February 27, 2013

In the lead up to the B.C. election in May, Jim Mann is touring the province to get a dementia action plan on the next government’s agenda. “In 2010, when the Alzheimer Society released its ground breaking report, Rising Tide, I said: ‘Alzheimer's disease and other dementias are a tragic reality for a rapidly growing number of families. The time to act is now. We need a plan in B.C.’ It’s been over two years and I still don’t see such a plan,” says Mann.

Today at 12:15 p.m. , Jim will speak at a town hall in Victoria at the Monterey Recreation Centre (Garry Oak Room) at 1442 Monterey Avenue.

The Society and Jim Mann seek action from the next B.C. government to develop and implement a comprehensive, funded dementia action plan that includes:

  • Support for family caregivers, including financial incentives, expanded and improved home support programs, and access to appropriate care when and where it is needed for the person with dementia.
  • Policies and programs that support early diagnosis and intervention to help reduce overall health-care costs and improve patient and family outcomes.
  • Tools for health-care providers so they can give the best care possible, such as continuing on-the-job training.
  • Access to the Alzheimer Society of B.C.’s First Link® program for all British Columbians who need it (the program is currently unavailable in most B.C. communities).
  • Ongoing evaluation to track progress.

By 2038, there will be more than 177,000 people living with dementia in B.C. with family caregivers providing an estimated 118.7 million hours of unpaid care per year. Within 30 years, the associated economic burden of dementia in our province is projected to reach a cumulative total of $130.2 billion if we do not take a long view on the disease.

Speak with your MLA today about why a comprehensive, funded dementia action plan matters to you.

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