The provincial government is investing close to $60 thousand for programs in Brantford aimed at helping families, caregivers and the community to recognize the risks of dementia and be prepared for related incidents.
Brantford-Brant MPP, Will Bouma, along with the Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Seniors and Accessibility, Daisy Wai were in Brantford recently to announce the funding for local programs.
Locally, Creative Expressions, a program offered by the Alzheimer Society, will receive $19 thousand dollars from the province. The Senior For Seniors Program, offered by city, is getting $25 thousand dollars. $15 thousand dollars will be provided to the local Finding Your Way Program.
Province-wide, the government is investing $600 thousand for the Finding Your Way Program. This program aims to prevent those with dementia from wandering and also provides practical tools and education. The program is offered in twelve different languages.
“We have immigrants, we have people who speak many different languages and we are here to support each and every one of them.”Daisy Wai, Parliamentary Assistant to Minister of Seniors
Statistics provided by the Alzheimer Society of Brant, indicate there are around 2500 people living with the diagnosis of dementia in Brantford and Brant County, and approximately 60 percent of those individuals will go missing at some point.
“Finding Your Way has enabled us to do a lot of education of our first responders, the general public, about resources that are available on what to do if you find someone who is living with dementia and goes missing.”Mary Burnett, CEO, Alzheimer Society of Brant
Statistics also state, there are 240 thousand people in the province suffering from some form of dementia. Of those, 125 thousand are at risk of wandering.
“As a government, when we think about that generation that built Ontario and made it as great as it is right now, we have a duty to be there when you need us most.”Will Bouma, MPP, Brantford-Brant