26 August 2015 Volume :3 Issue :39

Mandela Day Visit to Retirement Centre


UKZN’s HIV and AIDS Programme commemorated Mandela Day this year by visiting the Outspan Retirement Centre in Umbilo in Durban where peer educators from the Nelson R. Mandela School of Medicine provided edutainment and a talk on Wellness and Aging to residents.

The educators put the elderly folk through an exercise to “Put their right foot forward” animating the message that: Health means Wealth.

It was emphasised to residents that by living in a way that was consistent and integrated with their wellbeing, they would possess true W.E.A.L.T.H. which stood for:

·        Well

·       Excited

·       Aging positively

·       Loving oneself and others

·       Time conscious

·       Keeping Healthy.

The overall message was that the above attributes were invaluable to an individual’s wellbeing and worth more than money could buy.

“A society that does not value its older people denies its roots and endangers its future. Let us strive to enhance their capacity to support themselves for as long as possible and, when they cannot do so anymore, to care for them”.   Nelson Mandela

Eleanor Langley

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