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Are old age pensions for urban Africans family allowances? Implications for the reconstruction and development programme

Authors:
McKENDRICK B.W., SHINGWENYANA B.Z.
Journal article citation:
Social Work Maatskaplike Werk, 31(3), August 1995, pp.288-235.

Seeks to provide factual data to support or refute family dependence on old age pensions in South Africa, by reporting on a survey showing the way in which a group of urban African old age pensioners use their ex gratia old age pensions. The purpose is to establish the extent to which children and other socially vulnerable people are supported by the old age pension of one family member. If this support is extensive, the provision of state old age pensions must be thought of as a means of protecting and nurturing children and family life, and not only as a way of assisting elderly people in financial need.

Journal article

A personalised approach to retirement preparation and enrichment

Author:
LOWIS M.J.
Journal article citation:
Social Work Maatskaplike Werk, 31(1), March 1995, pp.79-89.

Reviews a number of attempts in South Africa to prepare people for an active and fulfilling retirement.

Journal article

Dumela Mma: an examination of resilience among South African grandmothers raising grandchildren

Authors:
DOLBIN-MACNAB Megan L., et al
Journal article citation:
Ageing and Society, 36(10), 2016, pp.2182-2212.
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press

Grandmothers serve as primary care-givers for a significant number of South African children. Previous research has documented that South African grandmothers experience physical, financial, emotional and social adversity. However, less attention has been given to South African grandmothers' resilience, or their capacity to respond to the challenges associated with raising their grandchildren. Utilising Walsh's (2003; 2012) family resilience model, this qualitative study examined resilience and resilient processes among 75 Black South African grandmothers raising grandchildren. Grandmothers participated in structured interviews during a weekly visit to a local luncheon (social) club. Results indicated that the grandmothers perceived themselves as engaging in a number of resilient processes, including relying on their spirituality, accessing sources of instrumental support, and seeking emotional support and companionship from their grandchildren and larger communities. Grandmothers also believed that focusing on their grandchildren contributed to their sense of resilience. This involved maintaining a sense of responsibility to their grandchildren, having hope for their grandchildren's futures and finding enjoyment in the grandmother–grandchild relationship. The findings reveal that, by engaging in various resilient processes, South African grandmothers raising grandchildren perceive themselves and their families as having strategies they can utilise in order to successfully cope with adversity. Findings also highlight the need for prevention and intervention efforts designed to promote grandmothers' resilience, as well as the resilience of their grandchildren. (Publisher abstract)

Journal article

The spending patterns of the old-age pension by the frail elderly

Authors:
STRYDOM Herman, STRYDOM Corinne
Journal article citation:
Social Work Maatskaplike Werk, 45(3), August 2009, pp.241-255.

An old-age home that delivered community outreach services to older people in the community investigated the housing circumstances and financial position of the participants. It was found that the elderly receiving services had very little to spend on themselves and a large percentage of participants could not account for their monthly expenditure. Financial problems were evident as there was no food in the home, the home smelt of urine and dirty laundry and bed linen were evident. The risk of financial abuse is highlighted.

Journal article

Evaluering van die benutting van gemeeskapsdienste deur bejaardes in 'n semi-stedelike gebied

Authors:
STRYDOM H., ROUX A.A.
Journal article citation:
Social Work Maatskaplike Werk, 42(2), June 2006, pp.173-186.

This study reports on a needs assessment done in the greater Potchefstroom area with the aim to evaluate the various community services of the Potchesfstroom Service Centre for the Aged. This study ascertained why some aged people are not members of the service centre and what kinds of services are preferred by members and non-members of the service centre. Some recommendations had also been made regarding steps to be taken by the Potchesfstroom Service Centre for the Aged in order to still improve the current services offered. [Article in Afrikaans].

Journal article

The changing face of residential care in South Africa: a practitioner's perspective

Author:
van ZYL Margaret
Journal article citation:
Global Ageing, 3(3), December 2005, pp.54-60.

The author reports on the current state of residential care for older people in South Africa.

Journal article

Retirement villages and related care services: perceptions, preferences and needs of elderly consumers and providers in Cape Town

Authors:
FRONEMAN C.A., van HUYSSTEEN M.K.R., van der MERWE I.J.
Journal article citation:
Social Work Maatskaplike Werk, 40(4), October 2004, pp.413-429.

Describes the findings of a study in the Cape Metropolitan Area and fringe districts of perceptions, preferences and needs of elderly persons and views of housing providers regarding retirement housing and related care services. Interviews were conducted with 228 sampled elderly persons in neighbourhoods with a high elderly concentration and selected retirement villages. The views of experts on retirement housing and role players in the elderly care field were elicited separately. The elderly's basic preferences can be summarised as: renting residential units instead of buying them; no luxuries such as therapy services; safety considerations incorporated in interior design; being able to use their own furniture; primary health care offered; recreational facilities; good corporate management; and accessibility of essential general services. These findings are considered for consumers in different cultural and socio-economic groups and compared with the views of developers, providers and other role players. Contends that, given the Government's new policy on housing and elderly care, they may assist providers of retirement housing and related care services to understand the diversity of needs of the mature retirement market and provide facilities and services accordingly.

Book

Empowering older people: an international approach

Editors:
THURSZ Daniel, NUSBERG Charlotte, PRATHER Johnnie
Publisher:
Cassell
Publication year:
1995
Pagination:
233p.,bibliog.
Place of publication:
London

Presents papers from experts from 17 countries on empowering older people as individuals, through organisations, and in developing countries.

Journal article

The future of community-based services for older persons in South Africa

Author:
STRYDOM Herman
Journal article citation:
Practice: Social Work in Action, 20(2), June 2008, pp.103-111.
Publisher:
Taylor and Francis

This article provides an overview of the needs of older persons in South Africa today. It acknowledges the strong policy lead being given by government to ensure the positive integration of older persons within society, support for them within their families, their access to proper community-based services, their protection from abuse and ageism and promoting their general quality of life. At the same time the article stresses the size of the challenge that exists to turn government policy into reality in the lives of older people. As elsewhere in the world increasing numbers of older persons with a wide range of complex needs can be expected. Within South Africa migratory patterns, HIV/AIDS and extreme poverty may impede the growth in the number of the older population. At the same time those same phenomena will make the delivery of the necessary community-based services particularly difficult. A number of recommendations are made as to what the priorities should be for service delivery organisations within this context of ambitious policy but limited resources.

Journal article

The socio-emotional experiences of older persons with visual impairments

Authors:
MEYER T., GREEN S.
Journal article citation:
Social Work Maatskaplike Werk, 43(3), August 2007, pp.234-243.

Given the intense effect visual impairment has on the quality of life of older persons, there is an increased awareness in social work of the growing need and demand for support services for older persons who are visually impaired. The study explores the socio-emotional experiences of these persons from a life stage and ecological perspective. The investigation shows that visual impairment severely influences the daily functioning of older persons. The findings indicate the need for preventative services, assessment of the influence of visual impairment on the socio-emotional functioning of older persons, and social work interventions at individual, family and community levels.

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