Elderly show they can still do sport

2015-11-04 12:38
TEAM NORTHERN CAPE who hosted the Golden Games this year.

TEAM NORTHERN CAPE who hosted the Golden Games this year.

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IT was all fun and games as elderly men and women from all over the country converged on the Northern Cape to participate in the national Golden Games hosted in Kimberley last week.

The seventh annual Active Ageing programme, known as the national Golden Games for senior citizens from across the country, ended on Friday (30/10).

Activities have already been initiated and promoted within the wards of municipalities, districts, provinces and have culminated in a national programme.

The service points within wards were manned by the community-based care and support services of the Department of Social Development (DSD), the MPP Siyadlala Hubs of Sport and Recreation South Africa (SRSA) and Health Support Programmes of the Department of Health (DoH).

The role of the above-mentioned departments within the programme is to enhance the quality of life of elderly persons and improve their health by engaging them in programmes that promote optimal levels of social, physical, mental and emotional well-being, thus preventing and delaying the onset of age-related illnesses.

In most countries, measures to help older persons remain healthy and active are seen as a necessity and not a luxury.

The Madrid International Plan of Action on Ageing, 2002; the Older Person Act no.13 (3.11b), 2006; the SRSA’s mandate to keep the nation active and the Department of Health’s requirement to improve the health status of citizens through the prevention of illnesses and the promotion of healthy lifestyles all emphasise healthy living lifestyles for older persons.

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