On Tuesday, the Alberta Government launched the Alberta Dementia Strategy and Action Plan.

The strategy is framed around four key outcomes, including support for caregivers and those living with dementia, and making sure Albertans understand the impact of the disease.

Minister of Health, Sarah Hoffman says, the plan offers a strategic approach that will lead to quality care, and stronger community supports.

"This plan is about giving Albertans the tools to live well, to find hope beyond a diagnosis. We know that dementia can be devastating, and I know it's something that thousands of Albertans will be thinking about over the holidays."

Hoffman says, the Government has already invested almost $7 million to support the aims of this strategy.

"The Alberta Dementia Strategy and Action Plan gives us practical actions and targets for improving dementia diagnosis and dementia care. It also provides a framework for enhancing support for Albertans who are living with dementia."

The Alberta Government said in a release, the new plan aspires to make Alberta a leader in dementia research.

Over 42,000 Albertans were diagnosed with dementia in 2016.

To view the new action plan, you can visit the link.

 

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