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Let's discuss ageing, dementia, death & dying

My journey with ageing started at a very young age when my mother became the matron of the local care home in Heidelberg on the Garden Route, our home town. At this vulnerable and impressionable age, I became aware of death, dementia, and ageing as my mother transformed the institutional setting, trying to create a home for everyone. I never found the care home depressing as there was lots of laughter, light, fresh flowers, a beautiful garden, and always the smell of home-cooked food in the passages. I never thought that one day I would have a career in ageing…

At the age of 45, I decided to start studying again and enrolled for a bridging course in Dementia Studies which would give me access to their Master’s program. At 50 I obtained my MSc in Dementia Studies, and after a break of one year I started my PhD, which I obtained in August 2022. I offer consultation services to people diagnosed with dementia and their families, as well as to care providers and organisations.

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​I f​ounded GERATEC (Gerontological Research, Training, Education​,​ and Caring) ​​in 1996 to ​provide support services to older people in long-term care and in the community. Our values of integrity, respect, compassion​,​ and innovation drive our business.


I brought The Eden Alternative philosophy to South Africa in ​2010 in ​an effort to create a life worth living for older people in care homes and retirement villages. Through educational workshops, The Eden Alternative encourages organisation​al​, personal​,​ and physical transformation.


We have to change our minds about people whose minds have changed.