International Day of Older Persons 2023 & Webinar by the Workgroup on Ageing


Every year, on October 1st, the world comes together to celebrate the International Day of Older Persons. This significant day was officially established by the United Nations General Assembly through resolution 45/106 on December 14, 1990. It’s a day dedicated to honouring and recognising the contributions and challenges faced by older individuals around the globe.

On this International Day of Older Persons, the International Federation for Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus (IF) seizes the opportunity to shed light on the unique experiences of ageing with Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus (SBH). IF aims to raise awareness on the barriers that older individuals with SBH may encounter and, most importantly, the urgent need to dismantle these barriers.

Explore the IF International Day of Older Persons Toolkit

To mark this day, IF is excited to share the IF International Day of Older Persons toolkit with you. This toolkit is a valuable resource designed to spread awareness and guide your social media engagement.

Download the toolkit in English here.
Download the toolkit in Spanish here.

How to Get Involved

IF challenges you to get involved and share your voice in this crucial conversation about ageing with SBH. Here’s how you can participate:

  1. Share Your Story: Record a video or write a short story to express your thoughts and experiences regarding ageing with SBH. 
  2. Spread the Word: Share the IF International Day of Older Persons toolkit on your social media platforms and tag us using #IFSBH and @IFSBH.
  3. Use IF Frames: Utilise specially designed IF frames in the toolkit that include quotes and key messages to highlight your message. Alternatively, you can use an “empty” frame to share your own essential messages.

October 1 Webinar

As part of the International Day of Older Persons, the IF Working on Ageing with SBH will organise a webinar on Sunday, October 1 focused on discussing best practices for the ageing Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus community. The webinar aims to provide a platform for the ageing SBH community to share insights, discuss the findings of the report, and engage in meaningful conversations about the unique needs and opportunities for the ageing SBH community. Read more here

Please send your materials to [email protected].

IF looks forward to receiving your contributions and sharing them during the International Day of Older Persons on October 1st!