Elizabeth Kasimu Mutunga is a trained psychotherapist and an Alzheimer’s soldier. Elizabeth developed interest in Alzheimer’s disease after her father was diagnosed in 2007. At the time the disease was a mystery to her and her family. Therefore, in trying to understand how best to cope with the disease and care for the father better, she started looking for a support group where she could plug in and get support, encouragement and walk with other caregivers.
The passion to continue helping other caregivers cope with the care of their loved ones was born in this journey and it led her to start a support group that could reach out to more people after her father succumbed to the disease 2009. She is committed to doing her part through ADOK in ensuring that awareness is created about Alzheimer’s, stigma associated with Alzheimer’s is reduced and Kenya has Alzheimer’s/ Dementia friendly communities.
Mary Susan Wairimu
Mary Susan Wairimu is a trained psychotherapist. She is passionate about the care of caregivers because burn out is a real risk for caregivers of Alzheimer’s patients and it can easily compromise the quality of care. Boosting coping skills and promoting strong community support networks that will help caregivers handle the stress of caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease is one of the key roles she plays. She joined ADOK as a soldier in the fight against Alzheimer’s disease with an aim at ensuring quality palliative care for the affected and caregiver respite services are accessible to all in need.
It is important for caregivers to be well-informed about the disease. As a counsellor, she moderates interactions during support group sessions that allow caregivers to find some relief, express concerns and share experiences. She facilitates for the members to get relevant and accurate information and receive emotional comfort from peers in an understanding, safe and nonjudgmental environment.
Fundraising & Membership Coordinator
Monica Kinyanjui is passionate about being an Alzheimer’s soldier. She encountered the disease more than 10 years ago when her mother in-law was diagnosed. At the time she did not know anything about Alzheimer’s what it was or what to expect. Therefore, her reaction to coping was to avoid dealing with her mother in-laws condition despite their close relationship.When her mother in law later succumbed to the disease, Monica dedicated herself to learning more about the disease in order to empower others with information to ensure they cope better and give even better care to their loved ones.
At ADOK she is committed in ensuring that awareness of Alzheimer and information on post diagnosis care is available to everyone by championing the fund raising and membership drives.
Support Group Coordinator
Joyce Kitavi is an advocate of Alzheimer’s disease. As a member of ADOK, she is passionate about creating awareness at family and community level in order to demystify the disease and promote better care of the affected.
Having been affected by the disease and being a primary caregiver, she is keen on working with caregivers to offer support and training that helps them give the best care in the best way they can.
Winnie Mbithe, is an Alzheimer’s soldier and a proud member of ADOK. Winnie has been a caregiver to her sister since her diagnosis in 2012. Through ADOK, she hopes to share her experience with other caregivers as they go through their care journey.
Susan Mwangi,is an Alzheimer’s soldier. Her passion to work with people living with Alzheimer’s disease and their carers was kindled when her husband was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. Alzheimer’s patients need care 24 hours and Susan, working with ADOK is committed in walking with care givers in providing the necessary practical knowhow for them to give better care to their loved ones and ensuring they find joy in taking care of them.