Help for the seniors

2016-01-26 06:00
Highway Aged members Francis Thusi, Sharmini Ventkatsamy, Dudu Shozi, Brian Mabaso, Patience Masango, Vanesshri Gobardhan, Cyril Mncwabe and Mennessa Peters. Photo: nosipho mkhize

Highway Aged members Francis Thusi, Sharmini Ventkatsamy, Dudu Shozi, Brian Mabaso, Patience Masango, Vanesshri Gobardhan, Cyril Mncwabe and Mennessa Peters. Photo: nosipho mkhize

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HIGHWAY Aged in Pinetown has been operating for over 35 years by servicing the needs of senior citizens within the Upper Highway area.

Highway Aged spokesperson Kevin Moodley said the non-profit organisation cares for elderly people in various areas and offers advice to them and their care givers.

“Our mission is to provide a multi-dimensional service to the community within the chosen area of operation by focusing on the older people and mounting interventions aimed at introducing dignity to the lives of the aged.

“This mission is undertaken upon the foundation of four fundamental policy cornerstones: education, economic enrichment, direct intervention and resource linking.”

“We take care of the elderly who are neglected and abused, or simply challenged by growing old.

“They may be living in unsafe environments lacking necessary assistance with everyday living, or living in an unsuitable environment. They also assist those with special needs, without identity documents, social pension, social pension not serving the interests of the aged person, lack of involvement in activities of interest to the elderly, inaccessible health services, overburdened with unrelated responsibilities and lack of services related to traumatic experiences.”

He said Highway Aged engages itself extensively in awareness programmes for the elderly especially in underdeveloped areas.

“We also provide education on the Older Persons Act to various service providing organisations relative to the well being of the elderly. The elderly are motivated to engage in activities that promote team spirit in their clubs and also make them financially independent. The activities include sewing, gardening, bead work, knitting and catering.

“We engage ourselves in various fund-raising initiatives and we highly depend on public support. At the moment we selling a Valentines hamper as part of fund-raising.”

For more information phone 031 701 5571.

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