UN International Day of Older Persons is celebrated annually on October 1
The International Day for Older Persons (IDOP) is observed around the world on October 1 each year. This holiday was designated to remind the global society that elderly people need to be protected, loved and respected. To date, there are nearly 1.5 million people over 65 years old in Kazakhstan.
Various cultural events are traditionally held in the country to celebrate the holiday. For example, today in Nur-Sultan, the city philharmonic society organized a special concert in a tourist bus. In addition, the young people of Shymkent invited the elderly to the theater. The performance ‘Karantindegi Kyzyktar’ (Quarantine Adventures) put older people in an instant good mood.
“We are grateful that we were invited to the theater. Let the young talents bloom,” said a resident of Shymkent Orazkul Kashkynbayeva.
Kazakh TV’s news team asked senior citizens what they do during retirement. Resident of Nur-Sultan Anar Zairovna said that she helps her grandchildren with school homework.
“First of all, I want to say thank you for not forgetting about us. Of course, in retirement we spend the time with our grandchildren. Since they study remotely during quarantine, we help them with their studies and take care of them while their parents are at work. There is no greater happiness for us than taking part in their upbringing, so that they become worthy citizens of their country when they grow up,” Zairovna shared.
A sound mind is in a sound body. There are many elderly people in Kazakhstan who are actively involved in sports and doing what they love. A 73-year-old resident of Nur-Sultan Amegulsin Musilmanova is among them. She is a marathon runner. Musilmanova competes in many sports including skiing, curling and tennis. Musilmanova tries not to miss regional, city and national marathons, while also attracting her grandchildren to sports. Together with them, she runs five to 10 kilometers.
“I go for a run every day. Along with sports, healthy eating is important for me. My first profession is a physical education teacher. This means that I have been doing sports all my life,” Musilmanova said.
The IDOP was observed for the first time on October 1, 1991. The holiday was established by the United Nations General Assembly at its 45th session. Initially, it was celebrated in Europe, then in America, and since the late 1980s, it is marked worldwide.