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KZN Region managed to obtain 8 CPD points for our 2 day ‘Caring for the person with dementia’ training which is presently being conducted with Social Workers from DOSD:  

25th and 26th May – Social Workers from Ilembe district at Mandini Service Office

20th and 21st June – Social Workers from Ethekwini South at BP Service Centre

26th and 27th June – Social Workers from Ethekwini North at BP Service Centre



Alzheimer's patients often like to feel or stroke different textures and fabrics. When they are agitated or nervous it may help to give them something to hold. Many patients hold a soft toy and some may continously fold a tissue or piece of paper. Activity aprons are proving to be a great success and we encourage carers to have one of these at hand. We have found that the aprons give patients endless hours of pleasure, particularly when they are feeling restless. One of our Alzheimer's KZN volunteers is making aprons with different textures, buttons, zips and nick-knacks which will keep patients' hands busy. The aprons are selling for R100 each and the money is donated to our local office. Please contact Elena if you would like to purchase one on 031 702 4321 or 

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Alzheimer's KZN has partnered with the office of the Premier, the Department of Health and the Department of Social Development to conduct capacity sessions throughout the province on universal benefits and mental health issues that elderly people are facing. So far we have visited Newcastle, Mandeni, Gamalakhe, Umgungundlovu and Ethekwini. We have six events still to do and then all eleven districts will have been covered.

We were invited by an organization called Snowy Kilimanjaro Foundation to create awareness in the community of Maqongqo, which is deep in the rural areas of PMB. Approximately 300 people attended the event.

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Above is the poster that was presented by our project leader at the International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics conference in Dublin Ireland which took place 23 - 26 April 2015.

 Through the support of the DG Murray trust in September 2015 we will begin the training for the Department of Health as part of our 'Dementia Training roll-out for the protection of the elderly in KZN'.


  •  The Pietermaritzburg branch is now open on Wednesdays and Fridays from 08h00 - 15h30 and offers counselling, awareness talks, dementia training and a support group. Our social worker Kim Hellberg can be contacted on 033-396 1011 or .


  • KwaZulu-Natal offers the following services:

Our social worker, Elena Hattingh, offers a professional counselling service, by phone, office interview or home visits. Part of her task is to assist family members to manage the difficult task of planning for or caring for a person with dementia
Support groups
We have 15 support groups across KZN for people caring for someone with dementia. They meet monthly.
Community Development
Our KwaNgcolosi office is run by Gloria Ngcobo, who is responsible for creating awareness of dementia, and visiting schools, clinics, pension payout points and community members affected by dementia.
Upper and Lower Molweni:
Nokuthula Zindela is stationed at our Pinetown office and is responsible for our outreach programme in the Upper and Lower Molweni areas as well as the Shongweni dam area. She visits clinics and schools, as well as people affected by dementia. Ms Zindela also deals with most Zulu-language referrals from other areas. Ms Zindela is also doing awareness talks to staff and community based care-givers at the various municipal clinincs in Pinetown.
Dementia care training
We offer 4 day as well as 2 day 'Caring for the person with dementia' to various groups of people working in the field of the aged. For information on our training please contact the office on the number below.
Gloria and Nokuthula are all involved in our Schools Project, creating awareness among the youth by means of talks, role-plays and presentations.
Talent Mabasa is responsible for all Zulu-medium articles, radio talks and interviews. He is also involved in an advocacy coalition group on the rights of Older Persons.

Resources centres

Mbango Valley in Port Shepstone.

Juana Maria Old Age Home in Ladysmith.

Greendale House in Howick.

We have established a new resource centre in Eshowe.
These centres provide counselling, information brochures and pamphlets in English, Afrikaans and isiZulu.

Sara Benade 031 702 4321 Visit our Facebook page – Alzheimer's SA KZN!/groups/376353022405832/