On Diagnosis

Everyone experiences dementia in his or her own, individual way. You may find that some of the information given here is not relevant to your needs. The person you are caring for may never become incontinent, for example, or may not lose his or her appetite.

The information provided can be of use to people who are newly diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and to the people caring for them.

You may also find that the dementia does not progress along the lines of the early, middle and late stages outlined. No two cases of dementia are ever the same. The best way to use this information is to ‘pick and mix’ – choose the sections that are relevant now and come back to the website in future, when you may need more advice.

Another organisation that can assist is DASN (Dementia Advocacy and Support Network International). This is a worldwide organisation by and for those diagnosed with dementia, people working together to improve the quality of their lives: www.dasninternational.org

If someone in your family has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, there are some things you should start to consider.

Choosing a suitable home

This worksheet acts as a simple guideline for people considering admission to a retirement home or to a frail care centre for either themselves or someone they love and care for. Emphasis is on the practical considerations. You are, however, encouraged to look at the...

Prevalence of dementia

Higher than expected prevalence: report on a recent University of the Free State study funded by our research fund. See http://www.ufs.ac.za/templates/archive.aspx?news=1871&cat=1. If you have a problem activating the link, go to www.ufs.ac.za , scroll down to...


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