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Profile and management of patients at a memory clinic

Sebastiana Zimba Kalula, Monica Ferreira, Kevin G F Thomas, Linda de Villiers, John A Joska, Leon N Geffen

Abstract


Increasing longevity and a growing older population are being accompanied by a higher prevalence of dementia and concomitant demand for care. In this connection, the University of Cape Town/Groote Schuur Hospital (UCT/GSH) Memory Clinic provides a valuable service to patients, families and health professionals. High levels of behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia need expert tertiary level assessment and management. Public education on dementia, early referral for assessment by primary care health professionals, and advanced training of health professionals are needed to encourage early recognition and appropriate management. Community-based care services too are needed to support caregivers of cognitively impaired older individuals.

Authors' affiliations

Sebastiana Zimba Kalula, University of Cape town

Monica Ferreira, University of Cape town

Kevin G F Thomas,

Linda de Villiers, University of Cape town

John A Joska,

Leon N Geffen,

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Keywords

Memory clinic; memory disorder; dementias; challenges; caregivers

Cite this article

South African Medical Journal 2010;100(7):449-451.

Article History

Date submitted: 2009-03-25
Date published: 2010-07-05

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