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A Facebook support group that aims to provide a safe and accessible space for individuals and families impacted by Alzheimer’s and dementia, to connect with each other and occupational therapists experienced in dementia care, has been launched by Livewell Villages, a dementia care facility in Cape Town and Joburg.
“With increasing numbers of South Africans enjoying internet access and some 18 million of us now active on social media according to the Digital in 2018 annual report, we believe that through embracing this technology we will be able to help more people to cope with the demands of caring for loved ones with dementia,” says Ivan Oosthuizen, CEO, Livewell. “We see a tremendous opportunity for providing support and advice for caregivers all over the country, if not the world, whenever they feel the need to connect through this innovative Facebook support group.”
Livewell Villages launched the free online Facebook support group to provide a space where people can engage with others who are involved in dementia care or caring for a loved one at home.
Livewell’s occupational therapists, who have experience in caring for people with dementia, provide expert commentary and feedback to supplement the participants’ discussions. The support group is proving popular, providing a platform where people can share their stories with others who are in a position to empathise with them, or exchange advice and encouragement.
People are able to interact on the subject of caring for a loved one with dementia, and hopefully feel a sense of comfort knowing they are not alone in their experiences.
To help protect the privacy of members, this is a closed group and people need to request access. To join, visit facebook.com/LivewellVillages.