1 October – World marks the 30th anniversary of the International Day of Older Persons

1 October marks the International Day of Older Persons.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in his address calls upon societies to make greater efforts to build more inclusive and age-friendly communities and urges more concerted efforts across the Decade of Healthy Ageing 2020-2030 to improve the lives of older persons, their families and communities.

In the context of 2020 being the Year of the Nurse and Midwife,  a major outcome of the ENhANCE European Curriculum, achieved over the course of 2019, was its local adaptation and piloting with recruitment and enrollment of graduate nurses at higher educational institutes in Italy, Finland and Greece.

The real-life testing of these three pilots will help provide further feedback in view of finalising the ENhANCE European Curriculum and is a further step in promoting and stimulating the development of national curricula for Family and Community Nurses.  Ultimately the aim is to ensure a more comprehensive and wider recognition of the professional profile of the Family and Community Nurse – a vital figure in community-based care and support.