Saturday 1 October is International Day of Older Persons. The day is all about celebrating older persons and the value they contribute to our Blue Mountains community.  

This year’s theme is The Resilience and Contributions of Older Women. The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated existing inequalities, with the past three years intensifying the socioeconomic, environmental, health and climate related impacts on the lives of older persons, especially older women who constitute the majority of older persons.

Celebrating International Day of Older Persons 2022

To mark the day, the Blue Mountains Collaborative is hosting two free information sessions for Seniors on Thursday 29 September, supported by Council.

Each session will feature a great range of guest speakers, and provide you with valuable information about your rights, how to access local services to support you and stay connected to your local community, followed by light refreshments.

Morning session
Thursday 29 September, 10am – 12pm
Blue Mountains Theatre & Community Hub, 106-108 Macquarie Road, Springwood

Afternoon session
Thursday 29 September, 2 - 4pm
Katoomba Leura Community Centre Hall, 81-83 Katoomba Street, Katoomba

Guest Speakers will include:

  • Seniors Rights Service
  • Older Women's Network
  • Services Australia 
  • The Ageing and Disability Commissioner Mr. Robert Fitzgerald OAM  

Representatives from the following organisations will also be available to provide further information and answer any questions:

  • Blue Mountains City Council
  • Older Women's Network
  • Services Australia
  • NSW Police - Blue Mountains Command
  • Aged Care Assessment Team
  • Ageing and Disability Commission
  • Blue Mountains Food Services
  • Blue Mountains Community Legal Centre
  • Seniors Rights Service
  • Belong Blue Mountains Neighbourhood Centre 
  • Country Women’s Association

If you would like more information, please call 02 4780 5546.

About International Day of Older Persons

On 14 December 1990, the United Nations General Assembly designated 1 October as the International Day of Older Persons. 

The composition of the world population has changed dramatically in recent decades. Between 1950 and 2010, life expectancy worldwide rose from 46 to 68 years. Globally, there were 703 million persons aged 65 or over in 2019. The region of Eastern and South-Eastern Asia was home to the largest number of older persons (261 million).

Over the next three decades, the number of older persons worldwide is projected to more than double, reaching more than 1.5 billion persons in 2050.