Services and activities — Alzheimer's South Africa

By: Alzheimer's  11-11-2011
Keywords: Disease, Dementia, clinical diagnosis

We have support groups and/or services in these areas.  For more information, please phone the relevant regional office.  NB We urgently require more volunteer support group leaders.  Please contact us if you are interested in being a SGL.

  • Eastern Cape 041 371 4262

De Mist, East London, Grahamstown, Kwanobuhle, Port Elizabeth (Gelvan Park, Sunridge Park and Walmer), Uitenhage

Bethlehem, Bloemfontein,  Lapologang, Kroonstad, Parys, Welkom

Atteridgeville, Bedfordview, Benoni, Bosmont, Brooklyn, Bryanston, Centurion, Diepkloof, Eersterus, Geluksdal, Germiston, Honeydew, Kempton Park, Krugersdorp, Linden, Northcliff, Norwood, Randpark Ridge, Reiger Park, Sunninghill, The Hill, Vanderbijlpark, Waverley (Pretoria)

  • KwaZulu-Natal 031 702 4321

Amanzimtoti, Chesterville, Durban, Durban North, Hillcrest, Howick, Kwadabeka, Ladysmith, Lamontville, Malvern, Overport, Pietermaritzburg, Pinetown, Port Shepstone, Scottburgh, Umbilo

Modimolle, Mooketsi, Polokwane, Tzaneen

  • Mpumalanga 013 007 0089 or 083 265 1187

Botleng, Emalahleni, Nelspruit, Secunda, White River

Windhoek

  • Northern Cape 053 831 5815

De Aar, Kimberley, Springbok, Upington, Williston

  • North West 018 293 0678 x 21

Klerksdorp, Potchefstroom, Rustenburg, Schweizer-Reneke

  • Southern Cape 044 533 0132

George, Knysna, Mossel Bay, Oudtshoorn, Plettenberg Bay, Stilbaai

  • Western Cape 021 979 2724  

Cape Town City Bowl, Durbanville, Fish Hoek, Grassy Park, Hermanus, Lambert's Bay, Langebaan, Langeberg District, McGregor, Milnerton, Montagu, Moorreesburg, Parow, Robertson, Table View, Worcester, Wynberg

Harare 04 860166


Home carers and nursing agencies:  please contact your local office of the association if you are looking for a carer.  Alternatively, phone national office on 011 478 2234 or 0860 102 681 and ask for the helpline.


Book Catalogue

Clinical research, diagnosis and management of Alzheimer’s and dementia

Age power – how the 21st century will be ruled by the new old
Ken Dychtwald, PhD

Alzheimer’s disease – report of the secretary’s task force on Alzheimer’s disease
US Dept of Health and Human Services.  1984

Alzheimer’s disease:  the brain killer - when old age becomes a disease
World Health Organisation.  Dr C J Vas;  Dr S Rajkumar;  Dr Panas Tanyakitpisal;  Dr Vijay Chandra.  2001

Clinical diagnosis and management of Alzheimer’s disease
Edited by Serge Gauthier.  1996

Clinical diagnosis and management of Alzheimer’s disease – presentation pack
Edited by Serge Gauthier.  Martin Dunitz.  1996

Clinical diagnosis and management of Alzheimer’s disease, 2nd edition
Edited by Serge Gauthier.  Martin Dunitz.  1999

Decoding darkness – the search for the genetic causes of Alzheimer’s disease
Rudolph E Tanzi and Ann B Parson.  2000

Dementia care in Victoria – building a pathway to excellence.  Final report.
Ministerial Task Force on Dementia Services in Victoria, Australia.  1997

Handbook of dementia – psychological, neurological, and psychiatric perspectives
Edited by Peter A Lichtenberg;  Daniel L Murman;  Alan M Mellow.  2003

Mild cognitive impairment – aging to Alzheimer’s disease
Edited by Ronald C Petersen. 2003

The neuropsychiatry of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias
Edited by Jeffrey L Cummings, MD.  Contributions by Harry Vinters, MD, and Jenaro Felix, BS.  2003

The vanishing mind:  a practical guide to Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias
Leonard L Heston;  June A White. 1991

Weight loss and eating behaviour in Alzheimer’s patients
Edited by B Vellas;  S Riviere;  J Fitten.  1998  

Communicating

Alzheimer’s:  finding the words – a communication guide for those who care
Harriet Hodgson.  1995

Creating moments of joy – for the person with Alzheimer’s or dementia – a journal for caregivers
Jolene Brackey.  2000

Talking to Alzheimer’s:  simple ways to connect when you visit a family member or friend
Claudia J Strauss.  2001

Understanding and management of Alzheimer’s and dementia

Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias
Dr Gerry Bennett.  1996

Alzheimer’s disease - a guide for families
Lenore S Powell & Katie Courtice.  1983

Alzheimer’s:  finding the words – a communication guide for those who care
Harriet Hodgson.  1995

Another name for madness
Marion Roach.  1985

Caring – a family guide to managing the Alzheimer’s patient at home
Edward I Koch & Janet S Sainer.  1985

Caring for the person with dementia – a guide for families and other carers
Chris Lay &  Bob Woods.  1989

Living with dementia
John Riordan & Bob Whitmore.  1990

Management of dementia
Simon Lovestone & Serge Gauthier.  Martin Dunitz.  2001

Research advances in Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders
Edited by Khalid Iqbal et al.  1995

The 36-hour day – caring at home for confused elderly people
Nancy L Mace;  Peter V Rabins, MD;  Beverly A Castleton;  Christopher Cloke;  Evelyn McEwen.  1985

The best friends approach to Alzheimer’s care
Virginia Bell & David Troxel.  1997

The forgetting:  Alzheimer’s – portrait of an epidemic
David Shenk.  2002

The hidden victims of Alzheimer’s disease – families under stress
Steven H Zarit;  Nancy K Orr;  Judy M Zarit.  1985

The loss of self – a family resource for the care of Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders
Donna Cohen, PhD & Carl Eisdorfer, PhD MD.  1987

The vanishing mind:  a practical guide to Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias
Leonard L Heston & June A White. 1991

Understanding difficult behaviours – some practical suggestions for coping with Alzheimer’s disease and related illnesses
Anne Robinson;  Beth Spencer;  Laurie White.  1989

Activities and daily care for caregivers

Caring – a family guide to managing the Alzheimer’s patient at home
Edward I Koch & Janet S Sainer.  1985

Geria tricks – a handbook of ideas for frail care centre programme facilitators
Sheila Douthwaite.  2004

Talking to Alzheimer’s:  simple ways to connect when you visit a family member or friend
Claudia J Strauss.  2001

The best friends approach to Alzheimer’s care
Virginia Bell & David Troxel.  1997

Understanding difficult behaviours – some practical suggestions for coping with Alzheimer’s disease and related illnesses
Anne Robinson;  Beth Spencer;  Laurie White.  1989

Carer experiences (narratives)

Alzheimer's with love
Beth Shirley Brough.  1998

Another name for madness
Marion Roach.  1985

Decoding darkness – the search for the genetic causes of Alzheimer’s disease
Rudolph E Tanzi and Ann B Parson.  2000

Elder rage, or, Take my father … please!  How to survive caring for aging parents
Jacqueline Marcell.  2001

Iris – a memoir of Iris Murdoch
John Bayley.  Abacus.  1999

Such a long goodbye:  a daughter’s outpouring of emotion as her father battles Alzheimer’s (20 poems)
Sandy Offenheim.  2004

Understanding memory

Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias
Dr Gerry Bennett.  1996

Thanks for the memory – your guide to memory and how it works
Edited by Steven Rose;  written by Susan Aldridge.  1998

Nursing and dementia

Better care for people with Alzheimer’s – a practice manual for day centres
Compiled by Franceska Jordan.  1994

Care of Alzheimer’s patients – a manual for nursing home staff
Lisa P Gwynther, ACSW.  1985

Dancing as a nursing intervention in the care of persons with dementia
Liisa Palo-Bengtsson

Inkontinenz in der häuslichen Versorgung Demenzkranker – Informationen und Tipps bei Blasen- und Darmschwäche
Daniela Hayder, Erika Sirsch

State of the art in dementia care
Edited by Mary Marshall.  1997

The 36-hour day – caring at home for confused elderly people
Nancy L Mace;  Peter V Rabins, MD;  Beverly A Castleton;  Christopher Cloke;  Evelyn McEwen.  1985

Weight loss and eating behaviour in Alzheimer’s patients
Edited by B Vellas;  S Riviere;  J Fitten.  1998

Early stages

A view from within – living with early onset Alzheimer’s
Thaddeus M Raushi, PhD.  2001

Courage  to care – a caregiver’s guide through each stage of Alzheimer’s
Joanne Parrent.  2001

Developing support groups for individuals with early stage Alzheimer’s disease – planning, implementation and evaluation
Robyn Yale.  1995

Losing my mind – an intimate look at life with Alzheimer’s
Thomas deBaggio.  2002

Personal experiences (autobiographies/narratives)


A view from within – living with early onset Alzheimer’s
Thaddeus M Raushi, PhD.  2001


Losing  my mind – an intimate look at life with Alzheimer’s
Thomas deBaggio.  2002


We have a small selection of books and leaflets for sale:

A caregiver's guide to dementia.  Published by Alzheimer's SA, this booklet covers all the basics:  diagnosis, types of dementia and understanding and managing the dementia. 

A basic guide for nurses and caregivers.  This book has a wealth of practical advice on physically caring for and nursing someone with Alzheimer’s/dementia

Dementia – Alzheimer’s and other dementias.   Internationally acclaimed, this book includes medically accurate information, practical advice regarding daily problems, ways to deal with difficult behaviour, answers to questions you may feel uneasy asking, and legal and financial advice.

Demensie – riglyne vir gesinne en ander versorgers.  Eenvoudig geskryf en maklik om te verstaan, hierdie boek is van onskatbare waarde, vol inligting en praktiese advies oor die daaglikse uitdaging wat Alzheimer’s/demensie meebring.

Manual:  Practical help - increasing your knowledge about managing Alzheimer’s/dementia.  This is full of practical advice on how to cope with progressive, deteriorative elements of Alzheimer’s/dementia.  It comprises the following:  Frequently asked questions about Alzheimer’s disease, Talking to the person with dementia, Keeping the home safe, Wandering, Dressing, Eating, Supporting the person with dementia who is living alone, Activities (keeping the person busy), Washing and bathing, Incontinence, Pressure sores, Moving and lifting, Problem behaviour, Aggressive behaviour, Sexual difficulties, Using medicines, What if I have dementia?, Telling the children, Loss and bereavement, Dealing with guilt, Choosing a long-term care facility.  Ook in Afrikaans beskikbaar

Understanding Alzheimer’s (“The new science of Alzheimer’s”):  Time magazine article

Legal implications of increasing adult incapability, by Prof J C Bekker

We keep lists of care homes in some areas, but please note that the first place to look is right here on our website, where we list our affiliate members.  If you use the yellow Search button, type Home in the first empty block and press Enter, you will find that list, as well as a useful checklist called 'Choosing a suitable home'.

Keywords: clinical diagnosis, Dementia, Disease