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Older People's Day 2012

September 2012  


On the first day of next month the United Nations will be holding its International Day of Older Persons. The day is also celebrated in the UK - in fact this will be the sixth year the UN initiative has been adopted here.

The UN has issued some interesting statistics for the day. It says the composition of the world has changed dramatically in recent years. Between 1950 and 2010 life expectancy worldwide rose from 46 to 68 years. In 2009, an estimated 737 million persons were aged 60 years or over, nearly two thirds of whom lived in developing countries. Their number is projected to increase to 2 billion in 2050, by which time older persons will outnumber children.

Here in the UK of course longevity is becoming almost the norm, with recent projections saying that nearly one in five of people here will now live to see their 100th birthday.

The Department of Work and Pensions is getting behind the special day with various registered events and ideas in four key areas: work, home and family, volunteering and leisure and sport.

Here at Laterlife we have vast experience in these fields, especially through the Laterlife Challenges which informed us about some of the amazing things that are being done by the over 50s in all areas, from charity and volunteering to amazing activities and adventure travel.

John CundickMany of us are now working well into our 60s and 70s and even beyond. John Cundick started work at Dents Fine Accessories in 1948 and he is still working there, well into his 80s. A wonderful achievement. But we know there are many more people out there past normal retirement age who are making the very most of their talents and life - and we would love to hear about them.

Do you know any friends or relations who really are making the most of their later years? Are you still very active and involved? Do let us know. In celebration of the UK’s Older People’s Day next month, it would be so good if we could acknowledge at least some of the great contribution Britain’s older people are making to society.

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