September 2018 General Meeting

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Active Ageing – How Can I Age Well?
There is one thing that is certain in life, and that is that each and every one of us ages a little bit every day. By the time you reach your 50s, you may start developing some aches and pains, and take a handful of pills every day. So what will happen when you are in your 70s and 80s? With the advances in the medical field, people are living longer. Which begs the question, “When I am in my mid-80’s, how will I have aged and how functional will I be?” Active ageing, the new buzz word in the health and fitness industry, means that you ensure exercise and movement are integral parts of your daily life, especially in your golden years. Research shows that physical activity and exercise rates decrease with age, with older adults achieving the least
amount of exercise compared to younger adults. Unfortunately, according to statistics, 1 in 3 older adults over the age of 65 years, and 1 in 2 over the age of 80 fall each year. As well, this inactivity is linked to an increased risk of developing many chronic conditions.
Kim Hauman from Silver Fit will be joining us to explore all of this and more as we unpack what it means to age well and embrace active-ageing. Kim Hauman completed her Bachelor of Science in Human Kinetics and Ergonomics and then her honours in Biokinetics. Her passion for exercise in the elderly led her to work in private practice specialising in Older Adult fall prevention and balance training, as well as corrective treatment for orthopaedic and chronic conditions. This bore Silver Fit, a
programme created by herself and a colleague, taking her experience in working with the elderly, and using it to develop a primary prevention and active ageing program. She is passionate about helping all older adults learn how to move well, and to find ways to stay strong, fit and healthy.

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GRAFFITI – ART OR VANDALISM?
Jo Buitendach studied archaeology at the University of Witwatersrand where in her honours year in 2008 she won the ‘Van Riet Lowe Top Student Award’. Jo then trained as a tour guide and started Past Experiences, a specialised tour operator that focuses on Johannesburg Inner City Walking tours. In December 2015, Jo graduated with a Master’s Degree from the University of Cape Town’s Faculty of Architecture and Planning in “Conservation of the Built Environment”. The topic of her thesis was the “Heritage Value of Graffiti, with a focus on the historic graffiti at Constitution Hill’s Number Four Prison”. In
October 2015 Jo was featured in the Guardian Newspapers “10 Of the World’s Best Tour Guides” feature and in 2016 she was chosen as one of the “Mail and Guardian’s 200 Young South Africans of 2016”. In March 2017, the Gauteng Government awarded Jo a “Special Recognition Certificate” at the “Premier’s Youth Excellence and Service Awards”, in recognition of her continued work in the Joburg City Centre. She is hugely passionate about the Johannesburg CBD, graffiti, public art, its communities, culture, buildings and history.

The talk began by looking at what graffiti is, whether it is illegal scratching on a wall in Pompeii or the subculture born in New York in the 1970’s. She then turned her focus onto the City of Johannesburg, starting by examining her masters dissertation topic, the historical and political graffiti found at Number 4 Prison at Constitution Hill. To end Jo introduced you to (or take you on a fun mini-tour) of the fantastic graffiti and street art of the Jozi Inner City.

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