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Dear Sun Doc My mom is 82 and I have noticed that she is having issues with her speech. I am not sure if this is normal aging or something is really wrong? Ludo

Dear Ludo It is important to look at some of the changes that occur in normal aging when considering potential communication problems. As we age, there are changes in our memory, speed of thinking and how we process information. Sensory losses in hearing and vision are also contributing factors. As we age, we tend to hesitate more often (using “um …” “eh …”), inserting more fillers in our conversational speech. We use more frequently indefinite words like “this,” “thing,” or “that.” This however, does not mean that language is a problem. Change does not equal decline. We are still as competent as ever in comprehending and expressing ourselves.

Some changes however, can be a presenting symptom, especially in Alzheimer’s and other neurodegenerative diseases such as primary progressive aphasia. Getting a correct diagnosis is critical. Language involves speaking, comprehension, reading and writing; whereas speech is the motor act or production of the language. Not all areas may be affected. In Alzheimer’s disease there is a deterioration of many areas of cognitive function. These include memory, problem solving, social skills, and understanding and producing language. The common communication issue one sees in dementia is that the person may not find the right word. They may substitute the intended word (e.g., television) for another word (e.g., telephone), and they may have trouble finishing a sentence. Often, someone with dementia may lose their train of thought and may not be able to follow and comprehend conversations.

A person with dementia may also speak too much or too loudly, or at inappropriate times. They may repeat things or digress from the topic. Not all of this is related to the language issue itself, but these problems have an impact on communication. That said,ensure that your mom sees the doctor as a start! Whether typical or atypical aging, you can help your mother cope with the communication changes of her aging brain.

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BMC secures beef market in Seychelles

Dikarabo Ramadubu

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Botswana Meat Commission (BMC) will soon start to sell its beef to the Island of Seychelles. Not only will they sell frozen raw meat, but will also send corned beef for trial in the Island.

All this is thanks to last week’s visit by President Mokgweetsi Masisi who included in his delegation executive management of the BMC, led by Chief Executive Officer, Dr Akolang Tombale.
The agreement signed between BMC and two leading Seychelles companies, will see BMC exporting at least 48 tonnes of raw beef to the island possibly from October. The names of the two companies that BMC signed an agreement with are Seychelles Trading Company which is a quasi-government organisation, and Rosebelle Company which is privately owned.

Although both have agreed to trade with each other, BMC cannot start immediately, as they have to wait for the green light from Seychelles companies who still have to apply for import permits in accordance with the law of their republic.

Speaking to The Midweek Sun, Tombale expressed gratitude that they managed to get good business in Seychelles through the assistance of President Masisi. “We are ready to export any time from now. As you know Seychelles is an island surrounded by mountains and cannot produce much if not anything. “They therefore depend much on imports even from as far as Brazil and Europe. Their economy is driven by tourism and they do not differ much with the European market in terms of the demand for beef as most tourists come from Europe and United States.”

Dr. Tombale said they agreed with the two companies that since “we are not sure about the logistics we will start by selling 24tonnes to each company per month, meaning we will be supplying the Island with a total of 48 tonnes per month. The idea is to start small and grow bigger as the people get used to our beef.” BMC has also negotiated to sell small stock meat to Seychelles and successfully negotiated for local chicken farmers to start selling their range chicken to Seychelles as well.

According to Tombale, he negotiated the deal after being approached by local chicken farmers amongst them Kgosi Mosadi Seboko of Balete, who requested that “we should try to find a market for chicken farmers as we go around the world searching for the beef market.” Tombale revealed that for a start both range chickens and small stock will not be supplied in tonnes or large quantities as they will be sold on a trial basis.

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G-west community reunion-walk a resounding success

Keletso Thobega

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Multitudes turned up for the Mosengwaketsi community walk and braai session this past Saturday in Gaborone West. The walk was held in the morning and was preceded by football games and a braai session that went on until late in the evening.

According to the event director Tshenolo Palai, the aim of the community day event was to revive community spirit and address crime and social ills. “The Mosengwaketsi community reunion will be held not only to create a platform to build unity but also address the social ill of passion killings,” he said.

Palai said that they had also invited health stakeholders for a wellness segment because they had realised that there are many health related conditions that affect the quality of people’s lives hence they had joined forces with religious organisations, the business community, neighbourhood outreach policing and other stakeholders in the area to encourage a culture of unity and create dialogue between all the parties.

He noted that they had wanted to create a relaxed environment conducive for different people to engage and strengthen their networks. He said they were also concerned with the high rate of crimes of passion in Botswana and also wanted to create a platform for both men and women to open up on issues that affect them because most people tend to be more relaxed in a social setting.

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