Progressive new legislation, aiming at protecting senior citizens (+60), was promulgated in 2006 – The Older Persons Act (No 13, 2006). It aims to “Maintain and promote the status, well-being, safety and security of older persons; maintain and protect the rights of older persons; shift the emphasis from institutional care to community-based care, in order to ensure that an older person remains in his or her home within the community for as long as possible; regulate the registration, establishment and management of services and the establishment and management of residential facilities for older persons; and combat the abuse of older persons.”
The Western Cape Provincial Department of Social Development (DSD) aims to relate the stipulations of the national Older Persons’ Act to the elderly in their communities by means of its provincial Active Ageing programme, and has contracted Umnyama to assist with this by means of puppet theater, workshops and research.
Umnyama is currently rolling out workshops on NPO Management, testaments and elderly abuse throughout the Western Cape.
The Western Cape Department of Social Development (DSD) has appointed Umnyama to educate and capacitate senior centre Committee members on how to manage an organisation like a senior centre. This workshop is mainly aimed at senior clubs that aim to comply with (or refresh) the DSD’s rules and regulations, in order to apply for funding from the DSD. What are the different roles for the committee members? What is the role of the organisation’s Constitution? How to compile a budget? How to keep records of books of account? How to report to the DSD? Senior centres all over the Western Cape are being visited by Umnyama’s facilitor team.
Everyone can, and should, draw up a testament. Adv. Wilfred Moses advises elderly on how to do this free of charge.
Elder abuse is any kind of abuse that is suffered by an elderly or ageing person that is not the result of an accident. There are several different forms of this and each can have life-changing effects on those who suffer from them. These effects include withdrawal from friends and family, broken bones, anxiety and, in some cases, death.