To mark Human Rights Day on 21 March, Tafta is urging the South African government to deliver on the provisions set out in the Older Person’s Act, through the delivery of support services that enable elders to continue living in their own homes.
The sheer demand for care services by the ageing population remains a concern for Tafta. Recent research indicates that in the next 10 years, the number of people over age 60 will surpass one billion, making the case for governments, advocacy groups and non-profit organisations to come together to develop solutions aimed at carng for the aged within the community, and more significantly, in their homes for as long as possible.
“As an elder care organisation, we’re aware of the challenges, such as the very real threat of elder abuse stemming from frustrations associated with caring for ageing relatives,” says Tafta CEO, Femada Shamam. “Proper support systems need to be in place to ensure that elderly people can live safely and happily within the home.
“Throughout Tafta’s 60 year history, we have reached out to elders in the community through programmes such as Meals on Wheels and Home Based Care. To meet the growing need, we are working closely with government and other key stakeholders to explore funding possibilities to bring elder care into more communities requiring these services.”
To mark World Elder Abuse Awareness Day on 15 June, Tafta will host a walk in central Durban on 14 June, followed by a dialogue session on 15 June.
“Elder abuse is a global social issue and a very real one in South Africa. We hope the dialogue sessions will provide the necessary stakeholders with the impetus required to give elder rights the attention it so rightly requires,” said Shamam.