Shameful truth about elder abuse

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The worst thing about elder abuse is not that it happens. But that it’s so easy to get away with. You can punch, slap or kick a frail old person … steal from them … deprive them of food, water or medication … shout at them or mock them … or leave them for sitting on the toilet for hours – and, more often than not, they won’t tell anyone what you did. Because they’re afraid. Just like children and animals, vulnerable elders are helpless against those who attack or […]
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Call to care organisations to raise awareness around elder abuse in Durban communities

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Tafta is calling on collaborative partners in the field of elder care in the Durban community to join them as they plan a multi-stakeholder approach to educate residents and community elders on the issues of elder abuse. The call to action comes after the deaths of three Durban elders. According to Tafta CEO, Femeda Shamam, “Last month, there were two tragic incidences where elders had been left with a sense of hopelessness and isolation, leading to disturbing fatalities. As I read reports on these deaths, they invoked in me a […]
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7 foods for longevity

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Old age ain’t for sissies, they say. Just think of all the health issues and ailments you might have to deal with as you get older: arthritis, stiffness and joint pain, osteoporosis, failing eyesight and hearing, high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, cancer and Alzheimers! But what if the food choices you make now could reduce the risk of developing these conditions? Whilst a healthy diet may not be able to prevent disease entirely, certain foods are power packed with nutrients that have the power to fight common ailments. Bananas […]
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Help us find this year’s oldest Comrades marathon runner

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Do you have an elderly friend or relative who’s taking on the challenge of ‘the ultimate human race’ on 9 June 2019? Someone from your running club, perhaps? Or even yourself! With our commitment to active ageing, Tafta is looking to be inspired by the grandest of the Grandmasters (age 60+) who’s ready to take on the world’s largest and oldest ultra marathon this year. We’d love to find out more about their journey, and the ‘secret’ to staying fit enough to complete the grueling 87 km up run from […]
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Mother’s Day: what are you planning?

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Easy to say – but if you’re serious about showing mom how loved and appreciated she is, how do you plan to do that? Society suggests that you should take her out for a meal or buy her a gift. But with only just over a week to go, you may find her favourite restaurant – and every other one in town – is already fully booked. Retailers are only too happy to offer hundreds of other suggestions. Flowers, perfume and beauty salon vouchers … jewellery and gadgets … a […]
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How much do I need to save for retirement?

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How do you know when you’ve saved enough to be able to retire? There are many different factors to take into account, including the unpredictable rate of inflation. Your safest bet always is to consult a professional, who will take your individual circumstances and needs into consideration. But the general rule of thumb is that if you can live on 6% of your retirement investment capital, and your savings are properly managed, you should be able to retire comfortably. According to an article published in Fin24 in 2017, after you […]
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Golf day fundraiser

Calling all golf enthusiasts

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You’re invited to participate in our annual Golf Day Challenge, and help raise funds for Meals on Wheels – an essential Tafta service to Durban’s elders. The tournament, which takes place on 16 May at the Durban Country Club, is a 4-ball alliance, two scores to count. The entrance fee of R1000 per player (R4000 per team) includes a halfway-meal, green fees, and a glamorous dinner and prize giving to round off the evening. All proceeds for this year’s event will once again go towards Tafta’s Meals on Wheels, a […]
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Easter fun

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Easter fever was in full swing at TAFTA homes in and around Durban, with the elders being treated to hot cross buns, tea, cake and delicious Easter eggs. Thanks to all who contributed to our Cuppa Comfort drive – donating Easter eggs in a mug for our residents. Special thanks to The Robin Hood Foundation, Elphis Church, Bravofoods, Clifton School, Grace Family Church, St Michael’s Anglican Church and numerous generous individual donors like Nishi Singh of NSP Consultants. Tafta on Ridge Residents and Ocean View elders enjoyed an intergenerational Easter […]
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Palliative Care Workshop: book now

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Tafta will be hosting a Palliative Care Workshop on 15 May at the Anna Conradie Service Centre, 42 South Beach Avenue, Durban. This course is CPD accredited (3.5 points) and is a must for anyone caring for terminally ill patients and/or the aged. Among the topics to be covered are: The prinicpals of palliative care Health ethics Preparing the patient for death Communication skills Grief and loss Healthy closure rituals for carers These issues will be presented by a team of medical experts, comprising: Dr. Thiloshni Govender (MBChB medicine, Diploma […]
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Time waits for no one

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They say that times goes faster the older you get. And in this day in age, the weeks pass so quickly that, before we know it, months or even years have gone before we can catch our breath. In years gone by there seemed to be so much more time. For lazy walks on the beach, picnics in the garden, long afternoons spent in the sun having a braai, swimming and playing garden cricket until the sun went down. Nowadays, years can go by without seeing family and friends, and […]
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