Karen was one of the founder members of Dementia South Africa (Dementia SA). Karen experienced the harsh reality of Alzheimer's disease after her mother, Joyce was diagnosed with the disease aged 62 - Joyce passed away 21 years after her diagnoses at the age of 83. Together with her Board and dedicated staff, Dementia SA strives to develop a social conscience around dementia in South Africa - acceptance of people with dementia, educating, creating awareness, facilitating training and providing support for families and carers organisation in South Africa. Karen and the Dementia SA team work tirelessly to have dementia (including Alzheimer's disease) accepted as a non-communicable disease, a health care priority in South Africa (through their campaign Dementia Needs Action Now!) and call for the protection of vulnerable and marginalized adults who find themselves at risk as a result of cognitive and memory impairment. Dementia SA together with a large academic tertiary institution, will shortly be embarking on ground-breaking research of dementia in South Africa.
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