United Nations Principles for Older Persons
- Elderly individuals should have access to adequate food, water, shelter, clothing, and health services through family assistance, community support or income support, or their efforts.
- Senior Citizens should have the opportunity to work or have other income-generating opportunities.
- Senior Citizens should participate in decision-making processes regarding when and how long to withdraw from the workforce.
- Senior Citizens should have access to appropriate education and training programs.
- Elderly individuals should live in safe and adaptable environments according to their personal preferences and different capacities.
- Senior Citizens should remain a part of the society and actively participate in the preparation and implementation processes of policies that directly affect their welfare levels; they should share their knowledge and skills with young generations.
- Senior Citizens should pursue or create opportunities to serve the public and take part voluntarily in positions appropriate to their interests and abilities.
- Elderly individuals should be able to initiate elderly-oriented rights-seeking initiatives or establish an association.
- Senior Citizens should benefit from family and social care and protection within the cultural values system of each society.
- Senior Citizens should have access to health services that help them maintain or achieve the best physical, mental, and emotional well-being or prevent or delay the disease’s onset.
- Senior Citizens should have access to social and legal services to improve their independence, social protection, and care.
- Elderly individuals should benefit from institutional care services that offer social and mental stimulation and social protection and rehabilitation in a humane and safe environment.
- Senior Citizens should enjoy all human rights and fundamental freedoms if they stay in any shelter, care, or treatment center; their dignity, beliefs, needs, and privacy should be fully respected, and they should have a say over their quality of life and care.
- Older individuals should be able to pursue opportunities in order to develop their full potential.
- Older individuals should have access to the educational, cultural, spiritual, and entertainment-oriented resources of the society.
- Older individuals should live in dignity and security, away from physical or mental abuse.
- Senior Citizens should be valued regardless of their age, gender, race or ethnic origin, disability, or another status, and regardless of their economic contribution.