Workshop: Holistic perspectives in dementia care

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Join us for a workshop on the holistic perspectives in dementia care (CPD points to be awarded, pending approval). When: Wednesday 18th May 2016 Where: Anna Conradie Service Centre, 42 South Beach Avenue, Durban, 4001 Time: 7:30 to 16:00 Cost: R 150 per person (includes notes and refreshments) Professionals in the field, caregivers and family members of those affected by Dementia or Alzheimers are invited to attend our workshop. Topics to be covered include: Psychological Impact of placement on the Dementia sufferer ( Evelyn Heunis) Engaging the Dementia Sufferer ( […]
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TAFTA Fun Walk

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The recent TAFTA fun walk/run was a huge success, thanks to our wonderful supporters and friends who came out to join in the fun. We were very lucky to have  clear blue skies – the perfect weather to enjoy a morning out on the beach promenade. Great fun was had by all who attended, especially those who wore their funkiest socks for the occasion. Congratulations to our winners Joseph Mangluwaye who won the 5km and Liz Gallias who won the 2km.  A special thank you goes out to all our […]
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67 Blankets for Mandela Day

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The lovely ladies from TAFTA On Ridge knitted and crocheted 14 beautiful blankets for the 67 Blankets for Nelson Mandela Day campaign . Well done ladies! All the blankets will eventually keep needy folk warm this winter. The 67 Blankets for Nelson Mandela Day campaign began in December 2013 when  Zelda la Grange, late former President Nelson Mandela’s trusted assistant, presented philanthropist and ‘Arts Angel’, Carolyn Steyn, with a challenge: knit, sew or crochet 67 blankets! These blankets would then be distributed to those in need on Mandela Day. Carolyn […]
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Syndicates prey on pensioners

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[Src: Daily News 4 March by: NOSIPHO MNGOMA] Thousands of old age pensioners are falling victim to a “targeted attack” by syndicates making fraudulent deductions from grant beneficiaries’ accounts. The deductions for non-existent goods and services are leaving some of Durban’s most vulnerable people with little money to put food on the table. Cash Paymaster Services (CPS), contracted by the state to pay out old age pensions, child care and disability grants, said it had launched an internal investigation, but insisted the problem affected less than 27 000 or 0.5% of […]
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Global communities come together ‘down under’

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Over 800 delegates from all over the world converged in Perth, Australia last September for the 2015 ACSA/IAHSA Joint Conference on ageing. TAFTA’s head of Social Services, Femada Shamam, was awarded a Common Age scholarship to attend the conference. She also presented a paper on Holistic services in an under resourced area. Delegates from around the world were interested in hearing how South African organisations can continue to provide quality services with little input from the government. Femada returned with renewed vigour and enthusiasm to carry forward the vision of […]
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Christmas cheer – thanks to you!

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Once again, loyal friends and supporters ‘came to the party’ to make it possible for nearly 2 000 Durban pensioners to enjoy their annual TAFTA festive lunch. Thank you for supporting this initiative, which brings real joy and companionship to seniors who don’t get many opportunities for social outings. From the end of November, right through to Christmas Day, 17 lunches took place at our various residences and service centres. From individual members of the public who sponsored one or more meals, to the staff at Cook ‘n Care who […]
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Message from Margie

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“You don’t stop dancing because you grow old, you grow old because you stop dancing.” Being awarded the Ponn Aaday (Golden Shawl) for my work with the elderly, during the Tamil Women’s Progressive Movement high tea for TAFTA last October, was both an honour and a humbling experience. It was an honour to have my efforts acknowledged. Elderly people I’ve met have helped me understand what to value most in life – and these suggestions make great New Year Resolutions as we ease into 2016! • Spend more time with […]
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Never too old …

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Often we discuss the plight of elderly people in our care as a group – but of course, it’s a group made up of individuals. Each one is unique and special and, as someone who supports our work, we thought you’d enjoy getting to know them better. … to sew My mother bought me my first sewing machine – a ‘Singer’,” says Sathie Naicker. In 1964 she opened a dress shop in Durban and was very successful. Now retired, Sathie is still sewing, and loves it! … to run At […]
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Dignity in a can of deodrant

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When you run out of deodorant, soap, denture cleaner or toothpaste – and have to wait a week or two until pension pay out date before you can buy more – it’s hard to maintain your dignity. That’s why we are so grateful to everyone who contributed to our Needy Pensioners’ Fund, making it possible for us to quietly slip these essential toiletries into the rooms of pensioners too proud to ask for help. Your kindness is matched only by your deep understanding of what it must be like to […]
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