Walk marks World Day of Older Persons

Staff, volunteers and residents from Douglas Murray took part in an annual walk.

On October 1 the world commemorates International Day of Older Persons and so did those at Douglas Murray Home for the Aged.

On Friday October 1 staff and clients from the Retreat senior’s home participated in an annual walk that aims to raise awareness of the impact of an ageing population and the need to ensure that people can grow old with dignity.

Mary-Ann Bergman and Mary April lead the way.

Another aim of the walk is to raise awareness about matters which affect the aged such as neglect and elder abuse. Home spokesperson Megan Schilder said they launched their Elders Matter Fundraising campaign in support of the orphaned aged in their care. As part of the campaign staff also did a 5km walk on Saturday October 2 from Muizenberg Surfer’s Corner to St James and back.

Shernor Corker and Zola Bolani enjoyed the walk.

“The aim was to acknowledge the important role that healthcare providers play in caring for the aged and highlight the fact that elders do matter and should have the right to access dignified care and service especially during the Covid-19 pandemic and beyond.”

Sergeant Luqmaan Adams with one of the residents who took part in the walk.