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International Day of Older Persons

Join us on Tuesday 1 October to celebrate International Day of Older Persons 2019.

The day will begin with a walking tour at leisurely pace with local historian, Georgia from Cairns Urban Walking Tours, then enjoy morning tea with a social media workshop hosted by our social media experts.

All proceeds go towards AccorHotels Community Fund Australia which contributes to the following charities; Kokoda Youth FoundationLifelineGarvan Institute of Medical ResearchAIME Mentoring and Australian Childhood Foundation.

Tuesday 1 October | 9am - 11.30am | $35 per person


Bookings are essential and numbers are limited.

At Cairns Harbour Lights Hotel, we recognise the essential contribution the majority of older men and women can make to the functioning of society. Empowering older persons in all dimensions of development, including promoting their active participation in social, economic and political life, is one way to ensure their inclusiveness and reduce inequalities.

This year's theme is "The Journey to Age Equality" which aims to:

  • Draw attention to the existence of old age inequalities and how this often results from a cumulation of disadvantages throughout life, and highlight intergenerational risk of increased old age inequalities.
  • Bring awareness to the urgency of coping with existing — and preventing future — old age inequalities.
  • Explore societal and structural changes in view of life course policies: life-long learning, proactive and adaptive labour policies, social protection and universal health coverage.
  • Reflect on best practices, lessons and progress on the journey to ending older age inequalities and changing negative narratives and stereotypes involving "old age."