Armed with specialist UK developed person-centered care awareness coaching; & first hand care experience & knowledge through several family being diagnosed with dementia, we have set up DROP “dementia reach out programs” NPC to help in the following areas….
Through community talks & workshops, to expand awareness & help educate through a unique perspective, what dementia is and what to expect when faced with dementia.
Through various coaching and upksilling options, to help improve care standards for all involved (partner, friends & caregivers) in the care of someone living with dementia.
Through reaching out across cultures, communities & organisations in South Africa, to help reduce stigma, embarrassment & denial; & improve knowledge, understanding & acceptance of dementia.
- Free Community awareness talks around understanding dementia (limited to Dolphin Coast, KZN as a free service).
- Specialised upskilling & training for care support staff.
- Specialised upskilling & training for care management staff.
- Family or 1 to 1 coaching & counselling programs.
- Other specialised & tailor made advisory services.
Living with Dignity – Focusing on Well-Being
1 new dementia diagnosis occurs worldwide every 3 seconds equating to 28’800 every 24 hours, for which there are currently no cures for. At least 50% of 80 year old’s (the new 70) & above are likely to experience some form of dementia.
Highly negative stigma is most often associated with dementia & families often experience unbearable embarrassment & denial when a loved is diagnosed.
It is vitally important for loved ones of someone with dementia to get sufficiently educated as quickly & as extensively as possible, from whichever source best suites personal circumstances in order to maintain or enhance the well-being & dignity of all concerned.
Dementia vs Alzheimers
Dementia & Alzheimers are often spoken about as if they are different illnesses, however, dementia is an umbrella term used to describe a range of progressive neurological disorders, that is, conditions affecting the brain.
There are over 200 sub-types of dementia, but the five most common are: Alzheimer’s dementia, vascular dementia, dementia with Lewy bodies, frontotemporal dementia and mixed dementia.
Some people may have a combination of different types of dementia and these are commonly called mixed dementia.
Click here for more dementia facts & information.
A person living with dementia hasn’t lost their desire to reason, they’ve lost their ability to be able to reason.
Feelings become significantly more important than facts for the person with dementia.
Never speak in front of a person with dementia about them in the 3rd person.
It is very harmful to a person with dementia’s well-being when we infantilise them.
Contradicting someone with dementia rarely ever delivers positive outcomes, using “Silly Me”, aimed at yourself, works a charm.
Saying “How Interesting” with meaning instead of “How Silly or Don’t Be Silly”, can be very helpful.
Always CARE, Always SHARE.
Other Helpful Organisations
Azheimers Organisation. National Coverage | Dementia SA. Primarily Western Cape | Dementia Connections. Primarily Western Cape | Contented Care. UK Based Resource | Teepa Snow. US Based Resource | Wicking Dementia Centre. AUS Based Resource | Dementia Australia. AUS Based Resource