'We need to learn to step into the world of someone with dementia'

Primedia digital sub-editor and producer Barbara Friedman spoke to CapeTalk's Pippa Hudson about a new podcast series in the works.

The first episode will focus on dementia and Alzheimer's disease in particular.

Dr Julie Etellin is the first doctor to qualify in the groundbreaking Bredesen protocol developed by American, Dr Dale Bredesen.

Until recently it was believed there was little to no hope in reversing or arresting the disease. But the Bredeson Protocol has changed this view.

Dr Etellin says her large geriatric practice in Sea Point inspired her to find alternatives to dealing with dementia, and even in this short space of time, she has already had positive results.

She says it is a lifestyle disease and believes by 2050, 50% of the world will have some form of dementia.

The new research understands the build-up of amyloid plaques, one of the hallmarks of Alzheimer's disease, as the body's defence reaction to three major threats - toxins, hormone imbalances, and vitamin deficiencies.

She focuses on the importance of getting enough sleep, proper nutrition, exercising and reducing stress levels

Alice Ashwell is an educator. After walking a long journey with her mother suffering from dementia, Alice became committed to helping caregivers understand the disease and work positively with loved ones.

She now runs Dementia Connections, insightful and sensitive workshops that help loved ones and caregivers communicate with those suffering from the disease. Have a look at her Dementia Connections Facebook page and see what she offers.

We need to step into the world of someone with dementia.

Alice Ashwell, Dementia Connections

If you are interested in receiving the podcast or have any suggestions email Barbara on barbaraf@primedia.co.za

Take a listen below to a taste of the podcast that will be released in February:


This article first appeared on CapeTalk : 'We need to learn to step into the world of someone with dementia'


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