In 2002, Alberta released its first dementia strategy. Since then, the provincial government has broadened its focus to address the changing needs of people living with dementia and their caregivers.
In 2017, Alberta released the Alberta Dementia Strategy and Action Plan. The plan, available online, was developed in partnership with people living with dementia, caregivers and families, Alberta Health Services, Alzheimer’s Societies operating in Alberta, care providers and community organizations. It focuses on
- brain health
- timely diagnosis
- accessible services
- supports for families from the onset of dementia through to end-of-life
Alberta has also invested in many initiatives, such as these two below:
- First Link® program: an early intervention program that connects people living with dementia to the Alzheimer Society for services and support.
- Clinical dementia support across Alberta by phone (Health Link 811, 24/7, confidential) delivered by trained Dementia
Alzheimer Society Calgary offers a series of services, support groups, webinars and programs for people living with dementia and their caregivers. During the COVID-19 pandemic, their Support Team is available to provide free, confidential advice and information by 403-290-0110 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Discover other dementia-related initiatives taking place across Canada that support Canadians with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia.
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