Smiles all round for seniors

2018-11-20 06:00
120 senior citizens of Parkwood gathered at the Methodist Church in Wattle Road last week.

120 senior citizens of Parkwood gathered at the Methodist Church in Wattle Road last week.

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More than 120 senior citizens gathered at the Methodist Church hall in Wattle Road on Wednesday 14 November.

Ward 66 councillor William Akim says the event was in aid of increasing awareness among the elders about their community and to take better care of themselves.

“This was something new to most of the seniors we have in ward 66, especially in Parkwood. The mere fact that this event was so successful, because we did not rely on organisations in the Parkwood area, but we went around to certain addresses to identify and bring those seniors who never had the opportunity to experience and to engage with one another. When I was here, a lady mentioned to me that she never had the opportunity to come and receive an invitation to be among the other seniors in Parkwood,” says Akim, who helped arrange transport for the event so that none of those who attended had to walk.

Wadiqa Stuurman welcomed the event and got to learn something new.

“This is my first outing and I am not sorry that I came because I enjoyed myself. The nicest thing of all was all the information we got about our health – what we must do and what we must not do.

“The programme they had, I really enjoyed it. The exercises they showed me here I am going to do at home,” she said.

Meanwhile, Ragmat Moses was reminded of the rest of the community’s communication deficiencies. “They need to show the community how they need to talk to other people, how to communicate properly.”

Various social services, health services as well as Sassa were on hand to deliver information sessions to the seniors. Akim adds that going forward, he hopes that more ward allocation can be made available for more events for seniors.

“The event was made possible by the ward allocation which we give back to our seniors of the Parkwood area. We are going to have the same event on Wednesday 28 November at Ottery where these departments will come to the party again to render a service. This is how we build relationships and to say thank you to the seniors for the role which they have played in making sure that we have the freedom we got today. We as residents in ward 66 have lots to learn from the seniors. We can listen to the different stories they can tell us on how it was when they grew up compared to what we have now. Thank you to all the residents who were here today, for the wisdom and encouragement which they gave me.”

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