Taking care of older persons is the collective concern of the citizenry
Manila Bulletin|October 1, 2021
The International Day of Older Persons is observed on Oct. 1 each year.

The holiday was observed for the first time on Oct. 1, 1991; hence, this day has been observed for the past three decades. Raising awareness on issues affecting older persons, such as senescence – or deterioration of health conditions due to aging – and elderly abuse are focal points of the annual observance.

In the 1987 Philippine Constitution’s Article XV, Section 4, it is declared that every family must take care of its elderly members while the government is expected to design and implement appropriate programs of social security for them.

As of October, 2019, it was estimated that there were 9.5 million citizens who were 60 years of age or older, making up 8.6 percent of the total Philippine population. Compared to the year 2000 during which there were 4.6 million senior citizens, their number had more than doubled in two decades.

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