A number of activities and attractions were organised for the day, including health checks, a zumba workout, tablet training, a muumuu parade – all accompanied by the sounds of live music.
Dignitaries including traditional leaders, Members of Parliament, and government officials came out to support the seniors.
In the Cook Islands, recently collected data indicates the number of persons 60-years of age and older represented 12 per cent of the total population.
International Day of Older Persons falls on October 1 every year and is celebrated around the globe.
This year, efforts were made to focus on the approximately 600 million persons aged 60-years and over – a number that’s expected to double by 2025.
According to the most recent census undertaken in the Cook Islands, the number of persons 60-years of age and older represented 12 per cent of the total population.
The theme for this year’s commemoration, as described by the United Nations, is “Leaving No One Behind: Promoting a Society for All”.