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 two 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.
In 2017, International Day of Older Persons was formally recognized for the first time in Alberta through a Minister declaration.
On Monday, October 1, 2018, Deputy Premier Sarah Hoffman will recognize Alberta’s first-ever Day of Older Persons by raising the International Day of Older Persons flag.
Day of Older Persons is celebrated across the province by many individuals and organizations.