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Manitoba Tories Would Invest in Alzheimer’s Care

September 15, 2011 1:29 PM | News

By Sarah Klein

Hugh McFadyen (CHRISD.CA FILE)

Progressive Conservative leader Hugh McFadyen says his government would spend $4.95 million to better accommodate Manitobans living with Alzheimer’s disease.

The investment over four years would be made to provide for more behavioural beds (to up 45), re-establish the Memory Assessment Clinic and fund First Link, a strategy that connects individuals and their families to the Alzheimer Society of Manitoba’s programs and services.

McFadyen said he would also work to update the Manitoba Alzheimer Strategy to make dementia a public health priority.

More than 19,500 people in Manitoba suffer from Alzheimer’s disease or some other form of dementia. By 2038, that number is expected to double, according to figures released by the PCs.