In the run up to International Day of Older persons on 1 October 2019, the Association for the Aged (Tafta) is calling for South Africans to honour their elders with solutions to the challenge of caring for elders within their communities.
“With almost 700 million people in the world over the age of 60, which is expected to grow to over 2 billion by 2050, now is the time to act to implement changes in how we address challenges of aged care in communities. What we do now will determine whether our elders will face a future of hardship and strife, or a future of opportunity, growth and meaning,” explained Tafta CEO Femada Shamam.
According to Shamam, the 2019 International day of Older Persons theme of The Journey to Age Equality should guide us as we seek means to explore societal and structural changes to aid the development of an age friendly society: “Older people can make an essential contribution to the functioning of society if adequate measures are in place to harness their life experiences and the rich heritage they have so significantly established for the success of future generations,” Shamam added.
This year, Tafta will once again commemorate the International Day with a week-long series of activities at our homes, kicking off with an annual Sports Day to be held on 2 October 2019. Other activities include socials, dances and inter-home activities in which the community is invited to participate.
For more information on Tafta’s Week of Older Person’s commemoration activities, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.