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When going out is tantamount to elder abuse

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Ahead of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day on 15 June 2020, The Association for the Aged has issued a warning that elder on elder abuse may be triggered by Covid-19. “Elder abuse is defined as ‘a single, or repeated act, or lack of appropriate action, occurring within any relationship where there is an expectation of trust, which causes harm or distress to an older person,” explains Tafta CEO, Femada Shamam. Tafta shelters up to 2 000 older people in 13 homes in the eThekwini region. Residents who are determined to […]

Human Rights Day – Tafta highlights plight of elderly

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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 […]

Take a stand against Elder Abuse in South Africa

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Since August 2010, the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development has been collecting statistics on reported cases of abuse of older persons, and the numbers appear to be increasing – from 1458 reported cases in 2010/11 to 1887 cases in 2011/12 and 2497 cases in 2012/13. According to the Older Persons Act, the most common types of abuse are: Physical abuse – any act or threat of physical violence towards an older person; Sexual abuse – any conduct that violates the sexual integrity of an older person; Psychological abuse – […]