Missing scare from senior citizen with dementia

2019-10-22 06:00
Community members were asked to be on the lookout for Carolus Brown (76), who has been found and returned home to his family.

Community members were asked to be on the lookout for Carolus Brown (76), who has been found and returned home to his family.

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An elderly Ottery citizen suffering from dementia went missing on Saturday 12 October, only to be found at the Wynberg bridge the next day in the early hours of the morning.

Carolus Brown (76) had last been seen at around 15:00 on Saturday wearing blue jeans and a long-sleeve blue striped golf sweater with slippers. Among the search party was Wynberg Concerned Citizens’ Mogamat Bester, who assisted with spreading the news on Facebook and confirmed that Brown had been found.

Concerned Citizens is an ensemble of neighbourhood watches from Pelican Park, Kliproad, Diaz and Wynberg – and the network works to ensure citizen safety.

Bester says Brown was found by people wandering in the area who called the Grassy Park police station.

“He was totally lost, he was found walking towards the Wynberg side.” says Bester. “We searched everywhere. Normally, people with Alzheimer’s walk towards where they were born.”

According to Brown’s daughter, Irene, Brown was found by one Noel Coroluson on Sunday morning shortly before 08:00. “He was on his way to work, and he saw my daddy sitting there by the Wynberg bridge robot,” said Irene.

Dementia South Africa social worker Phazisa Mbilini, says people need to spread the word on dementia. “We can assist people in understanding dementia and the challenges it brings to the people living with it, as well as to their family members,” says Mbilini.

DementiaSA is a South African non-profit organisation (NPO) assisting people living with or caring for those with dementia.

“The term, dementia, is used to describe a group of diseases that affect the brain causing a progressive decline of the thinking function,” Mbilini says. “It is a degenerative brain syndrome that affects the memory, thinking, behaviour and emotions.”

Mbilini says there are more than 100 types of dementia. “Alzheimer’s disease is the most common type, making up to between 50% to 60% of the dementias,” Mbilini says. “Dementia is more common on elderly people (60 years and above), although, with the increase of stressful situations or circumstances that may lead to depression, abuse of drugs and alcohol, HIV and AIDS, we see more younger people being diagnosed with dementia.”

V Visit https://www.demntiasa.org/ for more information.

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