Let’s discuss ageing, dementia, death & dying.

We have to change our minds about people whose minds have changed. My journey with aging began at a young age when my mother became a matron at the local care home in Heidelberg, my hometown. As a child, I witnessed the transformation of the institution into a welcoming home through my mother’s efforts. I […]

In 2023 we are working towards recovery

The New Year hype always leaves me somewhat confused. When the clock ticks over on the 31st of December at midnight, does it actually mean anything? What do we celebrate? An ending? A beginning? Do we anticipate that anything will change when the clock strikes 12? Call me a cynic, but I have never quite […]

Só kan jy sonder ’n kwalifikasie na ’n Alzheimer-pasiënt omsien

Om mee te begin is dit belangrik om te weet dat Alzheimer se siekte ’n soort demensie is en dat dit nie iets anders as demensie is nie. Dr. Rayne Stroebel wat ’n PhD in demensiestudies het, en ook besturende direkteur van GERATEC is, sê indien jy een persoon met demensie ontmoet het, het jy […]

Die emosionele impak van die verouderingsproses.

– VLV Paarl 15/06/2022We dont talk about trees getting older, we say theyre “growing”. Let’s use thesame term about ourselves. Were not getting older, were just “growing”. That`sthe spirit of living.Met die versoek om oor die impak van die verouderingsproses met u te komgesels, het ek onmiddellik gedink aan die talle boeke van ouer skrywers […]

Nutrition Wellness

NUTRITION WELLNESS (Info guide): JULY 2022- CORPORTE WELLNESS WEEK.4-8 July is Corporate Wellness Week with the focus on Nutrition Wellness at Work. Eating well in the workplace can have a significant impact on the overall health and well-being of every employee, but also on the company. Promoting healthy food options in the work setting is […]

Why should you care about nutrition for older people

People are getting older and living longer In 2018, for the first time in history, persons older than 65 years outnumbered children under 5 years globally. And life expectancy is continuing to increase in South Africa and across the world. Ageing well is not just about living longer, it is also about the quality of […]

Aging: more than botox, incontinence and the dementia sample

READ FULL ARTICLE Age discrimination creates a delusion that leads to most people not being prepared for this phase, writes RAYNE STROEBEL. Ten years ago, cancer was people’s biggest fear, now it’s dementia. The more research done, the less we really know what causes this condition. Elderly, senior citizen, retiree, gray-headed, oxygen thief, gray tsunami and a […]


READ FULL ARTICLE The first of two ‘background information’ contributions comes from Rayne Stroebel, our specialist on dementia. Zeroing in on the challenges of dementia takes us to one very specific aspect of ageing – and one that perhaps demands the most immediate attention in resolving the shortage of long-term care solutions. Reading Rayne’s discussion, […]

Protecting the human rights of older persons: Challenges to the human rights of older people during and after COVID-19

Original Article: ILC ALLIANCE   Globally, COVID-19 has led to debilitating effects and posed significant human rights challenges for older persons. Healthcare measures and societal responses to COVID-19 have impacted older persons mental and physical wellbeing, amplified ageism, and heightened the risks of elder abuse. In this report, we present insights into the impacts of […]

GERATEC 2021 overview

GERATEC turned 25 this year! And what a challenging year it has been for us all. We have lived through three waves of Covid-19 and as I am writing this, a fourth wave is looming. The end of 2020 saw our Christmas and New Year celebrations cancelled, and when the third Covid-19 wave came down […]

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