United Nation Principles for Older People
|To add life to the years
that have been added to life, the United Nations General assembly adopted the following
Principles for Older Persons on 16th December 1991 (Resolution No.46/91).
- Older Persons should have access to adequate food, water, shelter, clothing and health
care through the provision of income, family & community support and self-help.
- Older persons should have the opportunity to work or to have access to other
- Older persons should be able to participate in determining when and at what pace
withdrawal from the labour force takes place.
- Older persons should have access to appropriate educational and training programs.
- Older persons should be able to live in environments that are safe and adaptable to
personal preferences and changing capacities.
- Older persons should be able to reside at home for as long as possible.
- Older persons should remain integrated in society, participate actively in the
formulation and implementation of policies that directly affect their well-being and share
their knowledge and skills with younger generations.
- Older persons should be able to speak and develop opportunities for service to the
community and serve as voluteers in positions appropriate to their interests and
- Older persons should be able to form movements or associations of older persons.
- Older persons should benefit from family and community care and protection in accordance
with each society's systems or cultural values.
- Older persons should have access to health care to help them to maintain or regain the
optimum level of physical, mental and emotional well-being and to prevent or delay the
onset of illness.
- Older persons should have access to social and legal services to enhance their autonomy,
protection and care.
- Older persons should be able to utilise appropriate levels of institutional care
providing protection, rehabilitation and social and mental stimulation in a human and
- Older persons should be able to enjoy human rights and fundamental freedoms when
residing in shelter, care or treatment facility, including full respect for their dignity,
beliefs, needs and privacy and for the right to make decisions about their care and the
quality of their lives.
- Older persons should be able to pursue opportunities for the full development of their
- Older persons should have access to the educational, cultural, spiritual and
recreational resources of society.
- Older persons should be able to live in dignity and security and be free of exploitation
and physical or mental abuse.
- Older persons should be treated fairly regardless of age, gender, racial or ethnic
background, disability or other status, and valued independently of their economic
|"People are created to give something back to the world. The best
way to solve problems is to work together with compassion towards betterment of human life
through helping improve the quality of all individuals".