Dementia SA’s vision is of a South Africa where Dementia is recognized and acknowledged using person centered principles with respect and dignity for all affected.
As the leading South African NGO authority on all forms of dementia, Dementia SA strives to minimize the impact that dementia has on individuals, families and communities. Dementia SA is the leading provider of awareness, information, education and support services to all those affected by dementia. It vigorously advocates the rights and dignity of those living with dementia. All services are supported by ongoing research. Dementia SA is committed to upholding the dignity of all persons affected by dementia and places premium on providing services in under-developed areas. It is at the forefront of improving quality of life of those living with dementia and those who care for them.
Globally, dementia is deemed as the 6th biggest killer, but is the only one not life-style related. Dementia is progressive and terminal and person's with dementia develop severe disability which can last for over two decades. There are over 100 types of dementia, of which Alzheimer's disease and vascular dementia are the most common forms.