What is elder abuse?

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Elder Abuse is not restricted to physical harm – but can include other behaviour that causes distress to an older person, occurring within a relationship where there is an expectation of trust. Forms of abuse include: 1. Physical abuse: Hitting, shaking, pushing, slapping or any rough handling which results in pain, injury or death. Physical abuse includes the denial of food and water, or deliberately withholding warm clothing/ blankets when it’s cold. 2. Financial abuse: Illegal or improper use of an older person’s property or finances, such as taking control […]
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Calling all Trail Runners

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Join us on Sunday 18 November for a fun family day out at the annual TAFTA Trail Run starting from Virginia Prep School, through the Virginia Bush Nature Reserve. Bring friends and family to join in and run to make a difference in the lives of Tafta’s elders. Cost: 4km-R 60, 8km-R90 Registration takes place at 06:45, race commences at 07:00. There will be coffee and food on sale and lucky draw prizes to be given away on the day. Each entrant will receive a complimentary silicone folding cup from […]
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Tell my Story Competition open to elders and young school children

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For the first time, Tafta’s annual “Tell My Story” competition is being opened up to primary school children. The competition, which is open to all our elders and community club members, is aimed at reawakening the love of story telling and reading amongst the elderly. This year, we hope to encourage young children to join in, bridge the generation gap and appreciate that elders are walking libraries with a wealth of information and experience to share. “We’ve been thrilled at the response from schools,” said Tafta CEO, Femada Shamam. “At […]
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Thokoza hostel elder enjoy wellness day

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Following a chance meeting with elders from the Thokoza Hostel, Tafta social worker, Happiness Mchunu, hosted a wellness day for them on 23 August. The event included talks on active ageing and physical exercise sessions. Most of these elders are forced to continue earning a living as street vendors. At the hostel they share rooms with other elderly people, younger women and even children. In discussion with Tafta, they raised concerns about access to food, assistive devices and the need to earn an income. Tafta CEO, Femada Shamam promised to […]
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Plenty to sing about at gala dinner

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Included in the epic entertainment line-up for guests attending our 60th anniversary Gala Dinner on 21 September are: celebrity MC Darren Maule, Playback singer Eric Canham, a jewellery display by gemmologist and businessman Akshar Choudree, and Tafta’s own intergenerational choir, which is sure to set the right tone and keep everyone in good spirits. Comprising Tafta staff and elders, the Tafta Choir is ready to give their best performance at the event. Choir co-ordinator, Rahida Hassan, said: “We’re especially proud of our choir, who’ve previously won The Kwa-Zulu Natal Inter […]
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Countdown to Gala Dinner

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Radio personality Darren Maule promises to bring along his ‘A Game’ when he hosts The Association for the Aged’s 60th birthday Fundraising Gala Dinner at the Southern Sun Elangeni Hotel on 21 September 2018. Maule, who is best known for his Never Ending Comedy Train and as the morning breakfast host at East Coast Radio, says he is excited at the prospect of hosting an event close to his heart. “Tafta has played such an instrumental role over the years in caring for Durban’s elderly population. This 60th anniversary really […]
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Nurtured by Nature – a dementia care workshop with a difference

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Those who care for elders also deserve to be cared for! Join us for a day dedicated to honouring YOU, the carer. Relax and be inspired in a care home garden. Experience how a daily dose of nature benefits your health and wellbeing – and that of elderly people in your care. Did you know that time spent in a garden can help to reduce challenging behaviours in people living with dementia, and reduce their risk of falls? Learn more about this and other interesting insights from our presenter, Alice […]
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Thanksgiving lunch for Tafta volunteers

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On 27 June 2018, we hosted our annual lunch for 250 dedicated Tafta volunteers at the Anna Conradie Wellness Centre at Tafta Lodge. The theme was “Going back to the Sixties”, in honour of Tafta’s 60th anniversary celebrations this year. Speaking at the lunch, CEO Femada Shamam said that it was one of Tafta’s most important events on the calendar, as it recognises the spirit of humanity, kindness and respect shown to Tafta elders by this special group of people. “We’ve been hosting the volunteer thanksgiving event for many years […]
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Step up to make a difference, say Sponsors of Tafta Fundraising Gala Dinner

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Chateau Gateaux, sponsors of decadent desserts to be served at The Association for the Aged’s (Tafta) Fundraising Gala Dinner in September this year, are calling on fellow Durbanites to step up and support the event, which will contribute to the association’s nutritious meals programme. “We’ve partnered with this amazing organisation for the past year now and we’re especially proud of our involvement in the Gala Dinner event as it supports such an important programme,” said Chateau Gateaux director Malcolm Lyle. Tafta CEO Femada Shamam said of Tafta’s meals programme, which […]
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Latest on new SASSA payment system

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SASSA beneficiaries need not to worry about allocating the whole day to collection of social grants as they can now withdraw anytime and anywhere, electronically, from any post office, ATM, supermarkets and shops. According to the latest issue of SASSA News (May 2018), the widely spoken about new SASSA/SAPO card has arrived and is being rolled out. The cards are available at SASSA offices, SASSA paypoints and will soon be available at the Post Office. Beneficiaries who collect their grants from paypoints and merchants, need to swap their old cards […]
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