Melinda Giles talks about the significance of The International Day of Older Persons, and how Giles Wilson’s solicitors help empower older people throughout Essex with dedicated legal advice and services.
On 14 December 1990, the United Nations General Assembly designated 1 October The International Day of Older Persons.
2017’s Day for Older Persons focuses on the contributions that older people make to their families, communities and societies as a whole. This seeks to raise awareness of the ways to enable older persons to fully participate in their later years, all in accordance with their rights and needs.
I am more often found writing about how effective legal advice helps protect the old and the vulnerable from exploitation or abuse. But today is a celebration of the elders in our society and how we can support them in their choices and rights; a positive spin on the same point actually. Promoting the autonomy and right to choose of a person who is potentially vulnerable will always bring some risk; hence the need to provide support.
The United Nations pledges that no one will be left behind, and that we should tap into the often overlooked and under-appreciated contributions of older persons.
The 2017 theme will explore effective means of promoting and strengthening the participation of older persons in various aspects of social, cultural, economic and civic and political life.
Between 2015 and 2030, the number of older persons worldwide is set to increase by 56 per cent — from 901 million to more than 1.4 billion worldwide. By 2030, the number of people aged 60 and above will exceed that of young people aged 15 to 24.
There will be various events being held and initiatives to be found across social media on 1 October; but fundamentally this is about a change in mindset by us all. To view the differences in age of those around us as positives, and not to discriminate on the basis of age.
To plan for our own active and participative older age and of those that we care for, but also to put in place measures such as Lasting Powers of Attorney or Living Wills in case we lose the ability to make our own choice but wish for our voice to be heard.
We are dedicated to protecting the autonomy of older persons in our community, providing guidance and measures to ensure the rights of the elderly and vulnerable are defended.
If you would like to give yourself peace of mind for the future, or support the wellbeing of a loved one, contact us to arrange a consultation at our offices in Leigh-on-Sea and Rochford.
Call us on 01702 477106, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.