Oct. 1 marked the 30th anniversary celebration of International Older Persons Day (IDOP). The focus of this year’s IDOP was on how pandemics address aging and change our approach to aging. With the emergence of COVID-19, the lives of older adults have been put on the lines illustrating the need for greater support for older adults. A webinar hosted by the International Federation on Aging with the assistance of AARP discussed the topic of this year’s IDOP.
Global Ageing Network members and peak associations honored IDOP in different ways. Home and Community Care Ireland hosted a virtual conference on pandemic and aging featuring several panelists. AgeWatch Africa worked to raise awareness through their virtual platforms and start conversations on ageism.