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The United Nations' International Day of Older Persons is celebrated annually since 1991 on October 1st to recognize the contributions of older persons and to examine issues that affect their lives.
The theme of the day in 2012 is "Longevity: Shaping the Future" and special events will be organised worldwide. Across Europe, citizens are invited to participate in many initiatives, such as the Senior Fest in the Czech Republic, the Flowers of Fraternity in France or the Big Skills Share in the United Kingdom. Visit this page for more information and highlights of the Day.
Besides, in the context of the European Year for Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generations 2012, public authorities and NGOs are invited to celebrate the Seniorforce Day on or around October 1st, the International Day of Older Persons, as a way to engage and harness the power of senior volunteers. The idea behind this initiative of the European Commission is to mobilise people 60+ who have plenty to offer their families and communities and to find ways to utilise the potential of this formidable force.
The European Seniorforce Day events will be celebrated across all Member States. Finland, Slovakia, Bulgaria and Poland are the first countries where these action days have been organised. Please check out the Events calendar in the European Year 2012 website to find out the specific details of these and other Seniorforce Day events in all EU countries.