PO Box 2335, 36 Long Street
8000 Cape Town

Telefon: +27 (0)21 426 4249; +27 (0)72 5212 386
Fax: +27 (0)21 426 4290; +27 0(8)6 624 0591
Ansprechpartner: Ingrid Cupido


Founded in 1956 as “The South African Council for the Aged”, now known as “Age-in-Action”, is the body representing more than 2.7 million older people. The Organisation also has over 800 NGO’s as members who provide vital services to more than 150 000 older persons in need of care. In terms of its mission, namely to protect and promote the interests and well-being of all elderly persons, we strive to:

• To initiate and promote programmes aimed at advancing the status, well being, safety and security of vulnerable and needy older persons.
• To provide community based health care services for frail, bedridden, vulnerable and needy older persons.
• To initiate prevention and educational programmes on HIV/AIDS for older persons.
• To provide empowerment programmes for vulnerable and needy older persons visa viz., adult education.
• To conduct relevant social research so as to provide and initiate effective interventions.
• To compile relevant publications and disseminate information relating to older persons.
• To initiate and implement inter-generational programmes.
• To lobby and advocate for the rights of older persons.

Problems facing older South Africans:
• Abuse, including systemic abuse and corruption
• Inadequate health care in communities
• Lack of housing facilities
• Poor health and nutritional status
• Too few community based services
• HIV/AIDS pandemic

The programmes of the regional offices were designed to build networks through socio-economic development.
• Poverty alleviation projects through economic empowerment;
• HIV/Aids awareness and training;
• Human Rights watch units;
• Management and fundraising training;
• Health awareness and education;
• Caregiver training and the development of caregivers in the community;
• Establishment of safe houses for abused elderly;
• Lending depots for care equipment;
• Cultural and religious festivals;
• Children´s education projects;
• Social work interventions;
• Sports and Recreation;
• Food gardens;
• Literacy training.

Ingrid Cupido is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Age-in-Action.

For other net participants we can offer an expert guidance through trained staff, give an expert opinion, procure expert information and establish new contacts in the field of our work.

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