On 25-26 March, leaders in elder care from the African Commonwealth countries – including South Africa, Nigeria, Botswana, Kenya, Malawi and Uganda – came together in Durban to share experiences, ideas and knowledge at the inaugural meeting of the Africa Chapter of Commonage.
Topics included discussions around life quality of elders, care giver support programmes, income security and dementia care in the African context.
Tafta CEO Femada Shamam explained that, “While the CommonAge platform is an exciting world stage for us to share learnings and create networking opportunities, the Africa chapter experiences a unique set of ageism challenges that requires robust discussions and a local framework for engagement.”
“Elder care matters range across a spectrum of problems that include health, physical, mental and rights issues,” she added. “We hope to use this opportunity to pro-actively engage with our governments and other stakeholders to begin lobbying for proper infrastructure developments around elder care.”
The two-day conference was followed by a meet and greet at Cambridge Gardens, where CommonAge pins were presented to Tafta elders, Senmathie Pillay (98), Josephine Asher (102) and Peter Asher (92).