Oldies staying fit with exercises

2017-10-12 06:01
Senior citizens hard in practice at the Makhaza Sports Field in Khayelitsha last week.                                                    PHOTOS: Mbongiseni MASEKO

Senior citizens hard in practice at the Makhaza Sports Field in Khayelitsha last week. PHOTOS: Mbongiseni MASEKO

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Senior citizens were encouraged to exercise in order to maintain good health during a wellness campaign held in Khayelitsha last Thursday.

Omila Holdings, in partnership with the Department of Health, organised a campaign called #WhenWeWereYoung, which focuses on encouraging the elderly to exercise, and held at Makhaza Sports Field and Desmond Tutu Hall.

Bonani Sihange, director of Omila Holdings, said they had decided to focus on senior citizens mostly.

“Elders do not get much attention most of the time, so we decided to organise the event.

“The elders play in five-aside matches, indigenous games, board games and netball.

The response is always good.

They are hungry for such events and they asked why we are only doing it now. We hope to make this an ongoing programme.

“We appeal to anyone who can help us with funds for the programme,” Sihange said.

The organisation was formed last year to develop the youth in Khayelitsha and help them with job placements.

The elders also had an opportunity to test their glucose levels, blood-pressure and HIV/Aids, and they were also educated about health issues.

Thandeka Konile-Mdekazi, of the Department of Health, said the department decided to support the event as it was addressing health issues among the elderly.

“This event is good because it is bringing services closer to the people.

We understand that some elders do not have the strength and the patience to wait out long queues at clinics because of overcrowding, while some are frail and some do not have money for transportation in order to reach the health centres.

“It is very important to exercise as it fights high blood pressure, diabetes and other illnesses.

Maintaining a healthy and balanced diet is also another plus for the senior citizens that should be looked at all times,” added Konile-Mdekazi said.

Busiswa Bhidla, one of the resident who attended the event, said it was all good for the attendees.

“We are very happy that they organised such an event, as we do not usually exercise, which is not a good thing,” Bhidla said.

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