ACVV keeps the elderly young

2015-10-21 06:00
Dina Stamps (83) whilst performing on Kurt Darrenand#039;s famous “Loslappie”, the same way she did at the ACVV talent competition last week.                       

Dina Stamps (83) whilst performing on Kurt Darrenand#039;s famous “Loslappie”, the same way she did at the ACVV talent competition last week. Photo: THEO JEPTHA

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PEOPLE don’t grow old because of playing, they get old when they stop playing.

These are the words of Retha van der Merwe, the manager of the ACVV’s two branches in Algoa Park and Govan Mbeki Avenue.

Nationally the month of October is the month of the elderly of our country. Therefore the ACVV together with the Department of Social Development has a whole programme lined up for the senior citizens of the ACVV’s retirement villages in the metro.

First on the programme was the ACVV’s got talent competition which was attended by 85 elderly people at the Louis Dubb retirement village, and the participation also made a great turn out.

One of the acts at the competition which stood out was that of Dina Stamp, an 83- year-old, who has been residing in Iris Park for the past 9 years.

The newspaper paid Stamps a visit at the ACVV Algoa Park retirement village, where she performed Kurt Darren’s popular song “Loslappie”. She enjoyed every moment as she sang and freely moved across the centre’s wooden floor.

Where does she still get the energy and willpower to still keep fit at 83, is the question many ask?

“I am involved with a lot of activities and I don’t believe in sitting at home waiting to age; I believe that one needs to stay active in one’s environment,” said Stamps.

She is a non-smoker and invests a lot in a healthy lifestyle, spiritual development, a balanced diet and physical exercise.

She said, “Every Tuesday and Thursday the ACVV centre offers biokinetic classes for us, and here we can stretch and let loose a bit.”

Another activity on the list is the Golden games which will be held in Kimberley later this year. According to Van der Merwe, the metro’s team has been winning for the last two years in a row.

The ACVV is a place where no resident feels old, where people overflow with their own joy, while they find valuable means and ways to make their 24 hours a day pass by

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