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International Day for Older Persons


The first of October is the International Day for Older Persons – an annual United Nations (UN) initiative that aims to “highlight the important contributions that older people make to society and raise awareness of the opportunities and challenges of ageing in today’s world.” And as people are living longer than ever before, this day is more relevant than ever.

In fact, the UN states that “population ageing is poised to become one of the most significant social transformations of the 21st century.”

Ageing by the numbers

  • In 2018, for the first time ever, the number of people aged 65 and over outnumbered children under five. (un.org)

  • According to the 2019 South Africa mid-year population estimates, there are approximately 5.3 million people aged 60+ in South Africa – making up 9% of the country’s population. (statssa.gov.za)

  • It’s estimated that between 2015 and 2050, the global number of people aged 60+ will grow from 900 million to 2 billion – making up 22% of the world’s population. (who.int)

Our Partnership for Life promise
At Evergreen, we’re acutely aware of the challenges those approaching retirement face today – from physical safety and financial resources to physical and mental health and social interaction. And so we’ve made a Partnership for Life promise, one that means we go the extra mile to provide our residents with peace of mind and quality of life in retirement.

Here’s a closer look at the key pillars of this promise.

Physical security: Evergreen villages are secured with electric fencing, CCTV cameras, 24-hour patrols, strict access control and emergency Telecare call buttons in houses and apartments. These systems are closely monitored and regularly checked to identify where and when upgrades and improvements are required.

Financial peace of mind: You can accurately plan your financial future, thanks to the Evergreen Life Right, which offers flexible options, reduced upfront costs and transparent levies.

Continuous care: High-quality healthcare, delivered by experienced nurses and therapists is available at Evergreen’s on-site Care Centres. Services include regular clinics, occupational therapy, home-based care, 24-hour nursing and recuperative care, frail care and palliative care.

Sense of community: Village life revolves around a Lifestyle Centre, where residents spend time socialising, dining or enjoying the many clubs and special-interest groups that meet regularly. Facilities at the Lifestyle Centre typically include a dining room and bistro, TV lounge, games room, bar, library, outdoor deck with braai facilities, heated indoor pool, gym, salon and laundry.

If you’d like to find out more about our Partnership for Life promise or our villages, get in touch with Sharon on 087 808 7000 today.