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 The pros and cons of 4 sleeping positions 1 minute ago 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 Medical The pros and cons of 4 sleeping positions Medical 7 facts you probably didn’t know about hearing aids Medical This man was constipated for 22 years Diet and nutrition What energy drink in SA is the worst for you? Medical Can allergies really cause mental health issues? Lifestyle We asked a pilot all the questions you’ve always wanted to know about flying From our sponsors Tell-tale signs you need a mattress upgrade Keen to win a R2 000 voucher? Good health begins in your gastrointestinal tract ACC 200 works fast to break down mucus Live healthier Contraceptives and you » Scientists create new contraceptive from seaweed Poor long-term birth control training leads to 'accidents' 7 birth control myths you should stop believing Will the Pill make you gain weight? Can you fall pregnant while breastfeeding? We bust seven common myths about birth control. Your digestive health » Causes of digestive disorders 9 habits that could hurt your digestive system Your tummy rumblings might help diagnose bowel disorder With the assistance of an 'acoustic belt', doctors can now determine the cause of your tummy troubles.