Home > News > Public Health 28 September 2013 Elderly South Africans to be honoured Elderly South Africans are to be honoured for their criticial contribution during week-long national festivities . 0 Shutterstock Related SA elderly discard pills for condoms 5 held for robbing elderly couple on farm The international Day of Older Persons will be celebrated on 1 October, a day designated by the United Nations and in honour of this, President Jacob Zuma will on Sunday launch week-long festivities by hosting a party for older persons from all nine provinces.Older Persons Week in South Africa will be observed from 30 September to 6 October and on the last day Grandparents Day will be celebrated.President Zuma will initiate national celebrations and dialogues that will focus on the role, rights and wellbeing of older persons in society as well as celebrate their contribution to today’s South Africa.Older personsThe UN each year provides the theme for the commemoration of International Day of Older Persons, considering the challenges facing older persons globally.This year's theme is "The future we want, what older persons say" and all activities will focus around this theme.President Zuma has urged all South Africans to take Older Persons Week seriously: "We will be observing the rights and dignity of a generation of older persons who were affected by the country's troubled past."They worked hard and raised their children and grandchildren and cared for families as best as they could.Critical contribution"The majority were denied decent education and they were forcibly removed from their homes and suffered immeasurable loss, but they survived", said the president.He urged families and households to ensure that much attention is paid to grandparents in particular on 6 October, Grandparents Day, in the same manner that mothers and fathers are honoured on Mother's Day and Father's Day in the country."In giving expression to the UN theme, South Africa will acknowledge the critical contribution that older persons have made in the development of South Africa", said President Zuma. NEXT ON HEALTH24X Is your water hydrating you? 2017-12-17 12:00 More: NewsPublic Health advertisement Read Health24’s Comments Policy Comment on this story 0 comments Comments have been closed for this article. Logout Comment 0 characters remaining Share on Facebook Loading comments... Other news Diet and nutrition Is your water hydrating you? Fitness 5 ways to save your knees and joints Lifestyle 7 ways dermatologists protect their skin – without totally avoiding the sun Fitness From obesity to a 100-miler running machine! News NSFW: Man with world’s biggest penis now ‘disabled’ News 10 freak accidents that killed people From our sponsors Discover treatments that can help reduce acne What can I do to reduce or remove acne marks? Dementia and Incontinence: what you need to know WIN a R2000 Skin Renewal online store voucher! Live healthier Watch out! » Gross fungal infections you can pick up at the gym You go to gym to exercise. But make sure the only thing you pick up is a dumbbell and not one of these gross fungal infections. Holiday health » Your 10-step asthma holiday checklist Don’t let asthma ruin your summer holiday. Whether you are travelling or embracing the summer at home, make sure you plan ahead.