International Day of Older Persons – The Journey to Age Equality 

Our Patron, His Excellency the Governor of Queensland, the Honourable Paul de Jersey AC and Mrs Kaye de Jersey hosted a special afternoon at Government House for COTA Queensland Board, staff and 100 guests to mark the the International Day of Older Persons (IDOP) on 1 October.

Every year the United Nations IDOP raises awareness of the impact of an ageing population and the need to ensure people can grow old with dignity and continue to participate in society with full rights.

The theme for this year’s IDOP was The Journey to Age Equality which is aligned with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goal 10 which calls for reducing inequalities.   Often disparities in old age reflect an accumulated disadvantage characterised by factors such as location, gender, disability, ethnicity, socio-economic status, health, income, etc.

By 2046 1 in 5 people in Queensland are projected to be over the age of 65. The majority of older Queenslanders will be located in South East Queensland yet there will be many local government areas with a higher proportions of their residents over 65 years.

COTA Queensland is working with governments, business and community to ensure that Queensland is an Age-friendly state.

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