Henry Spencer lives in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa with his wife, Ruth. After a successful business career in production management and industrial engineering, he entered the non-profit field when he was appointed CEO of TAFTA (The Association for the Aged) – a leading charity focused on care of the elderly and vulnerable – in 1993. He commenced university studies later in life, obtaining a BA Degree in his mid-fifties (psychology major), followed by a Masters Degree in Applied Ethics (Cum Laude) from Stellenbosch University.
Years Active in Retirement Matters
After nine years at TAFTA, Henry and his wife Ruth relocated to the United Kingdom, where, starting from the bottom up, he worked his way through the ranks of Security Guard, Healthcare Worker, Assistant Manager of a dementia home for 30 people, Home Manager for people with profound learning disabilities, and finally, Operations Manager of eight such homes in the Gloucester and Bristol regions.
Henry and Ruth returned to South Africa in 2007, when he was appointed as live-in Manager of Sandown Retirement Village. He retired in July 2008, and for a year thereafter consulted for the Rob Roy Lifestyle Village. He moved to Pietermaritzburg in 2009 and is currently actively involved with elder care, consulting for a number of homes and retirement complexes in and around Pietermaritzburg and Durban.
He also undertakes assessments in respect of the risk of elderly people falling in care facilities.
Henry has written numerous books and has worked with people with dementia, in a hands-on capacity, for over 22 years. Furthermore, he was on the KwaZulu-Natal Board of ARDA (Alzheimer’s and Related Diseases Association) for 20 years, at one stage serving in the position of Chairperson.