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Respite care for those living with dementia provides invaluable support to familiesAs many caregivers are aware, looking after someone with dementia in the home environment can be demanding, particularly when dementia has reached a more advanced stage. 4 Nov 2020 Read more

Caring for someone with Alzheimer's? Here's how to prioritise your own mental healthCaregivers who take care of loved ones who have dementia or a memory disorder are most at risk of developing compassion fatigue or depression. They face the overwhelming emotions that come from watching as their loved ones' disease progresses every day. The fatigue and exhaustion of round the clock dementia care, coupled with increased isolation during a pandemic, all add up. 2 Nov 2020 Read more

A son and daughter share their experience of having a parent diagnosed with dementiaA dementia diagnosis affects the whole family, not just the patient; family members of a Livewell resident speak out about what they have experienced. 17 Jul 2020 Read more

Of love and loss: when your partner has dementia"He will always be my husband. It's the disease that has taken so much away from me," says Glynis Williams. "Richard," she continues, "is still Richard." 22 Jun 2020 Read more

Caregivers must take care of their own mental health during the Covid-19 lockdown or risk burnout. Here's how...South Africans - and around a quarter of the world's population - are now weeks into lockdown or 'shelter at home' decrees, as the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) continues to make its devastating mark on the world. For carers of people living with dementia, the lockdown means being the primary (or sole) caregiver around the clock - piling stressor on top of existing stressors and making burnout an ever more imminent threat. 10 Jun 2020 Read more

Grandparents with dementia: helping kids engage with kindness and careMany children enjoy a particularly special bond with their grandparents. If they are lucky enough to have them, grandparents are a valuable outer ring of the nuclear family. They are often able to offer the best elements of parenting (such as love, support, attention and the occasional treat) with fewer of the downsides (such as being the disciplinarian who must ensure homework is done and rooms are cleaned). 7 May 2020 Read more

Livewell launches rebranding campaign, aiming to identify the need for specialised dementia care in South AfricaHighlighting the need for specialised dementia care in South Africa, with their staff at the heart of their new campaign, Livewell rebrands. 7 Apr 2020 Read more

Quality of Life Manager, Sean van Wyk, speaks about long term care for a dementia patientCaring for a loved one with dementia poses many challenges for families and caregivers. 16 Mar 2020 Read more

Marike Coetzee, Occupational Therapist at Livewell, chats about dementia daycareMarike Coetzee studied Occupational Therapy at the University of Stellenbosch. She graduated in 2012 and has been involved in the elderly care sector for 4 years. 2 Mar 2020 Read more

5 signs that your loved one needs memory careDementia progresses differently for every person, as no two dementia cases are the same. Often it is the people closest to those who have dementia that picks up the signs that it might be time to consider specialised memory care. 28 Feb 2020 Read more

A Mediterranean-style diet can play a protective role against cognitive declineDementia affects 5.8 million people in the United States alone, according to the Alzheimer's Association, so there is a lot of research being focused on finding preventative measures and pinpointing contributing factors of this disease. 26 Feb 2020 Read more

Forget me not - being there for your spouse with memory lossFebruary is the month of love, Valentine's Day sees many partners spending the day together reminiscing over past memories and cherishing moments they want to remember forever. Our thoughts turn to those loving partners and spouses who care for someone living with dementia or Alzheimer's disease. 10 Feb 2020 Read more