AgeSong Elders TO SKYPE with Their Counterparts in South Africa

 

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The idea of elders  halfway across the world sharing something of who they are with each other has been met with  enthusiasm among folk both at AgeSong’s San Francisco Bay Area communities and among folk at PADCA   ( Pietermaritzburg and District Association for the Care of the Aged).

PADCA is a vibrant, dynamic non-profit organisation based in Pietermaritzburg, a leader in senior care in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands (in South Africa) and a resource of choice for senior citizens and their families.

One PADCA elder claimed, “It would be an opportunity to broaden my mind to be in contact with someone on the other side of the world.” Initially, a few community members of Sunnyside Park Home  in Pietermaritzburg will put together a short biography + email address and  send this to a staff coordinator at AgeSong who will match AgeSong elders who might be interested in responding.

Jo-Anne Stevens-O’Connor, Social Work Manager, PADCA, notes, “Some elders may be more comfortable with e-mailing at first, others prefer to Skype.” Nader Shabahangi, AgeSong CEO, is totally behind the project. He encouragingly remarked, “Let’s get skipping between our nations and care homes started – how exciting, indeed!”

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