Date: Tuesday 2nd October Time: 09.30 for 10.00
Cost: Monthly attendance – R80 for members, R100 if not pre-booked, R120 for guests, Name badge R70
Venue: Bryanston Country Club, Bryanston Drive, Bryanston
Booking: Please book until 5pm on Wednesday 26th September via SMS or e-mail to: Jutta Koser 082 743 1953
Cancellations: Must be made by 5pm on the Wednesday prior to the General Meeting; otherwise you will be required to pay in full
October speaker: Professor Jonathan Jansen
Why does South Africa not fall off the precipice?
Jonathan Jansen is Distinguished Professor of Education at the University of Stellenbosch. He was recently a Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University. He is President of the Academy of Science of South Africa. He started his career as a Biology teacher in the Cape and holds a PhD from Stanford. He is the author of the award-winning book, Knowledge in the Blood and his forthcoming books include Inequality in South African schools (with Nic Spaull)) and the Politics of Decolonization. His first grandchild is 6 months old and she prefers Tolstoy over Dr Seuss.
What is it about South Africans, and South African culture, that keeps us from going over the precipice? The economy is not growing. The state-owned enterprises are on their last legs. The education system is in tatters. The state itself has been captured. And yet we stand. Why? My presentation will discuss seven vital characteristics of South African society, and its people, that keep us together despite the odds. After all, we have been here before. At the end of the 1980s, for example, few political pundits gave South Africa much chance of surviving apartheid. And then, out of prison, walked Nelson Mandela. We are, to be sure, in crisis again. But I hope to show why the very resilience of our people ensures that we will, once again, rise to the challenge.
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.