With staff settled comfortably in their new offices in Roeland Street, and with an inspiring view of Table Mountain tapering down almost to the street, DementiaSA moved confidently into 2018.
Success came early in the year, with DementiaSA releasing its first television advert pro-bono by MC Saatchi & Abel. Enabling us to reach people all over South Africa because DSTV partnered with us we were able to reach loads of people on various channels. We thank the producers and Kayli Levetan for spearheading this. Our sincere thanks to George Du Plooy and his daughter Yolanda Du Plooy from our Hanover Park support group for bravely telling of their experiences in caring for Edna who lives with dementia. We salute you.
We received another boost when MC Saatchi & Abel assisted us with a pro-bono radio advert for Valentine’s Day.This allowed us the opportunity to approach the local radio stations, and it was received in a great way. Radio stations that aired our advert included GHFM, CCFM, Bush Radio, Radio Veritas South Africa, The Good News, Radio KC 107, Radio Riverside, MFM 92.6 – Move To The Music, and 939.com.
DementiaSA continued its vigorous promotional campaign with lots of media coverage. In particular, it allowed Karen Borochowitz to tell her story on air, as many radio stations wanted to know more about DementiaSA and what it does.
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This year we were able to do 23 awareness talks all over Cape Town and aim to increase this with your help. If you would like us to attend an event or social group, or you would like us to do a presentation for your senior club, church group or any social club, we would be happy to come and tell you about DementiaSA and the work we do, please contact Nicole at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 086 636 670.
Three new support groups have been started this year in Strandfontein, Plumstead and Somerset West. If you would like to start a group in your area or join one, please contact Marilyn on 021-421-0077/78 or email email@example.com
A total of 210 people have been trained this year. We aim to reach more in 2019 and need your help to do so. If you know any nurses or family members who are caring for people with dementia, share the link below to inform them about our upcoming training. We offer our training throughout South Africa, all we require is a viable number of attendees and upfront in payment. DementiaSA training.
DementiaSA has had the opportunity to be a part of various events such as Dementia Assessment Tool workshop held at Stikland Hospital, 21st National Family Practitioners Congress, and Ride the Mind event held at PlumsteadRusoord. These events gave us the unique opportunity to inform community members about dementia and introduce the service of DementiaSA.
Please let us know if you have any events you would like us to be part of, or if you would like information and advice sheets to distribute about the dementia disease.