Nepal is celebrating the 26th International Day of Older Persons on coming October 1 by organising various programmes for a week.
The theme for this year's International Day of Older Persons is ' Take a Stand against Ageism". This is set by the United Nations.
The latest statistics puts the number of older persons across the world at over 700 million and this is on the increasing graphs. The existing demographics of ageing makes up over 10 per cent of the total global census chart.
The government has formed a main celebration committee with the participation of representatives from various ministries and the National Senior Citizens Federation as well to make the celebrations successful.
Disseminations of media reports about the older persons, interaction programmes on the rights of aged people, radio and television programmes, best wishes messages from the President and the Prime Minister, public awareness programmes, and rally are among the part of the celebrations of the Day, according to Chhatra Bahadur Pradhan, Secretary General of the Federation.