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Tories target Alzheimer's as health priority

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Progressive Conservative Leader Hugh McFadyen says his party will make Alzheimer’s disease a public health priority.

This afternoon, McFadyen committed a Tory government to increasing the number of so-called "behaviour beds" for Alzheimer's patients by 10 to 45.

He said a Progressive Conservative administration would also work with the Alzheimer Society of Manitoba to update the province’s Alzheimer’s strategy, which has not been revamped in almost a decade.

As well, the Tories would spend $350,000 a year to re-establish the Memory Assessment Clinic, closed in 2002. And they would invest $200,000 a year to fund First Link, a strategy that connects dementia sufferers and their families to the Alzheimer Society’s programs and services and other community health services.

The Tories said the cost of today’s promises was $4.95 million.

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