Chairperson and Treasurer: Joseph Andrew Klassen

Josepha Klassen is our Chairperson and Treasurer of the DementiaSA board. He resides in Athlone in the Western Cape. Joseph worked in stationery during his working life, gaining business and logistics experience.Joseph was first exposed to the reality of dementia when his mother in law was diagnosed in 2002. In 2003, Joseph met Karen at the Rehoboth Exchange care facility in Hanover Park.

Karen was then co-ordinating the Hanover Park support group for DementiaSA, which Joseph joined and became coordinator of in 2003. He joined the Board of DementiaSA in 2005. Joseph says: “I am happy to be part of the Board due to the commitment of each member. I am encouraged by their knowledge, principles and perseverance.”