The British Columbia provincial government announced an investment of $2.7 million to create services tailored to the needs of people living with dementia and their care partners. The Minister of Health, Adrian Dix, announced the funding at the Olympic Village’s annual Walk for Alzheimer’s event. Recognizing the Alzheimer Society as a crucial resource for individuals living with dementia, the funding announced will be used to support the First Link program. First Link is a program that connects people living with dementia to doctors, as well as social services, immediately upon diagnosis. Anne Kang, Parliamentary secretary for seniors states “we want to make sure that we are able to open the conversation and take away the stigma of Alzheimer’s. That we’re all walking together hand-in-hand, because together, we’re all stronger”. Funding for the Alzheimer Society First Link program will allow people diagnosed with dementia be connected with services as soon as possible, increasing their capacity to live well.
SOURCE: The Star Vancouver: https://www.thestar.com/vancouver/2018/05/06/bc-government-announces-27-million-in-funding-to-support-care-for-people-dementia.html
DATE RETRIEVED: May 11, 2018