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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Peter & Josephine Asher

Heritage Month reminds us where we come from

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The recent death of a member of one of Tafta’s founding families, Peter Asher (1927-2021), reminds us of the richness of our heritage as an organisation. What better time than Heritage Month to look back over the past 63 years to 1958 – when a group of concerned citizens, led by John Conradie, established Tafta to alleviate suffering and distress among Durban’s elderly. At the time, Peter’s mother, Mary Asher, was a noted community worker and a city councillor. At the invitation of John Conradie, she became the first chairperson […]
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Fire at home

Safety during fire season

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No doubt the recent intense cold snap sent South Africans scurrying for their heaters and electric blankets … as well as stocking up on coal and fire wood for open fireplaces. All of which have the potential to cause fires in our homes. Most fires are caused by human negligence or electrical faults. Non-compliant wiring, overloaded plugs or faulty electrical appliances can catch fire unexpectedly. People who live in older homes – e.g. old wood and iron structures – need to be particularly vigilant, as the wiring could have degraded […]
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Top Women in Business Initiative

Top Women in Business – Tafta CEO short-listed

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Tafta is proud to announce that our Chief Executive Officer, Mrs. Femada Shamam, has been short-listed in the 2021 Standard Bank KZN Top Business Women Initiative. Femada, together with the nine other phenomenal women, will share their stories during an interactive online webinar series. Starting on Thursday, 2 September at 6.30 pm, the series offers an opportunity to learn from the best! The nominees come from all sectors – big business, entrepreneurs and agents of social change. With a wealth of insights gleaned from their experiences to share, these role […]
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Fulfilling a wishlist

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We are so grateful to Glenashley Preparatory School for their commitment to fundraising and collecting much needed items over this past school term. After selling over 1000 Purple Hearts stickers, the awesome learners and staff of Glenashley Prep chose to further assist Tafta by hosting a toiletry collection drive. Everyday items like toiletries are costly for some of the elders in our care, so learners and their families have been hard at work over the last few weeks fulfilling our Toiletries Wish list for elders in need. Toilet paper, soap […]
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Women of Tafta

Shout out to the incredible women of Tafta

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August is Women’s month. Time to celebrate the contribution women make to society. And what better place to start than right here in our own Tafta Homes? We count ourselves fortunate indeed to have so many strong, capable, compassionate and dedicated women on our staff. Like everyone else, they have been touched in one way or another by Covid-19. Some have been infected by the disease themselves. Others have been affected financially, emotionally or mentally. Yet, without exception, they’ve all put on a brave face and come to work, wearing […]
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Guardian ‘angels’ protect our most vulnerable elders

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Special thanks to the members of our exclusive ‘Guardians’ circle, for contributing towards the cost of frail care for needy elders. At Tafta we offer 24 hour nursing care, so for someone like Mr H – a 78 year old divorced state pensioner with no children, your caring kindness is a true blessing. Mr H has Parkinson’s disease, prostate cancer and Alzheimer’s disease. He is incapable of caring for himself. Initially we provided a home based carer to help him with bathing and meals. But his condition steadily deteriorated, and […]
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