Since 1991, the nations of the world have recognized October 1 as the International Day of Older Persons, bringing awareness of the efforts the elderly have made in building a better planet, as well as spotlighting the issues of greatest concern to them.
The occasion is an initiative of the United Nations General Assembly and the theme for 2013 is: “The future we want: what older persons are saying.”
Since 2011 Canada has recognized October 1st as National Seniors Day. The day honours the nearly 5 million Canadian citizens who are 65 years or older. The 2011 national census showed the seniors demographic grew by 14.1% increase from the 2006 numbers.
"Healthcare is the subject of greatest interest to Canada's elderly population," says MJ DeSousa, our Director of Professional Practice. "One way to ensure the quality of life for Canadians doesn't diminish as they get older is to make hearing health a priority for everyone."
At Connect Hearing, we will be celebrating older persons throughout October — which is national Elders' and Seniors' Month — with articles that recognize their contributions to society and demonstrate how so many have taken the necessary step to ensure they stay connected to the sounds they love.