Many older persons need our care, love


(posted 3 years ago)

It is estimated that the number of older persons will increase from 600 million to more than a billion worldwide by 2025. This was revealed by social development MEC Alvin Botes during the International Day for Older Persons celebration in Upington yesterday.

The day also culminated in the launch of the Provincial Older Persons Forum, which Botes said would be the mouthpiece of older persons and would also serve as a channel to keep them abreast of issues affecting their wellbeing. The day is celebrated on October 1 throughout the world.

Botes said it is an important time to remind governments about their pledges to work towards the Millennium Development Goals of helping to end hunger and poverty, which affects many old people. “It is interesting to note that an older person, according to the United Nations, is someone aged 60 years or over. The purpose of this day is to reflect on the wellbeing of older persons all over the world, their valuable contribution to society and to emphasise their basic human rights, independence, participation, care, self-fulfillment and dignity,” he said.

Botes said this year’s theme of Celebrating The Wisdom of Older Persons highlights the important role that older people play in imparting cultural values, moral values and norms, wisdom, knowledge and skills in everyday lives.

“Over time the role of older people in society changed from being respected as the custodians of traditions, cultural practices and knowledge which were passed on to others, to being a burden on younger people who have to care for them.

“Issues such as poverty, unemployment and the HIV/Aids pandemic further contribute to the woes of older people as they have to take on an ever growing responsibility to care for and support their extended families, with many households relying on older persons for survival, both financially and for taking care of the young and ill,” he said.

“Many older people are victims of terrible abuse and crime and it would be a good opportunity to try and foster respect and appreciation for these special people on this day. So many older persons need our love and attention.”

Many older persons need our care, love

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