International Day of Older Persons 2016

Take a Stand Against Ageism

The theme for this year is “Take a Stand Against Ageism”. In coordination with our global partners, WHO supports the campaign against ageism, recognizing the serious and insidious impact of ageist attitudes and practices on the lives of older persons.

29 September 2016 – New analysis shows that negative attitudes towards older people are widespread, and that these attitudes affect the physical and mental health of older people. More than 83 000 people in 57 countries took part in a WHO survey, in which 60% of respondents reported that older people are not respected. The lowest levels of respect were reported in high income countries.