Women’s Day - South AfricaWomen’s Day - South Africa
Women’s Day - South AfricaWomen’s Day - South Africa


Women’s Day celebrates the rights of women, their strength and fortitude. It is also a day to remember and honour the older women within our population – women who are all too easily forgotten, side-lined and neglected.  Women who face challenges that require careful planning.  Here are some important points to consider:

  • The South African population overall is aging. Women tend to live longer than men, so we can expect to have a larger number of elderly women in the future.
  • Already, female life expectancy in South Africa is 83, as opposed to 79 for males, according to statistics from 2014.
  • More older women than men live alone. Because women live longer than their spouses, it’s common for them to become widows in their later years.
  • 4 out of 5 senior women will be affected by a chronic condition or illness such as cardiac problems, arthritis or osteoporosis.
  • The prevalence of dementia among women is higher than among men – probably because it is a condition associated with older age, and women generally live longer than men.
  • 1 in 2 women are physically inactive by the age of 75.

“Because women live longer, they are both more likely to end up on their own and to suffer from ill health later in life.  For these reasons, it is imperative that they take control of their futures while they still have all of their faculties about them,” advises Arthur Case, Chief Executive Officer of Evergreen Lifestyle, South Africa’s leading provider of retirement living.  

“A couple can benefit greatly by downsizing from the family home on retirement and moving into a lifestyle village which offers various accommodation options along with a host of resort style facilities, services, and amenities.  While both spouses are healthy, they are able to enjoy an independent lifestyle together - but, at a later stage, should the wife become widowed or suffer ill health, she can be cared for within an environment that she is familiar with.”

Retirement lifestyle villages are secure estates that promote a quality lifestyle for older people. From 3-bedroomed free-standing houses, to apartments and frail care facilities, a range of residential and medical needs can be met, all in one location. Many villages offer resort style facilities that include gyms and swimming pools, tennis courts and bowling greens, and walking routes within the property, all of which encourage residents to remain physically active.

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Women’s Day - South Africa