Founded in 1956 as “The South African Council for the Aged”, now known as “Age-in-Action”, is the body representing more than 2.7 million older people. The Organisation also has over 800 NGO’s as members who provide vital services to more than 150 000 older persons in need of care. In terms of its mission, namely to protect and promote the interests and well-being of all elderly persons, we strive to:
- To initiate and promote programmes aimed at advancing the status, well being, safety and security of vulnerable and needy older persons.
- To provide community based health care services for frail, bedridden, vulnerable and needy older persons.
- To initiate prevention and educational programmes on HIV/AIDS for older persons.
- To provide empowerment programmes for vulnerable and needy older persons visa viz., adult education.
- To conduct relevant social research so as to provide and initiate effective interventions.
- To compile relevant publications and disseminate information relating to older persons.
- To initiate and implement inter-generational programmes. To lobby and advocate for the rights of older persons.
Of what importance is the organisation to elderly South Africans?
- It is the only organisation in South Africa which champions the cause of both elderly persons and service delivery.
- It has a proven track record for development and transformation.
- It carries the support of thousands of older persons.
Problems facing older South Africans:
- Abuse, including systemic abuse and corruption
- Inadequate health care in communities
- Lack of housing facilities
- Poor health and nutritional status
- Too few community based services
- Social Security System
- HIV/AIDS pandemic