Through the Tourist Board PromoTurismoFVG, all regional culture, nature, wine and food excellence is valued by the Region, also by means of initiatives suitable to Italian or foreign elderly tourists’ requirements.
The project “a Region for All” aims to make accessible and enjoyable tourist places and experiences in Friuli Venezia Giulia. InfoPoints( tourist offices spread all over the Region ) staff, tourist and environmental guides, and tour managers were trained in order to better welcome elderly people.
The activities schedule for 2018 concern the creation of training and updating for hotel accommodation operators and the regional tourism offer to sensibilize operators to elderly tourism (focused on seniors and / or carriers of pathologies and / or disabilities).
The training will be carried out by Promoturismo FVG and by the Local Health Authority n. 2 "Bassa Friulana-Isontina".
Training and updating for health personnel working in the summer tourist health services in Lignano and Grado were also concluded in 2018.
Cammino Celeste (HeavenlyPath):
Friuli Venezia Giulia region is marked by ancient pilgrimage routes and historical walks which are of increasing interest to international tourists, who enjoy a beautiful hike not only for religious purposes, but also for environmental or cultural reasons. Cammino Celeste, a historical route used for centuries, is publicly rediscovered in 2008 and meant to be a pilgrimage route for the Italian, Slavic and German people.
The name “Cammino Celeste” (Heavenly Path) alludes to the network created by the route among places so diverse but with in common the ancient Marian devotion.
The Italian stretch of Cammino Celeste winds its way in ten stages. The starting point is placed in Aquileia, then it passes through Cormòns, Castelmonte, Cividale del Friuli, Gran Monte, Resia and Dogna valleys, all the way to the Sanctuary of Mount Lussari. Some paths are accessible for everyone, that means also for people over 65 years old who enjoy walking.
Guidedtours on itinerariessuitable to people over 65:
In our Region, PromoturismoFVG promotes many activities and itineraries, among which many are suitable to people over 65 years old who are very fond of outdoor life, want to walk around and visit places of interest with a tourist guide through visits tailored to meet their requirements: since older people generally have moving difficulties and suffer easily from fatigue, the visits will be limited to short periods of time and not too long itineraries. A list of all available guided tours is updated and published on this website, since they change seasonally.
International Day of Older Persons 1 October
Almost 700 million people are now over the age of 60. By 2050, 2 billion people, over 20 per cent of the world’s population, will be 60 or older. The increase in the number of older people will be the greatest and the most rapid in the developing world, with Asia as the region with the largest number of older persons, and Africa facing the largest proportionate growth. With this in mind, enhanced attention to the particular needs and challenges faced by many older people is clearly required. Just as important, however, is the essential contribution the majority of older men and women can continue to make to the functioning of society if adequate guarantees are in place. Human rights lie at the core of all efforts in this regard.
Living up to the Secretary-General’s guiding principle of “Leaving No-One Behind” necessitates the understanding that demography matters for sustainable development and that population dynamics will shape the key developmental challenges that the world in confronting in the 21st century. If our ambition is to “Build the Future We Want”, we must address the population over 60 which is expected to reach 1.4 billion by 2030.
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) turns 70 this year and the International Day for Older Persons celebrates the importance of this Declaration, and reaffirms the commitment to promoting the full and equal enjoyment of all human rights and fundamental freedoms by older persons.
Older human rights champions today were born around the time of the adoption of the UDHR in 1948. They are as diverse as the society in which they live: from older people advocating for human rights at the grass root and community level to high profile figures on the international stage. Each and every one demands equal respect and acknowledgement for their dedication and commitment to contributing to a world free from fear and free from want.
The 2018 theme aims to:
- Promote the rights enshrined in the Declaration and what it means in the daily lives of older persons;
- Raise the visibility of older people as participating members of society committed to improving the enjoyment of human rights in many areas of life and not just those that affect them immediately;
- Reflect on progress and challenges in ensuring full and equal enjoyment of human rights and fundamental freedoms by older persons; and
- Engage broad audiences across the world and mobilize people for human rights at all stages of life.