Network chats aging topics

2016-10-11 06:00
The members of the Mitchell’s Plain Network Opposing Abuse opened a recent older persons event with a song.  PHOTO: Samantha Lee

The members of the Mitchell’s Plain Network Opposing Abuse opened a recent older persons event with a song. PHOTO: Samantha Lee

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A local organisation has taken steps to educate and empower the elderly in line with Older Persons Day, observed internationally on 1 October.

The Mitchell’s Plain Network Opposing Abuse with University of the Western Cape (UWC) interns held an older persons awareness day at the Beaconvale Frailcare Centre on Wednesday.

Dilsha Ishmail of the network says this was their first event held to celebrate older persons.

“We have given each group a responsibility to report on various matters that address aging and diseases that affect the aging body,” she says.

There were six tables each discussing an aspect of the theme. The group was responsible for discussing and researching each topic. Topics included general aging, heart disease, diabetes, lung health and cancer.

Lizelle Jafta, a UWC intern, says: “The purpose of the initiative is to promote a healthy lifestyle and the management of illnesses.”

Another intern, Nicoleen Steenkamp, says their main aim is to raise awareness.

“We want to raise awareness about the different social illnesses, like prostate cancer, breast cancer, lung and heart disease and everything that has to do with [elder] wellness,” she says.

“This is relevant to our community and it is time now for us to soar,” Ishmail told the attendees.

“We are talking about our dignity as an older person. This is just a drop in the ocean to say we need to be dignified and self sufficient – that is our aim for today.”

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