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YEI News – From the Editor’s desk – 14 November 2018

Posted By Marilynh / November 13, 2018 / 1 Comment

News from YEI includes:  

SASSA WhatsApp fake news advertisement, Croatia tour, why community choirs have become a social salvation for some seniors, and more….


Editors desk

Greetings YEI readers


SASSA statement: 

The current WhatsApp advertisement
of a so-called unemployment grant for R2 200 and voucher is fake news
Click here to read more…


Croatia tour 

If you have been thinking about a tour to Europe, then this could be the one. 
We invite you to take a look at this incredibly relaxing tour with FCT Senior Travel where one will experience Croatia at its best.
Click here to read more about the Croatia Tour




WINNER:  Barnyard Theatre tickets


We are delighted to announce that the winner of the
recent Barnyard Theatre competition is:

Elbie Orffer from Kempton Park
Congratulations – what a fabulous prize you have won! 
Many thanks to the Barnyard for affording YEI
the opportunity to run this ticket give-away.


Click here to see the current fabulous competitions on WIN with YEI

Click here to see all of the winners of YEI competitions.

Winners names are also featured on the YEI Facebook page.


What’s On


Click here to browse through the What’s On guide.


Petition for tax payers aged 70+

In the last YEI newsletter, we featured a suggestion from a YEI member proposing that tax payers over 70 be allowed to submit a tax return only once a year in the normal tax season.  The response was extremely limited.
YEI cannot move forward unless we receive a worthwhile response.
Do share your thoughts on this in the comments section below.
Click here to read more…


Are you retiring at the end of 2018?

If you are, don’t forget to send us your new email address prior to retiring.   To change your email address, send us a mail with your name, old and new email address, name of suburb, town, province and cell phone number.  Don’t miss out on great senior savings and benefits and other valuable information that you receive through the YEI newsletter.


Interesting snippets of information

Community Choirs Can Be Social Salvation for Seniors


Belonging to a community choir may be the best weapon against loneliness for seniors, a new study suggests.  Researchers created community choirs for nearly 400 English- and Spanish-speaking participants at 12 senior centres in San Francisco.  The choirs were led by professional choir directors and accompanists. The songs were culturally selected for each site, appropriate for older adults with varying singing abilities, and challenging enough to require growth and mastery over time.  The 90-minute choir sessions included informal public performances.  After six months, choir members reported significant improvements in loneliness levels and interest in life, but not much change in mental or physical abilities or in health care costs, according to the researchers.  “We were a little surprised not to see improvements in cognitive and physical function, especially because the literature, although small, suggested there should be improvements,” said study author Julene Johnson, associate dean for research at the University of California, San Francisco’s School of Nursing.

The study was published Nov. 9 2018 in
the Journal of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences.


Do you have a pastime/hobby that you see as your social salvation?
Do share your thoughts in the comments below…


A trip down Memory Lane


Newspaper cutting of food items


Can you remember when Koo tomato sauce was 62c, and lamb was R1.68 per kg?!!


Until next month…


Kind regards,
Marilyn and the YEI Team


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One Comment

  • btenda mcsweeney
    November 18, 2018 at 12:24 pm

    I would like to add my intetest in Mike Caine’s suggestion of over 70’s paying tax once a year
    I too find it tome consuming and, what for?

    thsnk you Brends McSweeney

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