Dealing with dementia

B.C. has a lot of baby boomers who are reaching the age of increased risk for different kinds of dementia

I’ll bet every one of your readers knows someone who has been touched by Alzheimer’s disease. I sure do. Over 70,000 people in B.C. have dementia. That’s a lot of people and it doesn’t include the husbands, wives, family members and friends whose lives are also affected.

I’m concerned that we’re not prepared to deal with a problem that’s getting worse. B.C. has a lot of baby boomers who are reaching the age of increased risk for different kinds of dementia.

We need a plan with money behind it to deal with what is becoming a crisis — not only for people with dementia, but also for taxpayers who will have to pay the resulting rising health-care costs.

That’s why I support Jim’s Push for a Plan. Jim has Alzheimer’s disease and he knows what’s needed — things like support for family caregivers, programs that help with early diagnosis and training for health-care workers.

Anita Kirby

 

Penticton

 

 

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