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Physical touch forms the very foundation of human communication, bonding, and health.  Most of us take it for granted as a common part of our daily lives. Not so the lonely or isolated.  Research demonstrates that, especially amongst the elderly, touch deprivation is a very real problem that can have a powerful negative impact on the human psyche, preventing us from experiencing happiness or wellbeing. 

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Fitness is a coin with two sides; it is a concept we associate primarily with the body, but it is also an attitude which can be either restrictive or liberating.

As for the “golden years” – in order to find fulfilment, no matter our age, it is important to break out of the mental set that makes us think of our age first and our potential for contentment and wellbeing second.

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A smile, a hug, an unselfish thought…

The concept of kindness is as wide as the range of beneficial effects it can engender.  Any one definition of it would never be sufficient to house its many rewarding qualities.

For a start, let’s consider this long list of synonyms which all reflect kindness:  

benevolence, charity, generosity, courtesy, hospitality, friendliness, goodwill, goodness, grace, tolerance, understanding, gentleness, helpfulness, assistance.

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Water is our most important natural asset. After South Africa’s worst drought in decades, we are even more aware of this precious commodity – saving on garden watering, household use and definitely the topping up of pools! 

But water is more important than just a life-giving factor of human, animal and plant existence – water is one of our most important factors contributing to psychological wellbeing and physical strength. 

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“Doing nothing for others is the undoing of ourselves” – Horace Mann

Our volunteering program here at HSFA is crucial to the wellbeing of the people under our care. We would therefore like to honour International Volunteer Day that takes place on 5 December. The day serves as a platform for the celebration of the efforts of volunteers, the underlining of the importance of volunteerism and the mobilisation of volunteers globally. In line with this, we thought it apt to use this opportunity to highlight the value of volunteering in communities in general and among the elderly population specifically.

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