Wessex AHSN is celebrating the United Nations International Day of Older Persons on the 1 October 2021 – the theme this year is digital equity for older people.
Join in the celebrations by exploring this website or attending 2021 UN International Day of Older Persons (UNIDOP). Please use the link here to access: https://www.un.org/development/desa/ageing/2021-unidop-digital-equity-for-all-ages.html
As a network, we will be sharing emerging research and innovation within this space from across Wessex, providing reflections from our academics in this field, highlighting Wessex AHSN focussed work in supporting digital inclusion for older people, alongside the wonderful heart-warming story of Maureen and her digital journey. In addition to this, we have pulled together a number of best practice resources from Age UK, NHS Digital and Ageing Better to help raise awareness of innovative ideas supporting health, social care and the voluntary sector to think differently and to minimise inequalities.
Across the month of October, Age Friendly Island (AFI) have organised
the Celebrating Age Festival (CAF), working with organisations and local
communities to run a diverse range of events.
The 2020 CAF was a victim of Covid and for 2021, it is time to think again.
In line with the World Health Organisation, AFI are leading on a campaign to start a
conversation around ageism. You can read more about this festival here.
See below for more detail on relevant articles and websites that aim to explore digital equity in greater detail*
*Wessex Academic Health Science Network Limited (Wessex AHSN) has undertaken the horizon scanning research activity in goodwill for the purpose of improving healthcare services and has no commercial interest in any of documents presented. Wessex AHSN’s research activity is not intended to include an exhaustive list of resources or endorsement. Wessex AHSN are not responsible should there be a relevant resource available that has not been identified and reported in this document.
What is International Day of Older Persons on the 1 October?
In 2020, the Decade of Healthy Ageing (2020-2030) was launched, helping to bring together UN experts, civil society, government and the health professions to discuss the five strategic objectives of the Global Strategy and Action plan on Ageing and Health while noting the progress and challenges in their realization.
"The world marks the 30th anniversary of the International Day of Older Persons as we reckon with the disproportionate and severe impact that the COVID-19 pandemic has wrought on older persons around the world – not only on their health, but on their rights and well-being."
UN General-Secretary Antonio Guterres 2020
The global strategy is well integrated into the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), while ageing issues cut across the 17 goals, especially Goal 3 which aims to “ensure healthy lives and promote well-being of all at all ages”. As stated by Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus (Director-General, WHO) “acting on the strategy, is a means for countries to implement the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and ensure that every human being regardless of age will have an opportunity to fulfill their potential in dignity and equality”.
The Decade of Healthy Ageing aims to:
For further information please visit https://www.un.org/en/observances/older-persons-day
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