International Day of the Elderly

When: Always on October 1st


International Day of the Elderly is dedicated to honor, respect and care for the world’s elderly.  In 1990, the United Nations General Assembly designated October 1st as the International Day for the Elderly, also known as the International Day for Older persons.  This is a result of the UN World Assembly on Ageing which was formed in 1982 to explore and tend to the needs of the elderly in the world.  The Day has become an annual event around the world, with various activities organized in commemoration of contributions of older persons.


International Day of the Elderly 2012


In St. Vincent and the Grenadines, the National Insurance Services has spearheaded this event. This forms part of the Organization’s corporate responsibility as a Social Security Organization It was celebrated under the theme: “International Day of the Elderly: Let’s Respect, Recognize and Reconnect”.


Corporate St. Vincent and some public sector organizations partnered with us to celebrate with our senior citizens for their invaluable contribution to nation building.  The senior citizens were organized into 7 zones comprising all the districts on the mainland, St. Vincent.  Seven senior citizens from the Constituency zones were awarded for their contribution towards nation building, while certificates of merit were given to other nominees


The national rally and “fun day” was held at the Arnos vale Sporting Complex.  The programme of activities commenced with a march past, followed by formal addresses and a praise & worship session.  Then there was a buzz of events on the ground, which included cultural and sporting activities.


From all reviews, the two thousand plus persons who attended the function indicated that it was a resounding success.