5 Langa Place, Lamontville, Durban, 4027, South Africa
+27 71 451 7551

Unravelling the mysteries of dementia

and making an impact  on the lives of people with dementia in South Africa

Our aim

The Bessie Makatini Foundation is dedicated to enhancing the well-being of individuals affected by dementia.

Our mission centres around improving the quality of life for those living with dementia and ensuring that their care-givers and loved ones receive the necessary support. 

BMF plays a vital role in assisting both individuals and families as they confront the complexities associated with a dementia diagnosis. This support is invaluable in guiding people through the challenging journey, offering resources, understanding and practical assistance. 

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Our main services

Raising dementia awareness

We raise dementia awareness in the community through talks and presentations at schools, churches, clinics, local government agencies, and other organisations that work with the elderly. 

Screening for dementia 

We screen clients for dementia and refer those with symptoms to hospitals for a formal diagnosis. Those whose diagnosis is not dementia are referred to relevant agencies. 

Post diagnostic support

We offer support to people with dementia as well as their families and carers from the outset. This assistance continues throughout diagnostic process and beyond

Your needs are our priority

We support the whole family

and we are together with you in every step

How We Can Help…

If you, a relative or someone you know are showing the following symptoms, contact us for a confidential talk.  

At BMF we will screen for dementia. Exhibiting these symptoms does not necessarily mean that one has dementia. We will refer you to hospital for a formal diagnosis and support your family throughout the process. Just a few of the symptoms are listed below

  • Forgetfulness
  • Personality changes
  • Mood swings
  • Getting lost easily
  • Frequent falls
  • Hallucinations
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