Crisis: Coronavirus outbreak at Langeler Towers

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Our worst nightmare has just come true. Yesterday, one of our residents at Langeler Towers tested positive for Covid-19. For over 600 elderly men and women who live here – and in the adjacent John Conradie House – it is devastating news. Everyone is aware that this is the age group most at risk from the disease. Now we have to react quickly to ensure it doesn’t spread. That means screening and testing a vast number of our residents, as well as all the impacted staff. We need to immediately […]
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Face masks essential for elderly

Covid-19: Elderly need to take it seriously

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Data from China on the first 44 000 Coronavirus patients showed that the death rate in those aged 80 and over is nearly 15%, and 8% among those aged 70 to 79. In South Africa, the median age of those who have passed away after being infected by the virus, is 64. As people age, their immune system gets weaker, leaving older people more vulnerable to succumbing to the virus – especially if they have underlying health conditions like heart disease, hypertension, respiratory disease and diabetes. For this reason, elders […]
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Femada Shamam, Chief Executive Officer of Tafta

Message from the Chief Executive Officer

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As our country prepares for the inevitable announcement of more stringent measures by the Government of South Africa, I’ve had to make a few difficult decisions to ensure the prioritisation of our elders’ welfare during this difficult time. With immediate effect, the Tafta management team has made the following decisions that I ask you to please honour as we navigate the difficult days ahead: Our homes will no longer be open to any visitors, including immediate family members of elders. If you have family members in our buildings and are […]
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