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 This is how Viagra can help you live longer 2018-04-22 09:17 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 Lifestyle This is how Viagra can help you live longer Lifestyle Why women are opting to get their virginity restored through hymenoplasty Parenting Does mom's dagga end up in breast milk? News SEE: This surprising group is at risk of getting Listeriosis Medical A quick guide to sinus-related congestion Fitness The genius ab exercise that all gymnasts use, but everyone else ignores From our sponsors WIN a R2 000 beauty voucher! Understanding diabetes self-management Fed up with the Phlemings? Let’s chat diabetes and erectile dysfunction Live healthier FYI » When the flu turns deadly Why the flu makes you feel so miserable Could a deadly flu strain hit SA this winter? Following an intense flu season in the US and UK, should we be worried about our own upcoming flu season? Alcohol and acne » Dagga vs alcohol: Which is worse? SEE: Why you are drinking more alcohol than you realise Does alcohol cause acne? Some foods can be a trigger for acne, but what about alcohol? Dermatologist Dr Nerissa Moodley weighs in.