It is estimated that about 250,000 people in South Africa have some form of dementia. As our population ages, projections are that we, along with the rest of the world, will see this number increase dramatically. Right now, one in twenty South Africans are estimated to be over 60 and this is expected to treble in coming years. At 65 years of age, it is estimated that 4-5% of the population has dementia. This increases sharply to 30% at the age of 80.
Dementia affects the chemistry of the brain, causing loss of memory and intellectual functioning, personality changes and, ultimately, physical deterioration. Most commonly, dementia is the result of Alzheimer’s disease. Other triggers include Aids, vascular damage and alcohol abuse.
To create public awareness and provide support in matters pertaining to dementia, through the development and provision of relevant information, educational and training programes and support services throughout SA. We have a national office in Johannesburg and representation through regional offices in 8 provinces.
Our primary objectives are to.
These are executed using the following platforms.
Conducting accredited training courses in dementia care for nursing staff, family members, professional carers and volunteers.
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