Almost every day of the year comes with a special designation. Some are silly but others are serious.
For example, Sept. 8 is UNESCO International Literacy Day. Illiteracy is not a Third World problem. The Canadian Literacy and Learning Network estimates 42 percent of Canadian adults between the ages of 16 and 65 have low literacy skills. More than half of working-age Canadians have less than adequate literacy skills.
Sept. 21 is World Alzheimer’s Day and September is World Alzheimer’s Month. More than 747,000 Canadians are living with Alzheimer’s or another dementia. Worldwide, at least 44 million people have dementia.
The theme for 2016 is Remember Me. People are asked to share memories on social media with the hashtags #RememberMe #WAM2016.
The federal government established National Seniors Day Oct. 1 in 2010. One in seven Canadians is 65 or older. By 2036, nearly one in four Canadians will be a senior. The baby boomers are not going gently into the good night. According to population projections, the number of people reaching their 100th birthday could reach 20,300 in 2036.
If you visit MrsJanuary.com, you will find a list of restaurants, pharmacies, hotels, national stores that offer discounts to seniors. For more information, like the Seniors in Canada Facebook page.
Oct. 16 is International Boss’s Day. This is what Wikipedia says: “It has traditionally been a day for employees to thank their bosses for being kind and fair throughout the year.” Hallmark has issued a Boss Day card since 1979. Does anyone ever buy one?
Persons Day is Oct. 18 in Canada. On this day in 1929 the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council of Great Britain gave women the right to be appointed to the Canadian Senate and this gave women the same legal status as men. White women 21 and older were given the vote in 1918. Most women of colour including Chinese, East Indian and Japanese women weren’t allowed to vote until the late 1940s. Aboriginal women covered by the Indian Act couldn’t vote for band councils until 1951 and couldn’t vote in federal elections until 1960.
Curiously, Persons Day is the same day as International Menopause Day. This day was created to increase awareness about health-related issues of women who are menopausal. It was established by the International Menopause Society in Britain in 1979. Believe it or not, almost all its presidents have been men!