Cervical Cancer Screening Talk with SA Health

Cervical cancer is among the most common cancer among women. The risk of a woman being diagnosed with this cancer by the age of 85 is 1 in 162.

MWASA held an informative talk on cervical cancer for all women ages 40 and above earlier this month. Our ladies learnt how to recognize early signs of cervical cancer and what measures to take to keep themselves as healthy as possible.

It is important that cervical cancer is detected at early stage, even before it can be felt. The 5-year survival rate for this cancer is 74%. Making the effort to exercise daily and making regular appointments with your GP is a good measure to take to spot the signs of cervical cancer early.

Thank you to Jacqueline from SA Health for coming in for the informative talk; our ladies were definitely very grateful.

Visiting the SA Museum and Lunching at Good Social Cafe with the CHSP Seniors

Earlier this month, we took our CHSP seniors to a trip to visit the South Australian Museum! The warm springtime weather was perfect for the seniors to take a leisure stroll to the museum from Victoria Square.

Seniors ready to take a stroll outside the SA Museum

It was an exciting tour for the seniors, and a quite a shock for some who had never visited the SA Museum before! We managed to explore all the exhibitions available, except for the Ancient Egypt gallery which some of our seniors found too scary! Our seniors were particularly amazed by the real life exhibits and were so very eager to learn more about them.

Seniors enjoying a leisure look at the museum exhibitions.Seniors enjoying a leisure look at the museum exhibitions.Seniors enjoying a leisure look at the museum exhibitions.Senior resting while posing in front of an exhibition.Seniors and staff posing for a photo with an exhibition!

We also treated the seniors to lunch the Good Social Café afterwards. The delicious food and the charming atmosphere of the café was perfect for catching up or just relaxing after a morning of walking.

Outside the Good Social Cafe– ready for a meal!Seniors enjoying their lunch and catching up for the week.

Can’t wait for the next outing with our seniors!

Games Day with CHSP Seniors!

To celebrate the ease in lockdown restrictions, our CHSP Seniors enjoyed a fun day indoors playing friendly games with friends! 🧩 We had played numerous mind-twister games that left the seniors full of laughter and chatter.
 
Among all the games played, the crowd favourite was Bingo! Our seniors were very engrossed in the game and many began to show their competitive streak . There was even a demand for a second round!
Seniors eagerly waiting for the number announcment during a game of Bingo.

Seniors playing Bingo. Continue reading “Games Day with CHSP Seniors!”

Maintaining Wellbeing with Breast Cancer Screening

Breast cancer is the most common cancer among women in Australia and the second most common cancer to cause death in women.

MWASA held an informative talk on breast cancer for all women ages 40 and above on the 12th of August. Our ladies learnt how to recognize early signs of breast cancer and what measures to take to keep themselves as healthy as possible.

It is important that breast cancer is detected at early stage, even before it can be felt. This greatly improves the treatment options and health outcomes for the individual. Making the effort to exercise daily and making regular appointments with your GP is a good measure to take to spot the signs of breast cancer early.

Thank you to Marita Aldride from Breast Screening SA for coming in for the informative talk; our ladies were definitely very grateful.

Visit BreastScreen SA to find out more about cancer symptoms and screening.

CHSP Lawn Bowling

MWASA is committed to helping  better the lives of seniors and encourage a more independent lifesyle through organizing activities that promote an active lifestyle.

 

On 3 September 2020, we organized a lawn bowling activity at Glenelg Bowling Club in which 17 seniors participated. The weather was sunny and pleasantly warm despite the light drizzle in the morning. The seniors were welcomed by two members of the bowling club. They briefed the seniors on the rules of the game.

 

 

Some of the seniors were excited as it was their first time while others had experienced playing it before. This low-impact sport activity was thoroughly enjoyed by the seniors, especially the men. They had the pleasure of enjoying time outdoor with their peers, which not only improved their fitness but also their mental well-being. The seniors played over an hour and a half before stopping for lunch. The club provided free flow of coffee and tea. 

 

Overall, they all had a very wonderful time being outdoors and spending time with their peers.

 

 

CHSP Meal Delivery by Momz Kitchen

Momz Kitchen catered appetising home style food (stir-fried chicken with rice) for the CHSP seniors on the 22nd and 23rd of July. The meals are part of the ongoing CHSP meal distribution program to support the seniors in accessing meals during the pandemic period. The meals were delivered by Sister Urika and her intern, Jessica as well as a volunteer, Brother Qayyum.

Information about the easing of COVID-19 restrictions and what it means for the seniors, as well as testing locations, were made available to them.  

As restrictions begin to ease from 20th July, MWASA will be resuming Social Support Group activities by inviting CHSP seniors for a social lunch at Sofra Kebab House in conjunction with Eid ul-Adha celebration after months of isolation.

CHSP Meal Delivery by Afghan Star

This round, the Muslim Women’s Association of South Australia paired up with another local business – Afghan Star Charcoal Kebab House – to provide CHSP seniors with a tasty packed meal. The meal, which was delivered by Sister Urika and her volunteer Sister Nadia on 8 and 9 July 2020, included delicious grilled chicken skewers / falafel with salad and sauce wrapped in tandoori bread.

‘Tips and Ideas for Older Australians to improve flexibility, balance and strength’ by the Department of Health and a jigsaw puzzle activity were also included to engage and entertain the seniors in their free time. 

Eid Greetings from Premier Marshall & Assistant Minister Jing Lee

 

Dear Hon Steven Marshall, Premier of SA,  and Hon Jing Lee, Assistant Minister to the Premier,

On behalf of Muslim Women’s Association of SA, thank you for this thoughtful letter to our community.

We appreciate your good wishes for our Eid ul Adha, which we are looking forward to, especially when South Australia is kept safe and well by our South Australian Government.

We are posting your letter on our website and social media so that all of our members and our community can share the good wishes from both of you.

Yours sincerely,

 
Dora Abbas
Vice Chairperson

CHSP Postcards Activity

The seniors shared their heartfelt experiences of their time in isolation on postcards. The postcards encouraged them to express their thoughts and feelings on how isolation during the COVID-19 pandemic impacted their lives. 
 
Heartfelt gratitude and appreciation were conveyed by some of the seniors for the packed meals and emotional support given by MWASA during this time. Some seniors also shared their struggles of being isolated from their friends and family members, while others reflected on the importance of looking after their own health and well-being.
 

CHSP Meal Delivery from Sumac Cafe

Sumac Cafe catered exquisite Mediterranean meals for the seniors on the 24th and 25th June 2020. They provided the seniors with appetising chicken skewers, salad and hummus served with rice and Lebanese bread. 

COVID-19 has created many challenges for members in the older community, forcing them into isolation in order to protect their health and well-being. This week, MWASA designed an activity for the seniors to create their own postcard and record their experiences (either in writing or drawing) on how isolation during this pandemic has changed or impacted their life.

Additionally, to continue advocating preventative measures against COVID-19, MWASA also provided the seniors with face masks to wear in situations where it is not feasible to maintain physical distancing such as on public transport.

CHSP Meal Delivery from Sofra Kebab House

On the 10th and 11th of June, the seniors were provided with delicious meals from Sofra Kebab House. Sister Urika, her intern Jessica, and volunteer Sister Filzah delivered the charcoal chicken with rice and salad to the seniors. 

Word search activity puzzles and an information pamphlet on ‘Keep Warm this Winter’ by SA Health were also provided to the seniors to help them stay warm and engaged this winter.