Elder abuse

Speak up to save elders from abuse

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Like child abuse, the abuse of vulnerable elderly people is particularly objectionable, and unlawful. When someone deliberately hurts a child or elder who is too weak or afraid to protect themselves, it goes against every sense of decency, humanity and compassion. But, just as a new mother may be driven to lashing out after one too many sleepless nights, those caring for elders can also break under stress. Especially if their care goes unnoticed or is misinterpreted as trying to control the elder and they are subject to a constant […]
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Spreading Covid-19

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 […]
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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 […]
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