Health Minister Adrian Dix announces $2.7 million for dementia-support group before Walk for Alzheimer's

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      The NDP government made a popular funding pledge before today's Investors Group Walk for Alzheimer's in communities across B.C.

      Health Minister Adrian Dix provided the Alzheimer Society of B.C. with $2.7 million for First Link, which offers support to people diagnosed with the disease.

      "Being diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease or another form of dementia can be a shock to patients and families," Dix said in a news release. "We recognize that a diagnosis can feel overwhelming and isolating, and people may not be sure what steps to take. With this funding, more people will be supported to learn about the disease, how to cope with the changes, and plan for the future."

      The parliamentary secretary for seniors, Anne Kang, pointed out in the same release that First Link "helps connect people to resources, like support groups and fitness and social programs, so they can meet families on a similar journey, share coping strategies and build friendships".

      According to Alzheimer Society Canada, there are 564,000 people living with dementia across the country. Another 25,000 new cases are diagnosed every year.

      Below, you can see some of the images being passed around on social media by those who participated in today's walk.