Health Desk, 02 Oct 2020: The International Day of Older Persons is observed on October 1 each year. On December 14, 1990 the United Nations General Assembly voted to establish October 1 to mark the day.
On the International Day of Older Persons, WHO has launched the first data portal that brings together in one place data on global indicators for monitoring the health and well-being of people aged 60 and over.
Data is included for indicators such as: percentage of older people aged 60 years and over; healthy life expectancy at age 60; major causes of death in older people; prevalence of common impairments such as hearing and vision loss; percentage of older people receiving long-term care in residential facilities and in their home; and the percentage of older people living in an age-friendly environment.
By the end of 2020, users of the portal will be able to create country profiles as background for conducting situational analyses and initiating policy dialogues with stakeholders. Data will be updated as and when new estimates or information become available.