support Alberta seniors for ideas on how to celebrate, support, and keep seniors safe while respecting public health measures in place.