Dementia can have such a profound impact on so many families.
Capetonian Dr Alice Ashwell created Dementia Connections SA to provide support and coaching to those who love and care for people living with dementia.
Dr Ashwell, an educator and life coach, says the organisation was founded in memory of her mother, Elizabeth, who lived with dementia for about 15 years.
Dr Ashwell opened up about her personal experience and what role her initiative plays in spreading awareness.
I think for most of us who experience this condition, it's the early stages that are particularly troubling... the sudden realisation that things are deteriorating rapidly.— Dr Alice Ashwell, Founder at Dementia Connections SA
There are very irritating bits about dementia - the continual repetition, the forgetfulness, and so forth. It can be very irritating if you don't understand what it's about.— Dr Alice Ashwell, Founder at Dementia Connections SA
Dementia is such a journey of loss, and we often get stuck on just seeing the losses, but there are actually many things that remain and things that become revealed.— Dr Alice Ashwell, Founder at Dementia Connections SA
She shares useful advice on how to better care for people living with dementia.
Listen to the insightful discussion on The Pippa Hudson Show: