Lockdown isolation

What is lockdown doing to us?

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Do you feel that the lockdown has affected your mental health? Are you anxious? Short tempered? Inexplicably sad? Demotivated? Exhausted? Lonely? Are you overeating? Drinking more? Exercising less? Having difficulty sleeping? Whilst everyone is aware of the need to protect physical health – wearing masks, sanitizing hands and maintaining social distance – the very real mental problems associated with self-isolation have largely been ignored. And yet they are just as dangerous, if not more so. Suicide Barely two weeks into the lockdown, we heard the tragic news of an elderly […]
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Elderly woman

93 year old woman living alone and penniless in flat

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Since the beginning of lockdown, Geslina Langeni, 93, has been living by herself in a squalid flat in Sydenham. There is no glass in the windows and they are covered with cardboard or plastic to keep out the wind and rain. Previously, Geslina’s two daughters lived with her and took care of her with money from their state benefits. But tragically, one of the daughters died in February and the other, who has mental health problems, has been admitted to the nearby King George Hospital. Now the old lady is […]
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Vodacom 4U

Putting elders in touch

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Our special thanks and heartfelt gratitude go out to Ebrahim Patel, owner of Vodacom 4U in Musgrave, who donated 400 mobile phones to enable our elders to stay connected with their families during the national lockdown. Since those over 60 have been urged to remain at home, even as the rest of the population enters Level 3 and some semblance of normality, this generous gift is a truly amazing blessing. We cannot express how much it means to them. Thank you!
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Face masks essential for elderly

Covid-19: Elderly need to take it seriously

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Data from China on the first 44 000 Coronavirus patients showed that the death rate in those aged 80 and over is nearly 15%, and 8% among those aged 70 to 79. In South Africa, the median age of those who have passed away after being infected by the virus, is 64. As people age, their immune system gets weaker, leaving older people more vulnerable to succumbing to the virus – especially if they have underlying health conditions like heart disease, hypertension, respiratory disease and diabetes. For this reason, elders […]
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SASSA Grants

SASSA Offices Reopening

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We have received an update from Ms Lindiwe Zulu, MP Minister of Social Development, regarding payments under Level 4 Lockdown: The SASSA local offices will be opening as from Monday, 11 May 2020. However, in compliance with government’s risk-adjusted approach to phasing in public services, the staff complement at these will only be limited to a third. This means that only a limited number of citizens will be served by predefined services. To manage the human traffic at these offices, SASSA will only attend to new applications for older persons […]
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Clapping for Tafta Staff

Clapping for Tafta

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We are so appreciative of the many messages of support we’ve received during this difficult time of National Lockdown. Thank you to everyone who has acknowledged the efforts made by our dedicated staff to ensure the safety of elders in our care. Neil Green wrote: “Those of us at home, we feel like we are making sacrifices. And we are – we can’t do the things we want to do and some of us are losing money here or there. But the sacrifice you are making is on another level. […]
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Sewing face masks for COVID-19

We’ve got lockdown covered!

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No sooner had President Cyril Ramaphosa announced the imminent National Lockdown, than our elders swung into action! At Kings Hall and Lucas Gardens, Sheila Rice, Freda Cassim, Doreen Paul, Eleanor Bremmer, Theresa Naidoo and Maureen Chendria pulled out their sewing machines and set to work with a will, creating colourful face masks for every single fellow resident. Ladies of Langeler Towers and John Conradie House decided to make material shopping bags for fellow residents, to eliminate the ubiquitous single use plastic bags. Fabric for all these items was donated to […]
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Thank you to these Helping Hands

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Many caring sponsors, organisations, public figures and generous individuals have come to our aid during this past week. Our appeal for essential food and hygiene products was met with the kindest response from generous donors. These contributions will positively impact the lives of our elders and care workers currently in Lockdown within our 13 homes, and inspire a life worth living by eliminating feelings of helplessness, boredom and depression. We offer our sincere gratitude and appreciation to all who have contributed toward sustaining the care of the elderly community, including: […]
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Testing for Coronavirus

Voluntary Screening at Tafta

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On Thursday 9 April, the Department of Health recently conducted voluntary screening and testing at Tafta Lodge where 190 people participated. Two residents were tested for the Coronavirus and confirmed negative. After a long day, the team  from the Department of Health were treated to tea and biscuits served by volunteers. Screenings and testing were also done at Tafta on Ridge on Thursday, 16 April. Thank you to the nurses and staff of the Department of Health, who continue to visit Tafta homes throughout Durban to screen and test our […]
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Lockdown Diaries

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“Sad to say, the COVID-19 pandemic has caused chaos worldwide; we are not alone in this time of crisis. Restricting visitors keeps us safe since us elderly are most prone to diseases and lots of folk are chronically ill. It is difficult though as all our social activities are non existent now. Visiting friends and family and neighbours has come to an abrupt halt. Even shopping is restricted. All our fun activities have stopped and life is lonely for many. Fortunately some of our homes have halls where we are […]
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