Daily Maverick (Johannesburg)

4 September 2014

South Africa: AgeWell - Growing Old, With Your Soul Intact

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South Africa, like the rest of the world, is facing an age bulge. We've got more and more old people, and they need all the same things the rest of us do: care, companionship, and to make ends meet. So what better way to make all this happen than to get seniors taking care of each other, while earning in the process?

"Since working for AgeWell I am like a child who has just started school. When I wake up in the morning, I feel happy to be working at my age. I learnt a lot from my training on technology. AgeWell knows how to teach older people who are over 60 years. I enjoy my work every day."

Riorita Mathe is an AgeWell: a fit, able-bodied elderly caregiver in the employ of AgeWell Global, whose job is to go on scheduled visits and check up on the health and wellbeing of other seniors - known as clients - in the AgeWell programme. She and the other AgeWells, of which there are 34 in total, service some 220-plus clients in the Sea Point and Khayelitsha areas, working 20-hour weeks on a schedule they determine on...

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