UN International Day of Older Persons 2021

Established in 1990, the UN’s International Day of Older Persons aims to increase awareness about issues affecting older people, whilst celebrating the contribution elderly people make to society. Each year there is a new theme, with past themes ranging from the opportunities and challenges of ageing (2011) to age inclusiveness in urban environments (2015). The 2021 theme “Digital Equity for All Ages” affirms the need for access and meaningful participation in the digital world by older persons.

Objectives of #UNIDOP2021:

  • To bring awareness of the importance of digital inclusion of older persons, while tackling stereotypes, prejudice and discrimination associated with digitalization, taking into account sociocultural norms and the right to autonomy.
  • To highlight policies to leverage digital technologies for full achievement of the sustainable development goals (SDGs).
  • To address public and private interests, in the areas of availability, connectivity, design, affordability, capacity building, infrastructure, and innovation.
  • To explore the role of policies and legal frameworks to ensure privacy and safety of older persons in the digital world.
  • To highlight the need for a legally binding instrument on the rights of older persons and an intersectional person-centred human rights approach for a society for all ages.

The digital divide still persists between more and less connected communities and people. Enabling all the world's people to access and use digital technologies and closing the digital divide remains a challenge that needs to be addressed if the world community is to achieve the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals ( SDGs) by 2030. 

Here at Home Instead Wetherby & North Leeds, we're supporting our community by hosting a local Laptop Loungers club every week. We host the local group, so that they have access to a safe space, with the resources to help them grow their digital skills. Each week the group teach each other new skills, like emails, browsing the internet, or even connecting with family across the world via video call. The club meet every Wednesday from 1pm - if you'd like to join them, please call our office on 01937 220510 for more information. 

During the pandemic, many of our clients weren't able to see their family, even through a window. Many of our CAREGivers were able to help our clients video call their family members during what was a very emotional time for many. Our clients and their family members were so grateful to our CAREGivers for helping to keep them connected. 

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