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Gauteng Regional Manager
Petro was appointed as the Regional Manager of Gauteng Alzheimer’s SA on 1 April 2020. Petro is a qualified Social Worker with more than 30 years’ distinguished knowledge and experience in Transformation Management, Social Work, Assessments and Moderation. Previously she worked at the South African National Defence Force as social worker, researcher and manager since 1987 and before that at the “Oranje Vroue Verening” in Bloemfontein and “Christelike Maatskaplike Raad” in Walvisbaai. Petro is committed to the purpose of Alzheimer’s SA to render efficient care and support to persons living with Alzheimer’s and their carers/families.
The Alzheimer’s and Related Dementias Association was established in 1985 and the Gauteng regional office in 2000. It was transformed into ASA NPC in 2016.
Dementia is a progressive and degenerative disease of the brain which affects memory, language skills, visual perception, disorientation, capability to focus, to pay attention, to reason and to make decisions. In South Africa 1 of 10 people over the age of 65 and internationally 1 of 3 people over the age of 85 are diagnosed with the disease. The disease impacts the person living with dementia, their families and community on a personal, relational, psycho-social, and financial level.
FACT – Dementia does not discriminate, any one of us can be affected; – former heads of states – or even YOU!
Do you know someone who is living with dementia or who has a family member or loved one living with dementia?
We render services across all the districts in Gauteng to persons living with dementia and their families irrespective of race, gender, religious orientation, or financial standing. The services include psycho-social support and counselling; education and guidance on care choices; support groups; training of care givers, including family members as carers; and finally, awareness raising and advocacy.
Individual psycho-social support and counselling
These sessions can be provided face-to-face or online via video or telephone for persons living with dementia and their families.
Support groups for person living with dementia in early stages as well as for family members of those living with dementia is available in several areas in Gauteng. Meetings are held monthly. For further details please see our list of support groups and the contact details.
We have a number of training courses available for anyone interested in knowing more about dementia; for care givers at home, in the community and at residential facilities; for multi-professional team members, including health practitioners, social workers, psychologist, nurses, community workers, social auxiliary workers and traditional healers.
Current courses available
- One-day workshop (everybody with an interest in dementia disease)
- Two-day workshop (family members, care givers at home and in facilities, social auxiliary workers, community workers, volunteers)
- Four-day workshop (multi-professional team)
Courses can also be presented in a modular way to meet the need of the group or organisation who require the training.
We do awareness raising and advocacy on dementia through, talks, presentations, lectures, workshops to organisations, students and communities. You can invite us to your expo’s, wellness days and health and mental health campaigns.
Become a Volunteer
We need volunteers with a passion for persons living with dementia and their families who can get involved in the following ways:
We need mental health professionals who can get involved in our regional advisory committee; assist with training; and establishing and running of support groups.
We need professionals with expertise in law and finances to get involved in our regional advisory committee.
We need passionate community members who can assist with awareness raising and advocacy, marketing and fundraising, and door to door campaigns in communities. If you are interested contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Become a friend or corporate friend of Alzheimer South Africa Gauteng
Individual Friends of ASA pay an annual fee of R150. (Benefits include regional newsletter, 10% reduction in fees for training, resource list, helpline and library services). If you join now your fees will be valid until February 2022.
Corporate Friends of ASA pay an annual fee of R500. (Benefits include regional newsletter, 10% reduction in fees for staff attending training, helpline, resource listing and library services). If you join now your fees will be valid until February 2022.
You have the option to sponsor specific services such as training, home-base care, counseling, vouchers for non-paying beneficiaries and stipends for community workers or for general operational cost. You can contribute with a once off donation or a monthly donation.
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Branch Code: 253705
Please email proof of payment to email@example.com.
A Section 18A tax certificate is available on request.
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Our Gauteng Team
January 2021 Newsletter
Newsletter January 2021
This newsletter covers Alzheimer’s SA Gauteng’s highlights over the last six months. If you would like to be added to our database to receive our bi-annual newsletter and information about upcoming events and trainings, please email Petro on firstname.lastname@example.org. Download and read the newsletter for more information.