Almost 700 million people are now over the age of 60. By 2050, 2 billion people (over 20 per cent of the world’s population) will be 60 or older.

The United Nation’s annual International Day of Older Persons will this year be on 1 October.

This day raises the awareness of the needs and challenges faced by many older people.

The theme for the day this year is The Journey to Age Equality and it will also be highlighting the essential contribution that older men and women can continue to make to society if adequate guarantees are in place.

Carers Network will be running a campaign in support of this year’s day, so please look out for our updates on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram and follow the hashtag #UNIDOP for all International Day of Older Persons updates!