Did you know?
- Currently there are just over 2.75 million elderly persons (65+ years of age) in our country, of which 1 million are already over the age of 75.
- The popoulation of the whole world, including South Africa, is getting older than before and therefore the number of older persons are set to increase dramatically in the near future.
- Only a small number of older persons will get housing and care in old age homes or other places of care.
- The responsibility of caring for the elderly already rests on the shoulders of the community and in the future even more so.
South African situation
In line with the Older Persons Act, Act 13 of 2006, communities must shoulder the biggest responsiblity for the wellness of the elderly. Unfortunately our communities are not geared to this task. South Africans will have to learn to treat the elderly with respect, love, patience and humanity. A new awareness will have to be created about the plight of the elderly and what individuals, families, organisations and society can do to make the world a better place for the elderly.
For this purpose, Project 21 lauched a campaign entitled Go turquoise for the elderly running from 15 May (International Family Day) to 15 June (World Elderly Abuse Awareness Day).
All South Africans are therefore requested to Go Turquoise 4 the Elderly from 15 May to 15 June by wearing turquoise coloured clothing and by displaying ribbons and other items in turquoise wherever possible.