28 September - 04 October

During this special week, we invite corporates, churches, communities and schools, to partner Age-in-Action in doing something special for our senior citizens in recognition for the sacrifices they have made to build up our country, as well as honour them for still being a reliable resource in our lives today. Link with your closest provincial office and find out how you can get involved in this exciting and rewarding exercise, as it would be a shame to let this week go by without acknowledging our older people.

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.

The World Elder Abuse Awareness Day was launched on 15 June 2006 in New York and observed in countries like Japan, Uganda, Gambia, Sweden, Israel, Nigeria, Ireland, Canada, Korea and India.  South Africa joined them in 2007 where over 3000 seniors took to the streets to show their abhorence of elder abuse.

Age-in-Action joined the rest of the world in drawing attention to the scourge of elder abuse and to break the silence.  The aim this day was to:

  • increase public awareness of elder abuse, i.e. what it is and where advice and assistance are available;

  • make the public more aware of the elderly in the communities; and

  • recognise elder abuse and take decisive action against it.

One of Age-in-Action's core business is to initiate and promote programmes aimed at advancing the status, well being, safety and security of vulnerable and needy older persons.  The organisation does regular training on the prevention of elder abuse and also ntworks with other stakeholders to ensure the best intervention and care of victims.

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Details are as follows:

a) Date      : 08 - 10 October 2013 [Tuesday to Thursday]

b) Venue    : Goudini Spa in Rawsonville, Cape Town

    [approx. 1 hour's drive from Cape Town International Airport]

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