Many negative patterns of behaviour associated with the elderly are either the result of bereavement, the loss of friends and loved ones, or the selling of a home and possessions. The result may be a reluctance to become involved with people, neglect of self and belongings, irritability and bitterness, or even suicide. Older people often find themselves losing a certain amount of independence, with others, or society, regarding them as incapable of making their own decisions.
Society would do well to concentrate on trying to relate to the elderly as normal. The term “the aged” has become a label. Each of us is an individual with their own personality, hopes and fears, likes and dislikes whims and habits. It is no longer acceptable to say ”what can you expect at your age” or ”act your age” as some 70 year olds are fitter than some 50 year olds.
More and more people are living to be 70 and over, so there are going to be increasing numbers of senior citizens contemplating the prospect of 10, 15 or more years of retirement. What are they going to do with those years? This is where the SOUTH AFRICAN SENIORS FITNESS ASSOCIATION (SASFA) comes in.