We are asking the Government of Manitoba to fully fund the First Link® Program.
First Link connects people with dementia and their families to information, support and education as early as possible and throughout the progression of the disease. Research indicates that families who access help early are better able to cope, avoid crises and experience better quality of life.
Since 2012, 12,621 new families accessed our services. Last year, we logged more than 10,000 client contacts. The Alzheimer Society currently receives $270,000 in provincial government funding annually for the program. The actual cost is $480,446 annually.
Manitobans like Kerri depend on the support and services that the Alzheimer Society provides to ease the challenges faced when navigating through a diagnosis of dementia. Kerri says, “It’s important to get help as soon as you see the signs. Nobody should have to go through this alone.”
Click here to watch “Kerri’s Story” — a powerful video that shows how important it is for families to connect with the Alzheimer Society for support.