October 1 is the International Day of Older Persons.
The 45 th session of the UN General Assembly adopted a resolution on the implementation of the international action plan on ageing in 1990 and declared October 1 International Day of Older Persons.
International Day of Older Persons is designated to raise social awareness on population ageing and to take socio-economic, health and medical actions for the care of the aged as the global population is ageing at a rapid pace.
In the DPRK, the older people are leading a happy life free from any worries while gaining the respect of the community as revolutionary forerunners and the elderly under the warm care of the Party and state.
The “Law on Protection of the Aged of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea” was adopted on April 26, 2007, with the objectives to ensure rights and interests of the aged and to enable them to lead a worthwhile and happy life in good mental and physical health. Its legal provisions cover all issues for the elderly protection such as support of dependents, their health improvement, cultural and recreational life and social activities.
In addition to this, a variety of superior policies are implemented exclusively for the people who are enjoying longevity as their living conditions are getting better and their population is on the increase: they are given special attention, their experience of longevity is widely introduced and people over 90 get a special social benefit package.
Respected Comrade Kim Jong Un , the great leader of our Party and the state sends to every centenarian a birthday spread. Scientists, educators and men of literature and arts with academic degrees and titles of academician, professor and doctor, are devoting themselves with wisdom and passion of their young days, even after their retirement age, to the building of the socialist powerful state in the fields of scientific research, education and literature and arts, as they wish and to the best of their ability.
It is also a standard practice in our country to take it not only as a legal obligation but also a moral duty for revolutionary forerunners to take care of, help and respect older persons. Such a social atmosphere is positively encouraged by the state’s popular policies.
In particular, the seniors including war veterans, honored disabled soldiers and the merited people who had rendered distinguished services in national defense and socialist construction are given preferential treatment and close attention to their life.
The elderly in our country are leading a happy life today, enjoying their prime of youth at 60 and longevity at 90 under the warm love and care of respected Comrade Kim Jong Un who is born with moral traits of respecting revolutionary forerunners.