Associate Professor Marguerite Schneider, Roxanne Jacobs, University of Cape Town; Dr Rayne Stroebel, GERATEC; Siphokazi Sompeta, Ikamva Labantu

Monday 16–Tuesday 17 January

11.15 am


Dementia is major cause of disability amongst older persons worldwide, with those sixty-five years and older being most at risk. With a worldwide increase in longevity and aging populations, dementia is expected to increase, becoming a global public health concern especially for low- and middle-income countries where poor service provision, health systems and care systems are threatening the quality of life for persons living with dementia and their families. In the first lecture we present findings from the recent study – Strengthening responses to dementia in developing countries – that provide a macro perspective of the current situation of dementia care in South Africa. We contextualise these South African findings within a global context. The second lecture takes a more practical and individual person approach where we consider cultural aspects, well-being in dementia, communication strategies and seeing the person behind the diagnosis.

Lecture titles

1. Dementia care

2. Understanding the person living with dementia

Recommended reading

Jacobs, R. et al. 2022. ‘Stigma and its implications for dementia in South Africa: A multi-stakeholder exploratory study’. Ageing & Society. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0144686X2200040X

Farina, N. et al. 2022. ‘Description of the cross-cultural process adopted in the STRIDE (Strengthening Responses to dementia in Developing countries) program: A methodological overview’. Diagnosis, Assessment & Disease Monitoring. https://doi.org/10.1002/dad2.12293

De Jager, C., Msemburi, W., Pepper, K. and Combrinck, M. 2017. Dementia Prevalence in a Rural Region of South Africa: A Cross-Sectional Community Study. Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, 60(3), 1087–96.

De Vries, K. 2013. Communicating with older people with dementia. Nursing Older People. 25(4), 30–37.

Rahman, S. and Swaffer, K. 2018. Assets-based approaches and dementia-friendly communities. Dementia, 17(2), 131–137. https://doi.org/10.1177/1471301217751533

4. Participants will earn 2 CPD points for this course.