Dementia advice is now available through Health Link

Posted on October 2 2015

Alberta Health Services (AHS) is introducing specialized dementia advice available 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.

The dementia nurse, who has extensive training and experience in seniors’ health, will be able to do a more in-depth assessment to gain an understanding of each individual situation. The dementia nurse will provide support and advice to patients and caregivers, and can connect callers to services available in their community.

“Providing dementia advice is an important health service both now and looking into the future,” says Lara Osterreicher, AHS Director of Operations for 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.

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