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Let’s Talk About Dementia by Hendrik Baird…

I remember my great-grandmother quite well. Even though I was very small, she made a big impression on me. But as I grew up, I found I couldn’t have a conversation with her. Her mental capacity was that of a small child, even though she once was a powerful and strong woman. I was made …

COVID-19 vaporised at Thornhill Manor

Thornhill Manor resident Rudi Waage (pictured) takes up arms against the coronavirus. After extensive research, the village committee of the Rand Aid-run retirement village in Modderfontein decided to purchase an industrial fogger to sterilise communal areas. The fogger vaporises hypochlorous aci...

Contagions brought to book at Thornhill Manor

Thornhill Manor retirement village’s motto is ‘People Matter Here’ and with the coronavirus pandemic having restricted people’s social lives, the village had to find ways to safely enable residents to fill their days with enjoyable activities. “It is vitally important to ensure that our...

Snooker offers pockets of pleasure

Going on retirement after decades of purpose-filled days at the office can leave people feeling a little lost. That is why Rand Aid retirement village Thornhill Manor, situated in Modderfontein, Johannesburg, offers retirees a host of ways to keep themselves busy and challenged, including a recen...

Thornhill Manor’s ‘people matter’ approach

People matter at Rand Aid retirement village Thornhill Manor, which is why the phrase ‘People Matter Here’ has been adopted as the village motto. It was coined by the new village chairman, Dr Dave Webster, who discussed it with the rest of the village committee. They decided it would be a gre...

Retirement villages get a redesign for the times

The rapid onset of COVID-19 brought with it a new way of thinking about the way that we do almost everything. Even in lower levels of lockdown, where much has returned to business as usual, there remains a need to practise increased hygiene and safety protocols to protect those who are most vulne...

Ron Smith Care Centre celebrates 103-year-old surviving COVID-19

Ron Smith Care Centre resident Kitty Venn has survived the coronavirus at age 103! After spending two weeks in isolation, she is back in her sunny garden room at the Rand Aid-run care centre in Lyndhurst, Johannesburg. Dr Christina Eleftheriades, who cared for Kitty during her time in the care ce...

How to help your ageing parents prepare for retirement

Few of us have had “the talk” – that discussion we should all have with our parents about where they want to live when they get older.  And what arrangements to be made – moving to a retirement village with healthcare and frailcare facilities or a nursing home – should ...

Boom in retirement real estate

The world’s population is aging at an accelerating rate with people aged 65 years and over comprising a bigger share of the world’s elderly population. The dramatic growth in this population group has arisen from improvements in life expectancy and has implications for many countries around t...

Lockdown-hit retirement construction industry back on building sites

With the relaxation of lockdown restrictions, it’s back to work for the construction industry, one of our major economic contributors due to the labour-intensive nature of construction activities. In fact, it has been touted as one of the key sectors the government should prioritise to ramp up ...