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You helped make it a Christmas to remember for Durban's elders


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We did it!

Throughout December, we served delicious festive meals to no fewer than 1500 elders at our Homes and Wellness Centres. All thanks to you and your generous donations towards the cost of each meal. Thank you!

We were so afraid that once again, Covid-19 would spoil Christmas for our elders. And for one horrible moment, it seemed that's exactly what would happen.

After achieving more than three weeks without Covid-19 infections in any of our Tafta Homes, we recorded an increasing amount of positive cases from the first week in December.

With many of our lunches already underway, and some homes still not affected by Covid-19, we made the decision not to lock down any of our buildings – or cancel any of our lunches. Instead, Covid-19 protocols were adjusted according to cases at each individual home. We closely monitored the number of infections to ensure the safety of everyone, and opted for takeaway festive meals at homes where Covid-19 infection was recorded.

Our elders were so supportive ... continuing to wear their masks, sanitise their hands, and maintain social distances, even after having had their vaccinations.

As a result, we were able to successfully continue serving sit-down and takeaway meals right up until Christmas Day, with some elders enjoying their festive lunch in the comfort and safety of their home.

Thank you again for your kindness. It really did mean the world to everyone at Tafta. May you be richly rewarded – and may 2022 bring you all the health and happiness you deserve.

The Hospice Palliative Care Association of South Africa (HPCA) has a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with The Association for the Aged (TAFTA). This collaboration aims to improve access to palliative care for older people in South Africa through training, support and policy development.

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About us

The Association for the Aged is a registered non-profit organisation (NPO 002093) dedicated to the alleviation of distress and the promotion of the welfare of aged persons living in the Durban area.

Any person who is over 60 and in need of help – or any person who knows of an elderly person in need of help – should contact us. TAFTA cares.

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