Local seniors get club of their own

2016-02-16 06:00
Diep River elderly people attended the launch of their senior association saying it was something they have been missing. PHOTO: TIYESE JERANJI

Diep River elderly people attended the launch of their senior association saying it was something they have been missing. PHOTO: TIYESE JERANJI

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Diep River senior citizens now have a place to call home after the launch of the Diep River Senior Association on Sunday.

This is the first time there is a club for the elderly in the community to come together.

The launch will be followed by three more “surprise” events this year so that the elderly can get together, get to know each other and enjoy sharing memories.

Alexis Serra, director of the Association, says this is something they created to give back to the elderly.

“Our senior citizens are the pillars of our community, and the glue that holds families together. In spite of raising their own children, in many disadvantaged communities many open their homes to their adult children and raise their grandchildren and great-grandchildren. They are the books of knowledge and integrity and a hard-working generation. It’s time they were recognised, respected and heard, because our seniors are a force to be reckoned with.

“But sadly they are greatly neglected and disrespected by our current society and government. We want to make this a home for them where they will be happy, forget about the troubles at home. We want to create memories for them and make them feel that they are really valued.

“They don’t ask for much. They want to be loved and cherished for all the good that they have done for us, so we want this club to bring out the best in them. They should enjoy every moment that they step out to be together,” says Serra.

They are working on getting funds so that they will do more activities with the elderly. As from next year they will start with fabric painting, meals on wheels and transport to the clinic. They will collect their chronic medications, do house chores and help with grooming.

Charmaine Maseko, chairperson of the Association, says this is what the elderly really need.

“We want to close the gap. We will be using our skills and expertise to make the elderly enjoy every moment. We are still trying to source funds but we know everything will work out. This year is more about creating awareness. Let them be used to each other, then we start the ball rolling. We are very excited about it and we hope that they will also enjoy it,” she says.

With eyes filled with tears, Wilhelmina Hendricks (72) thanked the people who started the Association by saying it’s heart-warming.

“I can’t really thank them enough for what they have done. I still do believe that there are people out there who value us and have seen our importance. We know that nothing comes from nothing so I pledge my support whenever I can.”

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