New Year Resolutions

Broken your New Year Resolutions already? Here’s a no fail idea to try.

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How many times have you started a new year filled with good intentions? You are going to lose weight. Exercise more. Quit bad habits like smoking or drinking. Or you’re going to achieve a better balance between work and leisure, so you can spend more time with your loved ones. But, a couple of weeks into the new year, you’re back to your same old habits. Because, let’s face it, losing weight or exercising require a great deal of will power. New Year resolutions take more will power than you […]
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Deterioration of older relatives' condition

Prepare family members for deterioration of older relatives’ condition

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If you see your parents or parents in law on a regular basis, you will be aware of any gradual loss of mobility or cognitive function. Not so for other relatives who haven’t seen the older family members since last Christmas or even longer, owing to Covid-19 restrictions. Just as we notice how the kids have shot up and are hardly recognisable, deterioration in older relatives’ condition, appearance or behaviour can come as quite a shock. “Some years ago, I saw an old friend at a Christmas function,” recalls Sue. […]
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health risks of self isolation

Health risks of social isolation

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After almost two years of Covid-19 restrictions, and with the spectre of a fourth wave and a new variant of the disease facing us, many South Africans are feeling gatvol. With good reason. Because, while social distancing is accepted as crucial to stop the spread of the disease, isolation from loved ones and work colleagues carries its own deadly risk to our health. Most people enjoy being on their own from time to time – some more than others. Alone time can be relaxing, thought-provoking and rejuvenating. However, continuous, unwanted […]
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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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