Executive Director's Report Issue 31

Spring 1999 CSANews Issue 31  |  Posted date : Mar 01, 2007.Back to list

Most of you are aware that the United Nations has declared 1999 as International Year of Older Persons [IYOP]. All over the world, people in local communities, cities, states, provinces, and countries are recognizing and celebrating this special year.

The goals of the International Year of Older Persons are:

  • To enhance understanding, harmony and mutual support across generations,
  • To increase recognition of seniors' contributions to their families and communities, and
  • To encourage all sectors of society to be responsive to a diverse aging population in a rapidly changing world.

The International Year of Older Persons [IYOP] has special relevance in Canada. Seniors make up one of the fastest-growing groups in Canadian society. As well, the senior population in Canada is characterized by wide differences in terms of age and gender, family status, cultural background, and socio-economic circumstances.

Seniors account for a substantial share of the population in every province. In 1998, 15% of people in Saskatchewan and 14% of those in Manitoba were aged 65 and older. The figure was 13% in British Columbia, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick; 12% in Quebec and Ontario; 11% in Newfoundland; and 10% in Alberta.

You can participate in special 'World Events.' Two examples are:

Montreal, Quebec; September 4-9,1999
International Federation on Ageing [IFA]
4th Global Conference on Ageing
One consideration and hope of the conference is the adoption of a "Declaration on the Rights and Responsibilities of Older Persons throughout the World." [Written background information is available.]

For more information on how you can participate,
you should contact the:
Conference Secretariat ­ JPDL
555 Peel, Suite 500, Montreal, QC, H3A 3L8
Phone: [514] 287-1070 Fax: [514] 287-1248
E-mail: ageingconf@.jpdl.com
Conference Web Site: www.ifa.fiv.org

Saturday, October 2,1999 "Global Embrace"
Throughout the world, life expectancy has risen sharply over recent years - let us add "life to years" by promoting Active Ageing! Active Ageing means maintaining health and staying involved in the family, the community and society. During a 24-hour period all around the world, countries, cities and towns will walk together to celebrate Active Ageing. Make your city join, organize a walk, and be part of the new WHO network, the "Global Movement for Active Ageing!"

For more information, please contact:
Ageing and Health Programme, World Health Organization, 1211 Geneva 27 Switzerland.
Phone: +41-22 791-3486, Fax: +41-22 791-4839
E-mail: activeageing@who.ch