Day of the Older Person

A society that does not value its older people denies its roots and endangers its future. Let us strive to enhance their capacity to support themselves for as long as possible and, when they cannot do so anymore, to care for them.” – Nelson Mandela.

1 October is National Day For Older Persons, an Internationally celebrated holiday. The holiday is celebrated by raising awareness about issues affecting the elderly such as senescence and elderly abuse. It is also a day to appreciate the contributions that elderly people make to society.


Naturally, we at Retire At Home greatly value this day.


For so many of us, life has become so busy it is passing us by at an alarming pace. As children, we wish we could be older, and when we reach adulthood, responsibility weighs heavily on us. By the time we reach our senior years, the experience and life lessons we have gained can fill books.


As we celebrate, International day of older persons, let us be reminded to spend time with our loved ones. Ask for their stories, listen to the advice they have, make them feel valued. Honouring the sacrifices they have made and the work they have done. Let us teach our children to value their grandparents and treat them with love and respect.


A society is built upon the contributions of many generations, and to disregard one group of our community, in the words of Nelson Mandela, could endanger our future.

Love the people around you, spend time with them while you can, and care for those who can no longer care for themselves - they deserve it.