“You have cancer”

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With the world’s attention consumed by the Covid-19 Pandemic, other life threatening diseases such as cancer have been largely pushed into the background. And yet, cancer continues to claim lives, especially the lives of older people, who are at greater risk of developing the disease. Older people with cancer have the highest risk of dying if they become infected with Covid-19. Cancer prevention But, while we all social distance, wear masks and sanitize our hands regularly to protect ourselves from Covid, we don’t invest nearly as much time and effort […]
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Femada Shamam, Chief Executive Officer of Tafta

Message from the CEO

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Finally, we saw the back of 2020! But not before a spike in Covid-19 infections, the emergence of a new, faster spreading variant of the disease, and a return to Level 3 Lockdown. At Tafta, the new year began with continued efforts to protect our elders and staff. We are deeply saddened by the loss of some members of our Tafta family, and extend our thoughts and prayers to their loved ones. But, if nothing else, the pandemic has shone a spotlight on elder care, and the need for every […]
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Ma Priscilla says, ‘thank you’

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Area Manager, Abel Naicker, recently received this delightful note from a Tafta resident. I have long been wanting to write and commend you and your staff for the way you treat us elderly people. The mission and principles of Tafta are always displayed by you and your tremendous staff – they’re not just ‘sayings’ on the wall. I believe this is because of your outstanding leadership. “Son, you are always polite and ‘hands-on’ in all our social activities and sports. May our loving Father Jehovah bless you for all your […]
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Elma gets her Century!

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On 17 November 2020, Mrs Elma Noyle, celebrated her 100th birthday with a party for family and friends at her home at Tafta on Ridge, where she has lived for the past five years. Before that, she lived at Tafta Lodge for 20 years. We can’t take all the credit for her longevity, but the care she receives at Tafta speaks for itself! Social worker, Jackie Snyman, describes Mrs Noyle as happy and active. “Mrs Noyle is one of those people who never complains. She is very active, with Bingo […]
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Why support Tafta?

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From making a small donation in response to an appeal in the past 20 years ago, to the decision to leave a bequest to Tafta in her Will, Mrs C is one of our most loyal supporters. She describes the staff at Tafta as ‘unsung heroes’ and believes that the government is not doing nearly enough for its old people. “Private funding is required,” she says. “Elderly people are last in the queue when a donation is considered. Children and animals seem to take precedence. But we owe our elderly […]
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Keeping busy during lockdown

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With the return to Lockdown Level 3 at the beginning of the year, our elders have been happily occupied, while social distancing, with a variety of activities: * Designing and sewing face masks. * Helping with our admin duties when we were short staffed. * Knitting and other crafts aimed at alleviating boredom and promoting a sense of achievement. * Gardening, reading and praying – food for the soul. * Participating in memorial services for those we have lost, allowing elders the opportunity to talk about what has happened, work […]
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Call for Corporates to dig deep to help care for vulnerable older people

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The Association for the Aged is calling on Corporates and funders to dig deep to help the aged in our care, as we battle to close our deficit funding gap. This follows a dramatic drop in state, and donor funding, and an accompanying increase in Covid-19 expenses. Tafta receives a state subsidy for elder care that is approximately 7% of what is needed. Compounding the shortfall, Tafta has been receiving only 50% of its usual funding allocation from the state for its service centres. “Tafta has to fund a 64% […]
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Golden love

Love is in the air – and not only for the young

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It doesn’t matter how old we get – we still want to be loved … to know that someone thinks we’re special and important. And this basic human need doesn’t go away just because we’ve reached our 60s or 70s. The yearning for loving touch and intimacy remain as strong as ever. Our youth-obsessed media would have us believe that love is all about youth, beauty, sex and glamour. But couples who’ve stuck together through 40 or more years of marriage experience love that is deeper, more peaceful and enduring. […]
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How to handle debt

Debt – the second pandemic

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Devastating as the coronavirus is, the deadly disease is not the worst thing that happened in 2020. In the second quarter of last year, disposable income of South African households contracted by 49.7%, forcing many people to take out loans to pay for day-to-day essentials. During the first lockdown, 1.6 million South Africans took advantage of payment holidays offered by financial institutions*. But, while this enabled them to keep the wolf from the door in the short term, interest on loans continued to mount up, resulting in an additional R20.7 […]
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