The Livewell Suites and Alzheimers South Africa’s quarterly awareness day aims to highlight issues around Alzheimers, a crippling disease affecting close to a million people in South Africa alone. The venue was packed to capacity late January.
Since its inception, the highly regarded event has drawn a crowd and this recent event was no exception. “The interest shown every quarter is overwhelming,” says Livewell Suites MD Jimmy Hanekom. “It’s an indication of the dire need among families of sufferers for accurate and useful information to provide the best possible care for their loved ones.”
Alzheimers day in Somerset West
Additional awareness days hosted by Livewell Suites at 41 Lourens Street, Somerset West are to take place over three days at the end of May, for which bookings have opened. At the most recent programme, members of the public, care-givers and representatives from the medical industry attended to hear from leading Alzheimers specialists.
Sought-after experts speak at Alzheimers Day
A regular participant at the Awareness Day, geriatrician Dr Deon Greyling tackled end-of-life issues related to Alzheimers and dementia this year. The talk dealt clinical uncertainties, legal decision-making, disagreements about patients’ best interests, how to deal with disagreements between family members and also clinical-assisted nutrition.
Psychiatrist Dr Simon Rubidge, who is in full-time private practice in Somerset West and specialises in geriatric psychiatry, spoke about the critical role a psychiatrist plays in the clinical care and the impact thereof on the quality-of-life of someone with dementia. Dr Rubidge made a strong case for early diagnosis of dementia and Alzheimers and re-iterated that most interventions are more effective when implemented earlier in the disease’s course.