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October 1: International Day of Older Persons

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October 1, 2015 marks the 25th anniversary of the celebration of the International Day of Older Persons, which is sometimes called the International Day for the Elderly. This is a day that is Home-Care-Gilbert-AZdedicated to the sustainability of age as well as focus on the inclusiveness of seniors into our ever-increasingly technology-dependent and urbanized society.

This is a great day to focus our attentions on senior care at the cultural level, and to think about what our society is doing for those who have done the most for us.

International Senior Day is sponsored in part by the United Nations, whose goal is to direct attention towards seniors across the world who are in need of medical support and in-home care. There are tens of thousands of seniors who are living in subpar conditions, whether as a result of lost family members, war torn countries, mental illness, or poverty. October 1st is a day to raise awareness to the many seniors who are in need, and to encourage the rest among us to do our part in supporting the older persons within our culture.

No one likes to think about aging, but the reality is that aging is a fundamental part of life. The World Health Organization uses October 1st as a way to raise awareness to the fact that our aging population is actually one of the worlds largest, largely thanks to advances in medical treatment and options for home care that provides many seniors with abilities to live longer and healthier lives. As of 2015 there are more than 600 million people who are over the age of 60. By 2025 this number is expected to be closer to 1200 million, and by 2050 it is expected to reach two billion.

The lifestyle and expectations that we set now for the elders of our own society will set an example for how we ourselves will be treated, as well as those who are still yet to come. It is a cross cultural phenomenon that as the world continues to age, it continues to advance, and there are many seniors who are left on the sidelines as those advancements become more commonplace.

Let October 1st be a day for you to appreciate the older peoples within your own life, and take this opportunity to focus on inclusivity and to teach a senior how to use the internet more effectively. Introduce a senior to video chatting and instant messaging, and help them get connected with lost friends.  The younger generations among us know full and well how fundamental the internet is to living a happy life in the 21st century. Bring a little bit of that to the senior care, and the world might be a slightly happier place for many of our aging adults.

If you or an aging loved one are considering hiring home care services in Gilbert, AZ, please contact the caring staff at About You Home Care (480) 427-4840. Servicing Phoenix and the surrounding communities.


Debbie McLay

Founder and CEO at About You Home Care
Debbie McLay has had a ten year career working as a Behavioral Health Technician providing Direct Care to youth and adults with behavioral challenges, including substance abuse, eating disorders, domestic violence, and mental illness. For her exceptional work in this area Debbie was nominated for Subcontractor Employee of the Year by Value Options, an organization contracted to manage the mental health system in Maricopa County, and her client was nominated for the Most Successful Client of the Year. Debbie’s entrepreneurial endeavors began twelve years ago when she owned a successful retail business in a busy mall.

Debbie experienced firsthand in her own family the challenges that caregiver’s endure when caring for an aging loved one and saw a need for providers who adhere to a higher standard with exceptional service and individualized care that she herself provided in her behavioral health career. Debbie combined her background in healthcare with her entrepreneurial experience and founded About You Home Care with a vision of serving others who were faced with the struggles that her family had experienced. She’s also a strong believer in community service and does volunteer work for Duet, a nonprofit organization that provides aid for older adults and their families that face the difficult challenges associated with aging. Debbie has been on the fundraising event Steering Committee since 2011 and served as the event chair for two of those years.

Debbie did her Undergraduate studies in Psychology and Behavioral Science with Honors and pursued additional education in Chemical Dependency Counseling.