The aged warned on signs of abuse

2016-06-30 06:00
 Coordinator Phumla Ndaba shares information with members of the Nombasa Ola Age Club in Gugulethu on Thursday.  PHOTO: Mandla Mahashe

Coordinator Phumla Ndaba shares information with members of the Nombasa Ola Age Club in Gugulethu on Thursday. PHOTO: Mandla Mahashe

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The elderly as well as the community must know of their rights in order to avoid abuse. This message was delivered at Nombasa Old Age Club in Gugulethu last Thursday.

Members of this 30 year old club were introduced to the Melwane Programme ran by Ikhaya Labantu Initiative which aims to alert the community of elderly abuse and neglect.

“We want to educate the elderly regarding their rights and what they generally deserve. In our communities, our elderly people are under attack from their own families.

They are locked inside homes, their pension money taken and physically abused by their children. What this new programme will do is to teach the community to take care of the elderly and identify those that are in these kinds of predicaments,” said Noluthando Mfunda, a coordinator at Nombasa.

The club has more than 50 members, some of whom are still active and visiting the centre while others are home based.

Mfunda said that their daily activities cater for the physical, emotional and mental needs of the elderly.

“We keep our members active on a daily basis by arranging exercises and arranginghealthy meals.

We also offer arts and craft as well as partner with other organisations so that they can assist our members with issues they face in their homes,” said Mfunda.

She urged the community to be on the lookout for signs that an elderly person might be abused.

“We see it happening all the time where the elderly are forced to live in a backroom shack by their children.

That in itself is abuse, so with this programme we want the neighbours to take initiative and alert the authorities when they see something fishy,” she concluded.

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