DementiaSA Covid-19 announcement: 19 March 2020

DementiaSA acknowledges the severity of the Covid-19 outbreak worldwide and in South Africa. We are also acutely aware of the impact that this places on the aged, care-givers and health care providers, of all forms and people living with dementia. With this in mind our helpline remains open 24/7, nationwide:

0860 636 679 |

For the foreseeable future, our offices will be closed to the general public and we will not be making home visits or receiving families at the office. We will not be conducting training until further notice.

Please contact your support group leader for information specific to your support group. You can find their details here.

With support in mind, we have compiled some resources about the pandemic:

For up to date information on the pandemic in South Africa, please refer to the National Institute of Communicable Diseases.

For information specific to people living with dementia, we recommend this article.

Information specifically for care facilities.

Please also follow DementiaSA on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for more updates, support and information.

The National General Public Hotline for the outbreak is 0800 029 999

And in the words of our president, Cyril Ramaphosa on 15 March 2020:

“This epidemic will pass. But it is up to us to determine how long it will last, how damaging it will be, and how long it will take our economy and our country to recover. It is true that we are facing a grave emergency. But if we act together, if we act now, and if we act decisively, we will overcome it.”