On World Day, UN chief shines spotlight on once-taboo topic of elder abuse

The distressing crime of elder abuse often occurs in quiet, private settings, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today on World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, as he reminded people around the world of the importance of making “a vocal, public response” to support the rights of older persons to a life free of violence and abuse.

UN marks World Mental Health Day by focusing on well-being of ageing populations

Citizens over 60 years of age must have access to social and health services to ensure their physical and mental well-being, the United Nations said today, marking World Mental Health Day.

Poor countries need help in managing ageing populations - Annan

The global trend towards ageing populations will be felt most acutely in developing countries which have only limited resources to respond to the challenges involved, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan said today in observance of the International Day of Older Persons.

Older people can make invaluable contribution to development – Annan

Older people represent a powerful but untapped resource for society and can make an invaluable contribution to achieving the goals set by the United Nations Millennium Summit of halving many of the world’s ills by 2015, Secretary-General Kofi Annan said today in a message marking the International Day of Older Persons.