South African Gerontological Association, (SAGA) South Africa
The South African Gerontological Association is a non profit registered fund-raising body, formed in 1982 by a group of health professionals who were concerned about the health, welfare and well-being of the older people. SAGA is not a service organisation, and does not provide care for the aged as such. Rather, it aims to enhance the skills and knowledge of those who do, foster research, and promote policy formation and implementation as well as advocacy.
Its members include researchers, physicians, psychiatrists, nurses, occupational therapists, social workers and physiotherapists; in fact, all who are concerned with the well-being of older persons, and their situation and circumstances. Membership is also open to non-professionals interested in any aspect of gerontology or care of the aged as well.
SAGA, jointly with the South African Gerontological Society (SAGS), is one of only two gerontology societies in Africa to be a member of the International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics (IAGG). The other member is the Tunisian Society of Gerontology and Geriatric.
SAGA members played a key role in the establishment of the South African Older Person’s Forum (SAOPF) in August 2005.
SAGA facilitated a United Nations’ International Institute of Ageing (INIA)/ North West University (NWU) Short Course on “Socio Gerontology in South Africa” in Johannesburg on 8-13 December 2008.
SAGA has been approached to host the 2012 IAGG conference.
SAGA is also represented in several national and international bodies i.e. HWSETA board (Health and Welfare Seta). Several SAGA members are also actively involved in the African Research on Ageing Network (AFRAN) co-ordinated at the Oxford Institute of Ageing, University of Oxford.
Currently SAGA is in discussion with SAGS to form an umbrella organisation thereby enabling the two organisations to work closely.
It is envisioned that this body will become the key resource on standards and trends in care of older persons.
Compiled by: Ms Ingrid Olmesdahl
Type and mission of organisation:
The South African Gerontological Association (SAGA) is a non-governmental organisation operating in South Africa and working towards the following objectives:
- To promote and improve the training of all persons working in the field of gerontology to the highest possible level;
- To promote public education about all aspects of ageing as widely as possible;
· To serve as a channel through which issues and matters affecting older persons can be conveyed to relevant authorities;
- To serve as meeting ground for liaison and coordination for gerontological endeavour in South Africa;
- To increase the awareness of the interests of older persons amongst governmental and other organisations concerned with the interests of the older persons;
- To promote research in all aspects of ageing;
- To co-operate with national and international associations which strive after objectives similar to those of SAGA.
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South African Gerontological Association (SAGA)
Sandringham Gardens Old Age Home
85 George Avenue
President: Ingrid Olmesdahl
Tel: (002711) 483 7497
Fax: (002711) 485 2216
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