Celebrate the older people in your life today

Queenslanders are being urged to celebrate the older people in their lives today (1 October) as the world comes together for International Day for Older Persons 2017.


The Queensland Minister for Seniors Coralee O’Rourke said International Day for Older Persons is the perfect opportunity to take the time to acknowledge older Queenslanders for their contribution to the state and raise awareness of the issues and challenges of ageing in today’s world.


“The United Nations began International Day for Older Persons in 1990 with the aim to honour the efforts of the elderly and the immense value they bring to societies around the world,” she said.


“Closer to home, it’s also an opportunity to highlight the important contributions that these wonderful members have made and continue to make to Queensland and for that, they deserve our thanks and recognition.


“And what better time to say thank you than on International Day for Older Persons!”


Mrs O’Rourke said the theme for the day, Stepping into the Future: Tapping the Talents, Contributions and Participation of Older Persons in Society, tied in well with the Government’s vision to create a more age-friendly Queensland.


“An age-friendly community is where older people are valued, respected and actively engaged in their community,” she said.


“Last year we launched the “Queensland: an age-friendly community strategic direction statement” and action plan.


“It outlines the Queensland Government’s priorities, initiatives and services that contribute to building age-friendly communities.


“The plan has set the platform for a whole-of-government vision to create a community in which older people are valued, respected and have every opportunity to be involved.


“And we remain committed to assisting seniors in a wide range of ways including concessions, tackling elder abuse and providing access to legal and financial services.


“That’s why we committed a record $12 million in funding to support seniors this financial year.”


For information about support and services for older Queenslanders see http://www.qld.gov.au/seniors


1 October 2017.