Caregivers 10 May 2013 / Doctors 10 & 11 May 2013

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South African Geriatrics SocietySouth African Society of PsychiatristsAlzheimer's South AfricaDementia South Africa
Hosted by the South African Geriatrics Society (SAGS) and Alzheimer's South Africa in partnership with Dementia SA, the South African Society of Psychiatrists (SASOP) and Alzheimer's Disease International (ADI)

About the Conference

The Africa Alzheimer's Congress has been created to provide education, information, conversation, and inspiration about Alzheimer's and other memory related diseases.

Learn about everything related to the disease and the social factors that influence the health and wellbeing of communities.

Leave with important connections and an enlightened approach and the knowledge to enrich the community that you work in.

Don't miss your chance to be a part of the conversation!

Why you should be putting this congress in your diary:

  • Offer your patients knowledgeable advice about what is happening to their parent / partner?
  • Obama, Sarkozy and David Cameron Dow are paying attention to Alzheimer’s due to the high cost of the disease to their countries, we should be paying attention to what it is doing to Africa
  • CPD accreditation will be given
  • Alzheimer’s is considered to be as big a disease as HIV and Cancer by the UK
  • Our speakers will talk about the A – Z of Alzheimers

Who should attend?

General Practitioners Occupational Therapists
Geriatricians Retirement Homes
Endocrinologists Nurses
Neurologists Accociations
Psychiatrists Non-medical interested parties
Psychologists  

Welcome from the Chairman

Dear Doctors and Care Givers

It is our great pleasure to invite you to the 1st Africa Alzheimer Congress which will run from 10- 11 May 2013 at the Indaba Hotel in Fourways. This event is being hosted by the South African Geriatrics Society (SAGS) and  Alzheimer’s South Africa in partnership with Dementia SA, South African Society of Psychiatrists (SASOP).   Dr Stan Lipschitz is the Chairperson of the Scientific Committee..

Alzheimer’s and Dementia disease is one of the most important health challenges worldwide, for this reason the organisers our proud to bring together current leaders, offering a forum for new ideas, future research and subsequently for treatment and prevention options.

There are over one hundred kinds of dementia but approximately 60% are due to Alzheimer’s disease; 28% are associated with vascular causes. The remaining causes include infections, trauma – think boxers, and other diseases like Parkinson’s disease. The staggering fact is that one new case is diagnosed every four seconds, so that by 2050 it is estimated that there will be 115 million people living with dementia worldwide!

We are proud to present our provisional program which will focus on " BPSD & medical treatment, care resilience & strength; care mapping; drug therapy in dementia; overall prevention; and treatment and care. 

We warmly welcome all to enjoy this inspirational scientific event in May 2013.

Joburg, 29 May 2012 
Dr Stanley Lipschitz
Chairman

"There is no substitute for the love of an Alzheimer's caregiver." ~ Bob DeMarc Brain Gears
   

Congress Details

Venue: Indaba Hotel, Johannesburg
Date: Caregivers 10 May 2013 / Doctors 10 & 11 May 2013
Who: GP's, Gerontologists, Endocrinologists, Psychiatrists, Psychologists, Occupational Therapists, Retirement Homes, Nurses, Associations, Non-medical interested parties

2nd Announcement

I am delighted to welcome you to the 2nd Africa Regional Conference of Alzheimer's Disease International.

As the global federation of more than 75 Alzheimer associations worldwide, Alzheimer's Disease International (ADI) is keen to promote the inclusion of dementia in global health policy. In 2010, there were 35.6 million people worldwide living with dementia at a cost of $604 billion to the global economy. These figures are set to increase at an alarming rate and we support the creation of national dementia plans that attempt to address these rising numbers.

In South Africa, we know that a lot more work needs to be done in the field of dementia awareness and care. Like elsewhere in Africa, people are living longer, resulting in an increase in numbers of people with dementia. Events like this will certainly help in creating more advocates both in the care and medical fields. This, in turn, will play a big role in improving the lives of people with dementia and their carers throughout Africa.

We are pleased to be working alongside South Africa's most respectable organisations in dementia and ageing to bring this exciting conference together. We do hope that you will join us in May for what promises to be an enlightening and memorable event.


Dr Jacob Roy Kuriakose
Chairman

Alzheimer's Disease International

 

 

 

Alzheimers Ambassadors

We in South Africa are privileged to have the following Ambassadors for Alzheimer’s.  This has come about as a result of these people having a family member affected by Alzheimers and as a result needing to spread the awareness and education around this dreadful disease.

Chad Meihuizen

 

Brandon October

Chad Meihuizen

Chad, “Last year my father passed away. In the end he suffered more than any person deserves. He had Alzheimer’s and his deterioration into dementia was quick and incredibly painful. My father spent the last six weeks of his life in hospital and I was by his side every one of those days. My inability to help him through it was the most heart-breaking part. As I struggled to come to terms with his death, I began to look for positive ways to deal with the loss of my father.

 

Brandon October to put spotlight on dementia as new Ambassador for Alzheimer's South Africa.

I first experienced Alzheimer’s as a young man in 1995 when a great-uncle was diagnosed with the disease. Later on my paternal grandmother and my maternal grandfather too were diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. I saw first-hand how they were robbed of their minds, their families and themselves.

It was then that I approached Alzheimer’s South Africa to act as an ambassador for their cause. Initially I pledged 10 percent of my income, but then I decided to put my best foot forward… literally.

Over the next three years I will dedicate my time to running. The goal is to run two multi-stage marathons a year as I look to generate as much exposure and understanding of the Alzheimer’s disease as possible.

It will be difficult, it will be painful and it will be emotional, but ultimately I know that it will be worth it."
  I am committed to helping the Alzheimer's Society in any way I can but I can't do it alone. I need your help. Together, we can do much more.

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