An intervention program has been launched in Alberta to link physicians and community service providers with alzheimer’s patients and their caregivers.
The NDP government is providing $2 million over three years to expand the program First Link into Calgary.
First Link helps patients and their care givers learn how to cope with the effects of dementia and the steps they can take to improve their quality of life.
They are directed to services offered by the Alzheimer’s Society and programs in the community as well as receive ongoing support.
The province says as of a couple of years ago, 39,000 Albertans have been diagnosed with dementia.