Ready to ‘face’ the world – thanks to you!

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Remember Mrs Isaacs*, the lady who suffered a stroke that left her completely paralysed and dependent on us for her every need? Thanks to special ‘angels’ like you who sponsor the cost of her care, she is safe and happy at John Conradie House. Her family visits at least once a week and are so grateful to Tafta – and you. After learning that Mrs Isaacs never used to leave the house without putting on her make-up, staff in our frail care unit started doing her make-up for her every […]
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Ensuring your home is suitable and safe

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If you choose Ageing in Place for yourself or a loved one, you may need to make some changes to your home. Steps As we get older, climbing steps becomes more difficult. • Replace steps with ramps • Install an elevator or stair lift • Relocate the bedroom to a room on the ground floor Falls Weak legs, impaired balance or vision, or disorientation caused by dementia can lead to dangerous falls. • Remove loose rugs, footstools, and other tripping hazards • Install grab bars in the toilet and shower […]
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A life well lived

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In June we celebrated the 100th birthday of Tafta resident, Emmerentia Lecourt de Billot, with a small party at Tafta Lodge. Like many of our residents, Emmie has wonderful stories to tell if you simply take the time to listen. Born on 18 June 1918 at Smithfield in the Free State, she has led a life of extraordinary adventure and romance. After completing her schooling, Emmie headed for the bright lights of Johannesburg where she met her future husband, Doug Ellis, a young engineer studying for his pilot’s licence. “He […]
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Tafta commemorates International Day of Older Persons

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This year, the theme of  the United Nations’ International Day of Older Persons on 1 October is “Celebrating Older Human Rights Champions”. Tafta, which annually commemorates the day, will use the opportunity to showcase some of our elders’ wisdoms and human rights experiences. CEO Femada Shamam hopes that by doing so, the association will dispel some of the myths and stigmas of diminished mental capacity often associated with the ageing process. “As the UN declaration around ageing rightfully states, the process of ageing should not compromise an older person’s fundamental […]
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What a year it has been

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As Tafta’s 60th Anniversary year draws to a close, we take a look back at some of the highlights. The year kicked off with a series of flag hoisting and cake cutting ceremonies at each of our residences, during which we paid tribute to the elders we serve – after all, they are the reason for our existence! Grateful thanks to Chateau Gateaux, who donated all the delicious cakes. Golf Day Our annual golf day took place on 10 May and was well attended by local corporates, with executives and […]
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Willing to help

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During National Wills Week from 17-21 September, South Africans around the country were able to get a basic Will drawn up free of charge by qualified attorneys from participating law firms. Launched by the South African Law Society in 2007, this annual event is designed to promote awareness of the importance of having a valid Will, and to provide services to those who might otherwise not have access to qualified legal advice. If you missed out and don’t want to wait until September 2019 to make your Will, please contact […]
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What is elder abuse?

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Elder Abuse is not restricted to physical harm – but can include other behaviour that causes distress to an older person, occurring within a relationship where there is an expectation of trust. Forms of abuse include: 1. Physical abuse: Hitting, shaking, pushing, slapping or any rough handling which results in pain, injury or death. Physical abuse includes the denial of food and water, or deliberately withholding warm clothing/ blankets when it’s cold. 2. Financial abuse: Illegal or improper use of an older person’s property or finances, such as taking control […]
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Calling all Trail Runners

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Join us on Sunday 18 November for a fun family day out at the annual TAFTA Trail Run starting from Virginia Prep School, through the Virginia Bush Nature Reserve. Bring friends and family to join in and run to make a difference in the lives of Tafta’s elders. Cost: 4km-R 60, 8km-R90 Registration takes place at 06:45, race commences at 07:00. There will be coffee and food on sale and lucky draw prizes to be given away on the day. Each entrant will receive a complimentary silicone folding cup from […]
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Tell my Story Competition open to elders and young school children

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For the first time, Tafta’s annual “Tell My Story” competition is being opened up to primary school children. The competition, which is open to all our elders and community club members, is aimed at reawakening the love of story telling and reading amongst the elderly. This year, we hope to encourage young children to join in, bridge the generation gap and appreciate that elders are walking libraries with a wealth of information and experience to share. “We’ve been thrilled at the response from schools,” said Tafta CEO, Femada Shamam. “At […]
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