Assisted Living, Ecuador, Ecuador Senior Living, Health & Wellness

International Day of Older Persons in Cuenca, Ecuador

sweethearts from Sayusi
sweethearts from Sayusi

 

October 1 is International Day of Older Persons. It has been recognized as such since the acceptance of a UN decree December 14, 1990.

According to the World Health Organization, an arm of the U.N., there are 600 million persons around the world who are 60 or over. By 2025 the number of older adults is expected to double, and by 2050, there will be 2 billion, the vast majority of whom will be from developing nations.

One such developing nation is Ecuador which celebrates this day with parades and festivities in cities nationwide.

Seniors in Ecuador, whether from privileged backgrounds or farming communities, participate with gusto.

In Cuenca, an Andean city, the province of Azuay, the city, national government social services (MIES), assisted living homes, and the University of Older Adults participate. Yesterday, according to MIES, over 1000 seniors marched in the parade from the corner of Borrero in front of a MIES office, all the way down Calle Larga, a main city street, to the Banco Central, about a 1/2 mile away. In the courtyard of the Banco Central there was dancing, a senior band, a play, Ecuadorian food, and handicrafts made by seniors.

Below are photos of the memorable event…

University of Older Adults for "active, healthy, and productive aging"
University of Older Adults for “active, healthy, and productive aging”

 

Graduates of the University of Older Adults
Graduates of the University of Older Adults
Seniors from Plentitud Assisted Living led by their dedicated administrator Dolores with pin on lapel
Seniors from Plentitud Assisted Living led by their dedicated administrator Dolores with pin on lapel
real life sweethearts...
real life sweethearts…

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senior band from a pueblo outside the city
senior band from a pueblo outside the city

 

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crafts handmade by seniors for sale
crafts handmade by seniors for sale
more handicrafts
more handicrafts
made with love
made with love
precious lady making a straw hat
precious lady making a straw hat
cuy aka roasted guinea pig, a favorite Cuencano food
cuy aka roasted guinea pig, a favorite Cuencano food
pork and potato/corn patties prepared by Plentitud Assisted Living
pork and potato/corn patties prepared by Plentitud Assisted Living

 

 

 

listening to music
listening to music
Pedro Calle, MIES sociologist w/ Lcda Yolanda Arias, MIES Senior Analyst
Pedro Calle, MIES sociologist w/ Lcda Yolanda Arias, MIES Senior Analyst

 

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