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World Alzheimer's Day in Lamontville
Families talking about dementia on VUMA 103 FM
Living well with dementia
BMF - Dementia Champions
Community Care Givers receive dementia training
Relatives talk about their experiences at Izwi Lomzansi Radio Show
We are making a difference to people's lives
World Azheimer's Month
Support group meetings and training help carers to manage
At BMF, we work with people living with dementia, providing them with support in their homes. We also support elderly people with mental illness by referring them to appropriate services for help and treatment.
Dementia occurs when the brain is affected by a disease. It’s not a normal part of ageing and it affects everyone differently with a wide range of symptoms. These can include problems with memory, thinking, concentration and language. People may become confused or struggle with how they perceive things. Dementia can also cause changes in mood or emotions and affect how someone behaves. Dementia is progressive, which means that symptoms get worse over time. However, many people with dementia lead active and fulfilling lives for many years. (Alzheimer’s Society, UK)
Prospective clients, undergo an initial assessment for dementia. After that we refer them to hospitals for tests and formal diagnoses.
After diagnosis, clients come back to us for post diagnosis support. We work with them to come up with a care plan to address their needs.
We engage in dementia awareness activities in communities, schools, churches, at public events and with other service providers.
World Alzheimer's Day, the KZN MHA beachfront march, radio shows and workshops were some of the highlights of 2017. We expect more in 2018
BMF engages in a wide range of activities and some are captured on camera. Please visit our gallery and share some of these moments.
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