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Why excellent healthcare matters as you age – By Evergreen Health Managing Director, Elize Porter

No one can predict with certainty what the future holds as we age. There are steps we can take on certain matters to set the course but, when it comes to health, there are a variety of unpredictable challenges that come into play. Age-related illnesses such as dementia, heart disease and strokes ...

RSCC adds a new dimension to dementia care

Rand Aid Association’s Ron Smith Care Centre has installed Snoezelen multi-sensory equipment at River Lodge 3, its residential care wing for people living with dementia, to create relaxing spaces that help reduce agitation and anxiety, engage and delight residents and encourage communication. ...

Social workers’ critical role in the times of COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the important role of social workers in society. Gone are the days of social stigma attached to the involvement of social workers. Rand Aid social workers Sue Prior, Debbie Beech and Ulricka Beukman fulfill the role of Community Care Co-ordinators in the reti...

How to stay healthy in COVID-19

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that eight out of ten deaths from COVID-19 have been among adults age 65 and older. The increased risk is explained primarily due to the immune system changes that occur with age. And those suffering with a chronic illness also puts the...

Dementia expert’s comforting words for loved ones

Social worker and dementia expert Debbie Beech explained how emotionally charged the decision is to place a loved one in a care centre, when she took part in a panel discussion on aging on September 17, as part of eNCA’s health and science focus hosted by Uveka Rangappa. The programme was aired...

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...

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 ...

Loved ones ‘zoom’ in for 90th birthday party

Ron Smith Care Centre resident Shelagh Hawes celebrated her 90th birthday surrounded by love and in the presence of her family, despite visitors not being allowed onto the Rand Aid property as a result of the coronavirus lockdown. Sister Leanie Bessinger made sure her birthday on May 19 was a mem...

WhatsApp groups bring families together

Rand Aid’s caring staff members have made life a little brighter for residents of the Ron Smith Care Centre. WhatsApp groups have been started on each of the care centre’s wings to keep families updated about the well-being of their loved ones during the coronavirus lockdown when visitors are...