Active aging event uplifts senior citizens’ voices

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Active aging event uplifts senior citizens’ voices

Nine older persons associations gathered in Mbombela to address social problems
facing senior citizens. It was a lively event, with facts complemented by song and
dance, turning it into a multi-cultural celebration that highlighted their concerns.

They outlined issues like needing access to adult diapers, special queues for grants and
medication, ending means testing for old-age grants, increased home-based care,
protection from accusations of witchcraft, decent housing, and funding opportunities for
agriculture. They also called for segregating crime statistics to include sexual violence
against older persons and making courts more age-friendly.

President Cyril Ramaphosa noted the increased lifespan in South Africa from 54 to 65
years, showcasing the democratic government’s progressive policies. This necessitates
planning for an ageing population and reducing disease burden.

Despite rainy conditions, older persons enthusiastically participated in soccer games,
prioritizing wellness over results. The National Department of Social Development
hosted the two-day sporting festival, preaching active ageing.

Mbombela was abuzz with senior citizens stretching their limbs to prevent non-
communicable diseases. Football was played by both men and women, breaking sweat
for the same purpose. Active ageing promotes social cohesion while restoring the
dignity and rights of older persons.

Those unable to play showcased their talents through music and dance. Minister
Lindiwe Zulu emphasized the event’s importance, coinciding with National Human
Rights Month, advocating for the rights of the growing older population.

The active ageing program informs older persons about their rights and establishes
cooperation with the government to identify, voice, and address their concerns and
needs, encouraging respect for their constitutional rights.

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