It's the 25th Anniversary of the International Day of Older Persons

International Day of Older Persons 2015 Phil Moore

By Kate Bunting, CEO of HelpAge USA

Today I'm celebrating the International Day of Older Persons, and as I reflect on the past few weeks I'm hopeful about the progress world leaders have made in recognizing the value of each member of their communities-including their older generations. Everywhere I turn, I find more evidence to support the idea that investing in the health and well being of older people is not only the right thing to do - it's the smart thing to do.

Older People in the SDGs

Last week the global community celebrated the Sustainable Development Goals - a new global compact to end poverty, protect the environment and ensure prosperity for all. By including language about people of all ages, the global goals present a true opportunity to ensure that older people aren't left out of the crusade against poverty.

And what better example of the resources that older people give to the world than Pope Francis himself - who was part of the U.N. General Assembly events? At 78 years of age, he is power and peace personified-a true example of how older people are one of the world's fastest growing resources.

The SDG summit left me feeling hopeful, that by the time the goals are meant to be achieved in 2030, the world will be better equipped to accommodate the growing numbers of older people around the world.

Health and Ageing at the WHO

Women and Ageing

Adding to my enthusiasm was the release of the World Health Organization's Report on Ageing and Health, which highlights the critical role older people play whether it is through volunteer work, helping their families or sharing their knowledge and productivity. The report outlines key actions that will serve as a global roadmap to achieving better health in the future.

Women and Ageing

Today also coincides with the UN Women's release of Progress on the World's Women: 2015-2016 - a flagship publication about transforming women's economic futures. The report focuses one chapter on examining the social protection and social service measures that can transform women's lives and keep them out of poverty in the long term.

Celebrating with AARP

I will end today's celebration by attending an event at AARP where "disruptive aging" and reimagining your life as an older person are valued every day.

All thing considered - the past few weeks showed amazing progress on tackling the phenomenon of global ageing head on - not as something to be feared, but rather as something to be treasured. Margaret Chan, the Director-General of WHO said it best when she said, "There is no typical older person. Look at me ... I'm 68 and I look younger and move faster than many younger people."

How can you help?

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