International Day of Older Persons focuses on pandemic

By Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life Global Outreach

October 1, is the annual International Day of Older Persons. The celebration was established by the United Nations in 1990 to recognize the importance of older people, the contributions they make to society, and the issues and dangers they face. This year’s theme—“Pandemics: Do they change how we address age and ageing?”—is especially relevant given that more than one million people have now died from the COVID-19 global pandemic.

“On International Day of Older Persons, we call for governments and international agencies to protect and treasure the older people who are most vulnerable in this pandemic,” says Scott Fischbach, executive director of Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life Global Outreach (MCCL GO). “We must ensure that older people have access to the health care they need to survive. Rationing or withdrawing care from elderly people is abhorrent and a direct violation of human rights.”

In 2002, the U.N. adopted the Madrid International Plan of Action on Ageing. It included a call to ensure “the full enjoyment of all human rights” of older persons and to combat “all forms of discrimination.”

“A human being’s worth, value, and rights are not based on age or ability but solely on their humanity,” says Fischbach. “Older people are human beings whose rights require extra protection during a global pandemic.”

MCCL GO is the U.N.- and OAS-accredited global outreach program of the Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life Education Fund. Our goal is to protect as many human beings as possible from the destruction of abortion, infanticide, and euthanasia.