Year-end function held for seniors

2016-12-20 06:01
Photos: Nosipho Mkhize Franscina Vilakazi and Gabisile Cilo prepare food for the elderly.

Photos: Nosipho Mkhize Franscina Vilakazi and Gabisile Cilo prepare food for the elderly.

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MUTHANDE Society for the Aged (Musa) in KwaDabeka held its year-end function and hosted a party for senior citizens born between July and December at the KwaDabeka Library.

Musa is a community-based organisation founded in 1976 by a group of community nurses, health educators, social workers and community leaders. It focused on issues affecting the elderly in the community and their social, physical, economic and emotional needs.

Musa’s public relations officer Zinhle Hlubi said the organisation’s main challenges were to implement programmes that alleviate poverty, reduce social isolation, assist in acquiring skills and help the frail and ill through illness.

“Over the years the scope of operations has expanded widely to include programmes such as HIV and Aids, training of family members and care givers on health and social issues.
“Muthande was formally registered in 1982 and has since become an affiliate of Help Age International and several other national and international organisations.

“Our mission is to improve the quality of life of senior citizens in their homes and within the community. We also aim to ensure that they live as independent members of society.
“We render home-based care services to the frail, bedridden, housebound elderly, disabled and sick family members and we reach out to 10 000 clients a year.”

Muthande operates in 10 communities which are in and around the Upper Highway area: Clermont, KwaDabeka, Lamontville, Tafelkop rural area, Chesterville and Richmond Farm.

KwaDabeka Musa centre started off as a Clermont centre satellite club in 1999. This club was run by a volunteer and senior citizens attended once a week for service centre activities and twice a week for the literacy programme.

“As more older people got to know about the satellite through the society’s home-based care staff and through those who were already members, the programme attracted large numbers and there was so much enthusiasm among the seniors that they made a request to the society to visit the centre five days in a week.

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