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AHS Weekly Wellness News: Dementia Advice Available Provincially Through Health Link

Currently, about 40,000 Albertans are living with dementia, a syndrome that affects memory, thinking, orientation, judgment and ability to carry out daily activities. This number is expected to more than double in Alberta as the baby boom generation moves into older age. By 2038, it is estimated that about one in 10 Albertans over the age of 65, and nearly half over age 90, will be living with dementia.

Alberta Health Services provides province-wide, specialized dementia advice through Health Link to help support individuals and caregivers living with dementia, including people with Alzheimer’s disease.

By dialing 811 – any time, any day – callers will reach Health Link staff who can assess their needs and provide immediate advice for their health concerns. When needed, callers can also be referred to a specialized dementia nurse for additional support.

Specialized dementia nurses can provide a more in-depth assessment to to gain an understanding of each individual situation and provide personalized support and advice, as well as connecting callers to available community services and supports.

For more information and resources, visit: http://www.albertahealthservices.ca/scns/Page12938.aspx

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