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Tafta on Ridge commits to implementing The Eden Alternative

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Tafta on Ridge is the first organisation in Kwa-Zulu Natal – and the third in South Africa – to become a member of Eden Alternative South Africa Registry. This means that the TAFTA community in Durban has joined over 350 international long-term care communities committed to improving the quality of life and care for the people they serve. Founded in the USA in 1991 by Dr William Thomas, a Harvard-educated physician and Board Certified Geriatrician, the Eden Alternative is a small not-for-profit organisation already making a big difference across the […]
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Tell my Story competition returns

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Following on from the success of last year’s Tell my Story Competition, which was extended to include school children, Tafta is once again running the competition which aims to generate intergenerational dialogue and encourage respect, care and compassion between elders and younger generations of society This year’s theme is “Creating an Age Friendly World”. Participants are encouraged to draw an age friendly city, or write a story that describes an age friendly world where elders’ needs are met and they feel respected. Children from Grade R to Grade 12 are […]
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Thank you for 52 years of Meals on Wheels

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Nothing says “I care” quite like the gift of food. When we invite a visitor into our home, offering them something to eat or drink is one of the first things we do. We want them to feel welcome, as well as refreshed. And that’s what your gift of Meals on Wheels means to the elderly man or woman who receives it. It’s a gift of warmth and comfort that fills stomachs and warms hearts. Thank you so much for helping to keep this essential service going for the past […]
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Tough issues tackled at CommonAge Africa gathering

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On 25-26 March, leaders in elder care from the African Commonwealth countries – including South Africa, Nigeria, Botswana, Kenya, Malawi and Uganda – came together in Durban to share experiences, ideas and knowledge at the inaugural meeting of the Africa Chapter of Commonage. Topics included discussions around life quality of elders, care giver support programmes, income security and dementia care in the African context. Tafta CEO Femada Shamam explained that, “While the CommonAge platform is an exciting world stage for us to share learnings and create networking opportunities, the Africa […]
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Message from the CEO

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Over the next few months, you’re going to be seeing and hearing a lot about Tafta’s theme of Honouring the Elderly. It’s designed to create awareness of issues affecting our elders, and encourage greater numbers of people to get involved in honouring the elderly. With the ageing population growing, and unemployment and poverty at an all-time high in South Africa, Tafta is under increasing pressure to provide essential services to needy elders. As a regular donor, you play an integral part in helping fund the cost of shelter, food, frail […]
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Additional frail care beds to increase capacity at John Dunn House

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For the past 30 years, John Dunn House in Wentworth has provided a haven of care for frail elders affected by dementia, Alzheimer’s, stroke, cancer, and the effects of chronic diabetes – as well as those requiring end of life care. The home caters for those who are reliant on the state old age pension, which comes nowhere close to covering the cost of this level of care. And every year, the waiting list grows. Within the next few months, we’ll be adding another nine beds at John Dunn House […]
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Mandela Month – keeping the legacy alive

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We are delighted that, five years after his death, Madiba’s legacy of encouraging service to others continues to inspire people from all walks of life to come together on Mandela Day to make a difference. At the time of going to print, Tafta was preparing to welcome large numbers of volunteers, ready to pitch in with painting, gardening and general maintenance tasks at our residences . . . provide treats like tea parties, pamper parties and hairdressing . . . or deliver gifts of clothing, bedding and toiletries for elders […]
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An extraordinary life: Mrs Senmathie Pillay’s story

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The following is an extract from a submission from Lotus FM DJ, Taresh Hareeshparshad, to the Commonwealth Life Stories initiative. “It was the late 70s. Banned political activity was heightened as African National Congress cadres hid from pillar to post trying to mobilise support for the liberation movement.” One night, Mrs Pillay’s second born Dhanapalan Pillay told her “Ma, somebody’s downstairs. They are going to stay tonight and go in the morning. Put all the blinds down.” “Now I don’t know who I’m going to meet? Oiyo when I met […]
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Tafta 100 Club

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Mrs Florence Clara Oldham, who turns 103 in September this year, shares a history with Tafta spanning well over 25 years. A regular at the Primrose Wellness Centre clinic at Tafta’s John Dunn House, where she receives her chronic medication, Florence is extremely complimentary about our Meals on Wheels and Home Based Care programmes which have enabled her to continue living an independent life. Our Home Based Care service is a win-win programme. Younger members of the community are given the opportunity to earn an income, in return for tending […]
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What’s in a name?

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Why do we call our clients ‘elders’, rather than ‘old people’ or ‘pensioners’. It stems from our adoption of The Eden Alternative, a new, inclusive philosophy of elder care, which actively subscribes to the philosophy of ‘A Life worth living’. According to the philosophy, care facilities for the aged should be converted from sterile medical institutions to human habitats, where residents want to live and carers enjoy working. In these ‘communities of care’, interactions between plants, animals, adults and children promote a positive lifestyle, enabling elders to live happier, longer, […]
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