Thank you for helping us change lives

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By 2050, more than 2 billion people in the world will be 60 or older, which means we need to pay even more attention to the challenges faced by the elderly, and there are challenges aplenty. Many ordinary, hardworking people see their lives fall apart as they get older. We share a few of their stories below. All of a sudden, the lives of these previously independent people became frightening and painful. On October 1 we commemorated the International Day of Older Persons, which promotes awareness of the elderly and […]
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Minimum wage putting jobs at risk?

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With nearly 10 million adult South Africans sitting at home unemployed, the introduction of a National Minimum Wage bill at the beginning of the year seems ill timed to say the least! No one can argue with the need for workers – especially domestic and farm workers – to be protected from exploitation. But the country can’t afford to shed more jobs. And with the number of business liquidations having increased by 53% between April 2018 and April 2019, shouldn’t small businesses and NPOs at least be exempt from the […]
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Care Practitioners Graduates

Shortage of carers world wide

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If you’re looking for a career path that almost guarantees employment, consider training as a carer. Especially in the field of elder care, trained carers are always in demand. Currently there are almost 700 million people in the world over the age of 60; this is expected to grow to over 2 billion by 2050, with Africa having one of the faster growing ageing populations. With the critical shortage of affordable residential facilities for older people, the trend is to encourage elders to remain in their own homes for as […]
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International Day of Older Persons: Communities need to be part of the aged care solution

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In the run up to International Day of Older persons on 1 October 2019,  the Association for the Aged (Tafta) is calling for South Africans to honour their elders with solutions to the challenge of caring for elders within their communities. “With almost 700 million people in the world over the age of 60, which is expected to grow to over 2 billion by 2050, now is the time to act to implement changes in how we address challenges of aged care in communities. What we do now will determine […]
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Good nights sleep

Is your mattress making you sick?

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Insomnia … asthma and hayfever … excruciating back pain – just some of the symptoms many of us put up with every day because we assume we’re stressed, getting old or that pollen season is here. And yet the cause could be something as simple as sleeping on a bed that’s past it’s ‘best before’ date. Health Problems Once we’ve invested in a bed, most of us don’t give it another thought. Years and years go by and even the best quality mattress begins to deteriorate. Ideally, a mattress needs […]
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Alzheimer's Disease

Alzheimer’s Disease – separating the facts from the myths

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Occasionally experiencing difficulty remembering things is normal, especially as we age. However, serious memory loss, confusion and other major changes in the way our minds work may be a sign of Alzheimer’s Disease, a type of dementia. Because the disease is baffling and affects people at random, there is a lot of confusion about Alzheimer’s, what causes it, what treatment is available and the long term prognosis. We separate the facts from the myths: Myth Only old people get Alzheimer’s Fact While most people diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease are 65 […]
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Grandparents Day

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On Friday, 6 September, learners and educators from Sastri College visited  Tafta Lodge in Durban’s South Beach for Grandparents Day. The event also commemorated the school’s 90th anniversary. Learners came together to hand over a man-sized greeting card containing 1022 signed well wishes to the “Grandparents of Tafta”. Along with the card, the learners also brought along a R2000 donation to Tafta – the accumulated fundraising efforts of the children through the year. < One of the learners, Priya Poken, delivered a heart warming speech, in which she said that […]
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Darren Maule to host Tafta Gala dinner

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Pictured above: Darren Maule (centre) is welcomed back as host of our Gala Dinner by Gail Samuels (left) and Femada Shamam (right). The Association for the Aged (Tafta) will host its now annual Fundraising Gala Dinner on  in aid of its community programme Home Based Care. We’re delighted that once again, ECR personality, celebrity and comedian Darren Maule, will be our MC at the annual Tafta Gala Dinner on Friday, 25 October 2019 at The Southern Sun Elangeni Hotel. You can expect another evening of opulence, fine dining, and outstanding […]
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Just a month left to enter Tafta’s #TellMyStory Competition

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Schools, youth and community elders are encouraged to enter the Tafta #TellMyStory competition before the submission deadline of 20 Spetember 2019. The annual competition is open to all elders as well as youth and school learners, and aims to reawaken the love of story-telling and reading in the community, as well as bridging intergenerational gaps and promoting conversations between the young and old. This year, the theme of the competition is “Creating an Age Friendly World” and competition entrance topics are as follows: Grade R/ Grade 1-3: “Draw an Age […]
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Vacancy: Tafta’s Charity shop – donations officer (with Sales experience)

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A vacancy has become available for the above position. Suitable candidates with the following qualifications and experience are invited to apply. PRIMARY FUNCTION OF POSITION: To meet weekly/ monthly sales targets of the Charity shop. To source donations for Tafta’s Charity shop. To oversee the operations of the charity shop. REQUIREMENTS: Grade 12/matriculation Experience in sales and merchandising in a sales environment Experience in Stock management Experience in customer and/or donor relations Experience in marketing Computer literate (Word level 2 or intermediate – professional; excel level 1) Experience and knowledge […]
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