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Province Announces $2.7 Million For Dementia Support

The 2016 Investors Group Walk for Alzheimer’s took place across 23 communities on May 1st raising money for support services, educational programs and further research into dementia.

The Government of British Columbia also announced $2.7 million in further funding for the Alzheimer Society of B.C.’s First Link program which supports families dealing with dementia.

With tens of thousands of British Columbians suffering from Alzheimer’s, the program provides information, education and support for individuals and families facing the disease.

Health Minister Terry Lake describes the investment in the society’s support program as a measure “to increase access to supports at the community level for patients and their loved ones”. First Link is currently offered in over 80 communities across the province and is accessed by more than 12,000 people.

 Since 2007, the Provincial Government and the Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA) has funded $13.4 million to the First Link program by the Alzheimer Society of BC.

 

 

By Amar Mirchandani @amarmirch

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