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Romary 3rd Feb 2017

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Good Afternoon,

I live in the Western Cape, South Africa and we have a very active Alzheimer Support Group in our city. Our members are people who have either supported an Alzheimer spouse or client in the past, or are supporting one or more at present. Some, like myself, have been touched by Alzheimer. My darling sister-in-law had Alzheimer's and a very good friend of mine was diagnosed with early Alzheimer's some years ago.

I am one of the facilitators of our group and our group year begins next month with monthly meetings after a 2-month break. Alternate meetings we arrange a speaker on a particular relevant subject and on the months in between we have a more relaxed meeting where carers or visitors can ask questions or express views. We have a clear understanding that what is said in these meetings is confidential, so many folk will open up their hearts.

In the past we have had speakers on Communicating with a client/spouse; Healthy foods suitable for the person; An Occupational Therapist; Lawyers on legal implications when the client can no longer see to the finances; A visit to an Alzheimer Care facility; a Doctor advising on Ageing with Dignity; a visit to a local research facility who have helped many of the people diagnosed with this disease;

We are planning new subjects for this coming year and I was wondering if you had ideas about something different we could arrange a discussion on or about. Alzheimer Disease is much the same throughout the world and the difficulties that come with it would be much the same.

Thank you for sending your newsletter. I am finding it most enjoyable.
Mrs Romary Wegerle.
Solange 5th Feb 2017
Hi Romary, thank you for your input. Here is a small list of subjects for discussion/guest-speakers to think about. Best wishes.
1. Motivational speakers (the benefits of having a hobby or pursuing leisure activities)
2. Training and development (Internet Games, IPad, IPhone, E-mail)
3. Life Balance speakers (Exercises, Tai Chi, Yoga, Lumosity – brain games)
4. Health issues (Depression, Health supplements, Arthritis.)

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