World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD)

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) is a global event for the last 17 years, celebrated every year on 15th of June. On this day, various local and global communities gather around, with the intention to recognise the impact of global abuse and neglect faced by the elderly. Apart from promoting a better life by…

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Thank You MySchool Supporters for Making Our Bus Trips Possible!

The Community Services Team at PADCA renders valuable services to rural communities in the Pietermaritzburg region. The team is relatively small however, we have a dedicated social worker, who has the primary responsibility of engaging with the elderly in the rural communities of Pietermaritzburg by uplifting their lives through community outreach projects. There are presently…

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Storytelling from PADCA’s Seniors

The vast majority of us are fortunate to have older people around us, whether they’re family, friends, just general acquaintances or those entrusted in our care. Older people are fonts of wisdom, experience, and storytelling. Some of our fondest childhood memories stem from our grandparents’ storytelling whether true, fictional or folktale. These stories can be…

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Putting The Spotlight On Fibre

What is fibre and why is it important? Dietary fibre is the edible part of plants which your body can’t digest or absorb. Fibre is sometimes called bulk or roughage. Fibre can be categorised by 3 physical characteristics, including its ability to dissolve (e.g. soluble and insoluble), how thick it is (gel-like quality), and how well…

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It’s time to break the “senior” mould!

The words “senior”, “old age”, and “over 60” have a wide range of connotations. When someone is 55 years old or more, phrases like “it’s just old age” and “at your time of life” get bandied about when someone is injured or unwell. When you are looking at purchasing products and services tailored to this…

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GoBlue this Garden Day, flex your gardening muscles

Giving yourself a good workout in the privacy of your own backyard is much nicer (and cheaper) than going to a gym, and you don’t have to force your ‘love handles’ into unbecoming lycra! Getting fit and healthy can be an expensive affair if you consider the cost of gym membership – sweaty and dreary…

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Our seniors need YOU! It’s time to #GoBlue

It’s time for our annual awareness initiative #GoBlue. Designed to draw attention to the needs of seniors in the Pietermaritzburg and Midlands community, the #GoBlue campaign runs through to #GivingTuesday on 29 November. Living agelessly requires each person to remain engaged and active as they grow older. To educate the community on ageless living, PADCA…

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Ageing is an opportunity, not a problem to be solved

Did you know that 25% of 60 years olds are in excellent health and 50% are in good health? 75% of this demographic are able to live an active life. Two-thirds of those over 65 need no assistance with daily living. Additionally over half of people 85 years and older are able to live independently. …

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What you can give can change the life of senior this Mandela day

We will never fully understand why we sometimes experience more gratitude from giving rather than receiving. Some studies reveal that giving has many benefits such as when we give it brings about feelings of warmth, euphoria and connection with others. Giving has also been known to have a ripple effect and encourage others to do…

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