The awareness campaign called “Go turquoise for the elderly” will run from 15 May (International Family Day) to 15 June (World Elderly Abuse Awareness Day). The campaign is geared towards creating awareness about the elderly in our communities, especially those not accommodated by institutions for the elderly, thus being more at risk.

Badisa is one of the largest organisations who care for the elderly in the Western Cape. We currently have 49 Elderly care programmes who reach 17 266 older persons in the Western and Northern Cape. Nine of these homes have Alzheimer units registered with the department of health.

We encourage you to support elderly care facilities in your area. Here are some ways you can make a difference.

Turquoise ribbon

Tie a turquoise ribbon in front of your home or office during 15 May – 15 June to help raise awareness for the “Go turquoise for the elderly” campaign. Tell your friends and family about the campaign and encourage them to tie a turquoise ribbon too.

Make a friend

Enquire about elderly people in your community who might not have family and friends who supports them. Contact them, whatsapp, or visit them when Covid-19 protocol permits it.

Donate

Help keep our elder’s minds sharp, support your nearest old age home by donating novels, puzzles, art and craft supplies.

Start a Hobby or host an event

Do you have a skill you would like to share? Start an arts and craft group, a book club, a dance, spa day, host a baking day or start a bingo evening. Talk to your nearest old age home and learn what their needs are.

Sponsor an elder

56% of Badisa’s elderly residents are dependent on social grants, this means that fundraisers are critical to support elders with necessities. Contact mhb@badisa.org.za to find your nearest Badisa old age home or community center.

Support facilities who care for the elderly

Caring for an elderly person takes a lot of resources, especially now during Covid, when strict protocols are in place. Support your nearest old age home by donating toiletries, food, clothes, adult nappies, masks, gloves, and sanitizers.

Prime Minister Tsvangirai once said: “Older persons are important to any society and nation, but their contribution can only be fully realized if they maintain their health and if barriers that prevent their engagement in family and community life are broken down.”

Let us all work towards a community where elders feel valued and respected.

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