Frail elderly do the body works

2017-05-25 06:02
Ikhaya Labantu residents receiving training tips from the visiting medical students .

Ikhaya Labantu residents receiving training tips from the visiting medical students .

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Frail and elderly inmates at Ikhaya and Ikamva Labantu homes in Zone 17 in Langa were left in high spirits following a visit by fourth year UCT medical students last week.

Cordinated by site facilitator, Patricia Ncamile, the visit saw the students doing presentations on chronic ailments affecting the elderly such as Alzheimer’s, Dementia and Bipolar Syndrome.

After the inter-active talks, the students took the elderly through moderate sessions of physical exercises.

Ncamile said this was because numerous studies have shown that physical training for seniors helps to counteract the weakness and frailty that usually comes with ageing.

“The students gave them exercise tips from a medical perspective and we also provided a healthy eating plan for them,” she said.

Fourth year medical student Zama Mthombeni said it was “pleasant exercise” to come out and assist the elderly.

“It’s our duty to help our communities , especially the senior citizens. In our interactions, we also discovered that they value these sessions and I am sure we will keep on coming,” said Mthombeni.

The students also spent time with community health workers equipping them with “survival tips” in their often stressful tasks.

Ikhaya Labantu chairwoman Ma Mbona said as non-profit organisation that provides shelter to the elderly, they appreciated interventions of this nature.

“We have a long history with UCT through Shawco and today they provided exactly what we needed. Our patients will start exercising and our staff has been shown how to keep our food healthy,” said Ma.

Ikamva Labantu’s Raymond Bokako, agreed that the information shared by students will go a long way in helping both centres.

“Its a vital piece of information which we will share with the residents here and we appreciate their involvement,” Bokako said.

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X

Inside News24

 
Watch: Investing in the future through child development

An investment of R32-million into 11 early childhood development centres is changing the future for children in the Northern Cape.

Partner Content
What all investors should know about index investing

Index-linked investments are growing fast in popularity globally, and are growing in size and complexity too.

/World
 

French Bulldog helps kids with facial differences

Lentil Bean is a french bulldog who was born with a severe cleft nose, lip and palate.

 
 

Paws

Weird things dogs do
Makeover saves dog’s life
For the love of Corgis!
Can we communicate with our pets?
Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.