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. More in News Friday as safe as any other day for surgery 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 Parenting Infants should share parents' room to help prevent SIDS Lifestyle Blood for transfusion doesn't have to be fresh Medical Calcium supplements safe for heart Medical QUIZ: Can you live with only one lung? Fitness Brain changes found in kids after one season of football Lifestyle Smoking linked to one-fourth of US cancer deaths From our sponsors Keep an eye on your vision Which skin products are better, ‘medical grade’ or ‘over-the-counter’? Win 1 of 6 R5000 cash prizes Win a R2 000 Skin Renewal voucher Live healthier Exercise benefits for seniors » Working out in the concrete jungle Even a little exercise may help prevent dementia Here’s an unexpected way to boost your memory: running Seniors who exercise recover more quickly from injury or illness When sedentary older adults got into an exercise routine, it curbed their risk of suffering a disabling injury or illness and helped them recover if anything did happen to them. No relief for MS » Drug shows promise against MS in mouse study Vitamin D may slow multiple sclerosis Obesity in girls tied to higher MS risk Exercise may not lower women's risk of MS A Harvard study showed no evidence to support the idea that exercise lowers the risk of multiple sclerosis.