1 October

South Africa joins the world in celebrating International Day of Older Persons on this day.  It is a time not only to highlight their valuable contribution to the globe but also to stress their basic human rights.  Many older persons in South Africa are unaware of their rights and how to enforce them, due to a variety of reasons - see the Rights of the Elderly.   South Africans are welcome to link with Age-in-Action to draw attention to this important day.  Many older persons are victims of terrible abuse and crimes and it would be a good opportunity to try and foster respect and appreciation for these special people on this day.