Global communities come together ‘down under’

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Over 800 delegates from all over the world converged in Perth, Australia last September for the 2015 ACSA/IAHSA Joint Conference on ageing. TAFTA’s head of Social Services, Femada Shamam, was awarded a Common Age scholarship to attend the conference. She also presented a paper on Holistic services in an under resourced area. Delegates from around the world were interested in hearing how South African organisations can continue to provide quality services with little input from the government. Femada returned with renewed vigour and enthusiasm to carry forward the vision of […]
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Christmas cheer – thanks to you!

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Once again, loyal friends and supporters ‘came to the party’ to make it possible for nearly 2 000 Durban pensioners to enjoy their annual TAFTA festive lunch. Thank you for supporting this initiative, which brings real joy and companionship to seniors who don’t get many opportunities for social outings. From the end of November, right through to Christmas Day, 17 lunches took place at our various residences and service centres. From individual members of the public who sponsored one or more meals, to the staff at Cook ‘n Care who […]
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Message from Margie

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“You don’t stop dancing because you grow old, you grow old because you stop dancing.” Being awarded the Ponn Aaday (Golden Shawl) for my work with the elderly, during the Tamil Women’s Progressive Movement high tea for TAFTA last October, was both an honour and a humbling experience. It was an honour to have my efforts acknowledged. Elderly people I’ve met have helped me understand what to value most in life – and these suggestions make great New Year Resolutions as we ease into 2016! • Spend more time with […]
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Never too old …

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Often we discuss the plight of elderly people in our care as a group – but of course, it’s a group made up of individuals. Each one is unique and special and, as someone who supports our work, we thought you’d enjoy getting to know them better. … to sew My mother bought me my first sewing machine – a ‘Singer’,” says Sathie Naicker. In 1964 she opened a dress shop in Durban and was very successful. Now retired, Sathie is still sewing, and loves it! … to run At […]
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Dignity in a can of deodrant

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When you run out of deodorant, soap, denture cleaner or toothpaste – and have to wait a week or two until pension pay out date before you can buy more – it’s hard to maintain your dignity. That’s why we are so grateful to everyone who contributed to our Needy Pensioners’ Fund, making it possible for us to quietly slip these essential toiletries into the rooms of pensioners too proud to ask for help. Your kindness is matched only by your deep understanding of what it must be like to […]
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Walk, run, sing and dance – a roundup of recent events

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Stroke Awareness Walk On 28 October, about 90 stroke survivors and older people from TAFTA, Issy Geshen, Beth Shalom, Ekhanana, Zimbambaleni and KwaMashu Christian Care, participated in a walk at the Durban Beachfront. All received certificates, goody bags and vouchers from Circus Circus. Hats off to everyone involved and a huge thank you to our sponsors. Trail Run A very big thank you to Alison Chadwick and her team at Riverside Trail for organising the Young at Heart trail run/walk for TAFTA on Sunday 8 November. The event took place […]
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Why cook?

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Ideal for busy mums and older people who can no longer stand in the kitchen preparing food, TAFTA’s Cook ‘n Care factory in New Germany, which supplies all the meals to our residences and service centres, now offers Food to Go – delicious, nutritious frozen meals direct to the general public. Six meal options are available, with more planned in the year ahead. Choose from well loved favourites such as spaghetti bolognaise, macaroni cheese, vegetable or chicken curry with rice, spanish chicken & rice and beef potjie & rice, competitively […]
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Diary Dates

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Get your diaries out so you remember these important dates … 21 March: Human Rights Day – aged people have the right to dignity, wellbeing, housing, respect and protection, yet many live without these rights. Celebrate the day by sharing it with an elderly relative; if you don’t have a granny or grandpa of your own, why not support TAFTA’s efforts to care for Durban’s seniors? 9 April: TAFTA Fun Walk 8 May: Mother’s Day – time to spoil your mom or grandmother. 19 June: Father’s Day – let’s not […]
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Home for Christmas

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Despite numerous unavoidable delays, builders at John Conradie House stuck by their promise to complete the work in time for residents to move back home for Christmas. It’s been nearly two years since these residents were relocated to alternative accommodation when the building was found to have major weather damage to its external walls. So you can imagine their excitement when they finally moved back … not into their old rooms, but into bright, freshly painted and refurbished rooms with beautiful modern bathroom facilities. One thing hasn’t changed though – […]
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