World Hospice and Palliative Care Day is a unified day of action to celebrate and support hospice and palliative care around the world. Voices for Hospices is a wave of concerts taking place on World Hospice and Palliative Care Day every two years. This years theme is LIVING AND DYING IN PAIN: IT DOESN’T HAVE TO HAPPEN. A concept we fully agree with when we work with those who even at the end of their lives want to still live their life to the full without pain and their independence intact.
When does World Hospice and Palliative Care Day take place?
World Hospice and Palliative Care Day takes place on the second Saturday of October every year and Voices for Hospices takes place on the same date every two years. The next World Hospice and Palliative Care Day is on October 8th 2016 but you’ll have to wait till next year for World Hospice and Palliative Care Day with Voices for Hospice will be held October 14th in 2017.
What are the aims of World Hospice and Palliative Care Day?
- To share a vision to increase the availability of hospice and palliative care throughout the world by creating opportunities to speak out about the issues
- To raise awareness and understanding of the needs – medical, social, practical, spiritual – of people living with a life limiting illness and their families
- To raise funds to support and develop hospice and palliative care services around the world
Who organises World Hospice and Palliative Care Day?
World Hospice and Palliative Care Day is organised by a committee of the Worldwide Palliative Care Alliance, a network of hospice and palliative care national and regional organisations that support the development of hospice and palliative care worldwide.
What can you do to get involved?
There are many things you can do during and in the days leading up to World Hospice and Palliative Care Day. Visit the WHPCA website for full details and resources.
Take a Stand Against Ageism
‘Take a stand against ageism’ is this years mantra for International day of older persons. For older people, ageism is an everyday challenge. Older people are overlooked for employment, restricted from social services and stereotyped in the media. Ageism marginalises and excludes older people in their communities and society as a whole. When it comes to your older years, the time should be spent enjoying life to the max not being sheltered away and left to rot.
Ageism is everywhere, yet is the most socially normalised of any prejudice.
- Older persons are portrayed in the media as senile, clumsy, uncooperative, “not with it”, “batty” and not independent.
- Doctors avoid screening for preventable diseases and use care guidelines for younger people not thinking about the needs of the elderly.
- Government policy does not strategise for investment in infrastructure for the needs of ageing populations.
- Employers will disregard older applicants even though they have a wealth of knowledge and are more likely to stay in the role.
- Companies design products and services based on younger markets and ignore the vast demographic of older persons whose buying power is just as great if not greater then the youth of today.
All of these issues build up to marginalise older persons within our society and WHO’s International Day of Older Persons is there to highlight the issues the older generation faces and help combat the endemic ageism in countries across the world. This year, the World Health Organization adopted the Global Strategy and Action Plan on Ageing and Health and a related resolution at the 69th World Health Assembly, in which the WHO Director-General is called on to lead a Global Campaign to Combat Ageism, to support local and international partners in their efforts to change policies and practices.
Read more about the day on WHOs website or read their mission statement here.