Sunshine Club Dance

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The Sunshine Club will be hosting a dance evening on Saturday 2 May at St John’s Hall, Rippon Road, Sydenham – from 7pm until midnight. All welcome to join us for a lovely evening out, with Craig Thomas providing the music to get your feet tapping. Just R60 per person. Dress: smart. Call Nivi on 031 33 23 721 for more details. See you there!
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Stroke patients enjoy mini Olympics

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Members of the Stroke Group at the Association for Physically Challenged in Sherwood recently met with member of a similar group at TAFTA on Ridge for a morning of socialising and friendly competition. Members challenged each other at skittles, ring toss, darts and deck quoits. The event was such a success that we are going to repeat it again in June.
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Latest updates on our Everest climbers

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    2 April: Eileen and Philip van Greunen, who are climbing to Everest Base Camp to raise awareness and funds for the care of our elderly, have embarked on their journey. First stop, Doha, Qatar. 7 April at 11:57 Eileen and Philip started climbing today. With limited signal and no internet connectivity, communication has become more troublesome. The latest feedback is, “Just arrived at Namche. Very tough climb today. Started at 7am and it is now 2:30pm. It is ice cold and at an altitude of 3 550 metres.” […]
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New Care Practitioners graduate

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After three months of hard work – including 5 weeks of practical training, 12 assignments and two written exams – the latest group of TAFTA trained Care Practitioners graduated with flying colours at the beginning of April.  Congratulations to you all! Job well done to our facilitators as well. Worldwide, there is a huge demand for trained carers with the skills and empathy to look after physically and mentally dependent people, especially frail elderly people. TAFTA has a wealth of knowledge and experience in this field, and the training we […]
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Everest climbers visit John Conradie House residents

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Our John Conradie House residents had an interesting visit on Thursday 2 April from Eileen and Philip Van Greunen, who brought lovely Easter treats for the seniors, and presented a slide show on their climb for TAFTA. The couple – from Specifying Techniques –  are climbing to Everest Base Camp in May this year to raise funds for TAFTA. The Van Greunens are passionate about climbing mountains and have many successful expeditions under their belt already, including the Matterhorn in Switzerland, Mount Kilimanjaro and Aconcagua, the highest mountains in Africa and […]
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Fulfilling retirement not only about money

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Although you should be concerned about your financial security in retirement, having sufficient money will not necessarily buy you happiness. According to John Anderson, head of research and product development at Alexander Forbes, it is important to prioritise your spending according to your needs and financial resources. A good way to achieve contentment and financial stability before and during retirement is to base your spending on Maslow’s hierarchy of needs. This is often portrayed as a pyramid with the largest, most fundamental levels of needs at the bottom and the […]
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Make the most of discounted bank rates

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Most banks offer special rates for people over the age of 55 or 60, which include reduced transactional fees and preferential interest rates on fixed deposits. But there are catches: lower or zero costs are mostly conditional on you maintaining a fairly substantial minimum balance in your account, or a substantial amount in a linked savings account. Another condition of avoiding high charges is that you make use of technology. Not all pensioners have substantial savings that they can use to maintain a high minimum balance. And many older pensioners […]
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Avoid these retirement risks

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Ken Russell, a financial adviser at Alexander Forbes, offers these insights into common financial risks facing us when we reach retirement age. [Source: Personal Finance in The Independent on Saturday, 21 March 2015] PRE-RETIREMENT RISKS The financial risks you face before you retire are: Waking up too late to the need to save. Unexpected life events. Divorce or illness can seriously affect your finances. Russell says that it can take 10 years to recover financially from a divorce. Forced early retirement. Most retirement funds plan on you retiring at age […]
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