Issues affecting older people
This October, join our CommonAge webinar on the role of older people and their rights in the context of ‘our health, our planet, our future’.
In her capacity as the Africa Ambassador for CommonAge (CommonWealth Association for the Ageing), Tafta CEO, Femada Shamam attended the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Kigali, Rwanda from 20-25 June 2022.
The SASSA Older Person’s Grant – also known as a state pension – is intended to help people who have reached retirement age, have stopped working, and who are struggling financially.
Tafta CEO, Femada Shamam, has called on local government to create safe and healthy environments for the elderly, and provide services such as an elder-friendly indigent policy, which offers concessions toward basic food and transport.
Although the right to health care applies equally to all South Africans, in our unequal society, the reality is very different.
Elder Abuse is everyone’s business. But the signs of elder abuse are not always easy to recognise.
Elder abuse can take place in the home, at the hands of spouses, adult children and even grandchildren. It also happens in institutions such as hospitals or nursing homes
Only 6% of South Africans can retire completely independently of others. The rest are dependent on a small government Old Age Grant, creating a funding gap for those who need frail care or assisted living services.
The South African Constitution states that everyone has the right to equality, a safe environment and access to adequate housing, with no unfair discrimination on the basis of age.
Reference materials related to legislation in place to protect the rights of older persons.