In September we mainly focused on our people. Our family. But who takes care of them?
Auguste – our first class manager
A couple of towns in Namibia really went purple in September for Alzheimer’s month.
On the 12th September, Grootfontein had its yearly festival and even here they went purple with a Remember Me float!
On the 21st September the Purple Fig Bistro in Grootfontein did their part by selling gorgeous purple cupcakes!
The Ladies from the Ester Group in Grootfontein spreading the good news!
Well done Grootfontein! If you live in a Namibian town that went purple, let us know!
Linda has Dementia with Lewy Body. This is a dementia that is often misdiagnosed as Parkinson’s Disease as they share a lot of similar symptoms.
Linda absolutely loves visitors and to touch them. She used to whistle quite often and even now you can see she still tries to do so.
Today I want to introduce you to Elrine Els and her family.
The first time I met her daughter, Elmarine, she told me that she and her mother was doing shopping when her mother stopped and looked very frightened. She said she smelled something burning. And asked why Elmarine couldn’t not smell it?!
This is what we call an olfactory hallucination.
Now imagine this; you are an elderly with dementia in an old age home. You smell something burning and you are becoming increasing scared. The nurses lock you in your room until they have time for you. They know you cannot come out because you have forgotten how to open the door!
Oom (Uncle) Christo Laubscher is a well known farmer in Namibia. Oom Christo’s wife wrote: ” He lost his interest in farming….'” after 42 years of farming with Christo in Namibia, Annetjie concludes: “… his chair is empty.”
Oom Christo and his dog.
Together with friends and family.
Annatjie and Oom Christo’s beloved dog.
All that is left for this incredible family is a very long and sad goodbye of a father called Christo.
On the 10th September was another small ‘step’ for women but a huge leap for people living with dementia in Africa when Susanne Spittle from Berlin did a presentation on Dementia in Africa titled: “I lost my mind – am I a witch?’
In this way, Ndjinaa was remembered when delegates from all over the world gathered at the Global Conference of Human Rights and Dementia and watched Susanne’s presentation and photos of Ndjinaa in and out of chains in 2012.
Thank you Susanne! You kept your promise after our two weeks of research in the Zambezi and Kavango last year. You said you would tell the world – and you did! Thank you!
ADN salutes you! May the Ndjinaa’s of Africa rejoice because the ‘night of darkness’ is starting to fade i the Rays of the rising sun of freedom.
On Friday 4th September 2015, Namib Primary School in Swakopmund baked purple cup cakes to raise funds & awareness for Alzheimer’s Dementia Namibia.
Hein’s wife, Anette is a teacher at Namib Primary and decided to use the month of September to educate the grade 6 & 7 students about Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.
Thank you Anette for your valuable input!
Today we remember Hein who has Frontal Temporal Dementia.
This means Hein only hears the first 2/3 words of a sentence and then he hears nothing. So a sentence sounds like this to Hein: “Hein please lay blah blah blah blah…” You get the picture…
Hospitals are very scary places to people with dementia. They don’t understand all the pipes that they they need after an operation and will more often than not, pull the pipes out.
So, for me Berrie, to take Hein to doctor is a big occasion. But Dr Dodd is a very special person. And so I arrived with Hein at the doctor’s rooms. True to his identity, Hein circled the rooms investigating every corner with his sweets and chips close at hand.
Doctor Dodd had to examine Hein while standing. (No sitting for Hein!) It turns out Hein has a hernia. Luckily he only needs treatment and not an operation. So we are sent to Danette, a wonderful orthopedic assistant who treats and helps Hein with a great deal of patience and love.