Giving Tuesday

Giving Tuesday – what’s it all about?

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Giving Tuesday is a movement that began in America in 2012 and spread rapidly across the globe via social media platforms. It follows immediately after Black Friday and Cyber Monday – as an antidote to the mass consumerism of these shopping frenzies. This year, Giving Tuesday falls on 30 November. So what exactly is it all about? And is it something you should be getting involved in? Yes! If you feel it’s important to give back to your community, to uplift your less fortunate neighbours, and support charitable organisations that […]
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KZN Top women in business - Femada Shamam

KZN’s Top Women in Business – Tafta CEO earns her spot

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We are excited to celebrate the announcement of our CEO, Femada Shamam, as one of only 30 women hailed at the Standard Bank’s KZN Top Women in Business gala evening, which took place on 18 November at the Coastlands Umhlanga Hotel. Since beginning her career at The Association for The Aged as a newly qualified Social Worker, Shamam has been instrumental in changing the lives of older people. Now, as Chief Executive Officer, she represents Tafta on various local, national and international platforms. She also lobbies and advocates for the […]
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Help children form strong bonds with their grandparents by including everyone at Christmas

Teaching kids to care

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So you’ve decided on a big family get together this Christmas to make up for the disappointment of last year. You’ll fetch mom from the old age home, organise an Uber for the in laws, and everyone will have the most wonderful time together. Or will they? If your kids and your parents haven’t seen each other in a while, they may struggle to connect. Granny simply has no idea what interests a 13-year old boy nowadays – while your teen may be so used to texting peers via WhatsApp […]
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Wicus Jacobs

2020/21 Annual General Meeting

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Tafta’s AGM took place on Thursday 28 October at Tafta on Ridge with all Covid-19 protocols observed. Chairman of the Board, Mr Wicus Jacobs delivered his report for the financial year 2020/21, as did CEO Femada Shamam. Click here for CEO’s message. Please click here to read the Annual Report.
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Femada Shamam, Chief Executive Officer of Tafta

Tafta calls on local governments to prioritize the elderly

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Ahead of the municipal elections set to take place on 1 November 2021, Tafta is calling on local government bodies to prioritize the elderly. With our month-long commemoration of the United Nations International Day of Older Persons drawing to a close just as the elections begin, Tafta has highlighted the need to promote active ageing and improve service delivery to the aged. Global growth of older populations On a global scale, the population of older people is growing, with the global average of life expectancy forecast in 2019 as 72,6 […]
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exercise for the over 60s

Healthy Exercise for the over 60s

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While some elders continue to run marathons and play tennis well into their 70s and even 80s, most of us slow down as we age. That doesn’t mean we should give up exercising. Regular exercise remains vitally important throughout life. Exercise for the over 60s helps improve both mental and physical health. It can prevent conditions such as heart disease and diabetes, which are more common among older adults. Even light exercise, such as walking is beneficial. Apart from increasing strength and flexibility, exercise also improves balance and coordination. This […]
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Right to health care

Human Rights and your health

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Section 27 of our Constitution states that all South Africans have the right to access health care. As we age, that right becomes more important. Because, diseases like cancer, diabetes, arthritis and high blood pressure are more common in older people. So too are problems with vision and hearing. But, although the right to health care applies equally to all South Africans, in our unequal society, the reality is very different. If you are comfortably off, with a good medical aid and your own car, you have immediate access to […]
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Day of Older Persons

Tafta commemorates International Day of Older Persons with launch of innovative Telemedicine platform

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The annual Week of Older Persons, leading into the United Nations Day of Older Persons on 1 October 2021, is one of the most coveted celebrations at The Association for The Aged (Tafta). This year, we are commemorating the resilience of older people through the Coronavirus pandemic. With this year’s theme for International Day of Older Persons being ‘Digital Equity for All Ages’  Tafta, in collaboration with LionPride Investment Holdings, is launching the pilot of an internationally renowned health monitoring digital application to Tafta elders, both in our homes and […]
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medical screening test: blood pressure

10 routine health checks that could save your life

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These past 18 months have seen us focus on our health like never before. There’s nothing like a life-threatening disease to remind you that you can’t take your good health for granted. But, Covid-19 aside, there are many other diseases and conditions that can threaten our health. Now is a good time to talk about the preventative measures we can take … in particular, medical screening tests that should be done regularly. This is especially important for those who are getting on in years. Elders living at Tafta’s Kings Hall […]
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Tafta Heritage Buildings - Oldfield Chapel

5 iconic Tafta buildings that have shaped our heritage

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September is Heritage Month, a time to celebrate the culture and history of our people. As an organisation that has served the people of Durban for 63 years, Tafta has its own proud heritage. Where we come from as an organisation is closely linked to the buildings we own. Some are existing buildings that have been converted to old age homes, while others were built specifically for this purpose. Journey through history with us, as we celebrate five iconic heritage buildings. 1. Cambridge House Cambridge House was Tafta’s first old […]
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