Fraser Health to boost early-stage dementia care

The focus will be on the South Asian community in Surrey, North Delta, White Rock and Langley

  • Nov. 14, 2017 9:15 a.m.

Fraser Health is rolling out a new pilot program to help those suffering with early-stage dementia.

The pilot, announced Tuesday, aims to diagnose and treat patients faster, and get them access to community resources faster, through a new inter-professional guide and a mentoring program between care providers and doctors.

The pilot will operate in Surrey, North Delta, White Rock and Langley, with a focus on the South Asian community and presentations in Surrey temples, gurdwaras and community centres.

More than 20,000 people south of the Fraser River have dementia, according to Fraser Health, and that number is expected to jump by 70 per cent over the next 10 years.

“By strengthening partnerships between physicians and other health care providers, we hope that diagnoses and treatments for people living with dementia, as well as support for their families, will be more robust and will happen more quickly and efficiently,” said Doctors of BC president Dr. Trina Larsen Soles.

Added program co-lead Dr. Leena Jain: “It is important to provide patient-centred education about dementia in a culturally-sensitive way that addresses any potential misconceptions and barriers.”

Alongside the Alzheimer Society of B.C., the health authority will also hire an additional one-year Punjabi-speaking South Asian support and education coordinator for their existing dementia helpline.

Just Posted

KPU campuses go smoke-free starting Jan. 21 – and that includes vaping

‘We didn’t make this decision lightly’ says prez of the Surrey-based institution

Trial begins for man charged with 2010 murder of Mandy Johnson

Langley single mom was fatally shot while in vehicle in Abbotsford

Sick, or not, Langley’s Tyler Tardi wouldn’t miss national competition

A Langley-based junior curling team is defending the national title, despite an ailing skip.

Garage sale brings out some unusual characters such as Langley’s Holly Zonneveld

A gaggle of comedic individuals unite in Surrey Little Theatre’s latest production.

Novice swimmers back in the water in Langley Saturday

Seven Langley Olympians Swim Club members made a strong showing at a seniors circuit meet Saturday.

VIDEO: New museums, community centre, condos proposed for Fort Langley

A new Township proposal is expected to go public this week.

Bank of Canada hikes interest rate to 1.25%, cites strong economic data

The rate increase is expected to prompt Canada’s large banks to raise their prime lending rates

5 to start your day

BC Liberals staffer in court for ethnic vote scandal, friends mourn boy killed in Vancouver and more

Trump aces mental aptitude test designed by Canadian immigrant

“This is a good example, I think, that will be helpful to change views about immigration. And maybe for Mr. Trump himself to consider immigrants as contributors to advancing science, advancing our societies.”

Rival Koreas agree to form first unified Olympic team

The rival Koreas took major steps toward reducing their bitter animosity

Canada, U.S. lead call for sanctions against North Korea

Foreign ministers from 20 countries are meeting in Vancouver to discuss security and stability on the Korean Peninsula

Federal NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh announces engagement

Federal NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh engaged to clothing designer Gurkiran Kaur

Hijab-cutting case highlights ethical issues with putting kids in spotlight

A Toronto police investigation has concluded a girl’s hijab was not cut by a scissors-wielding man as she walked to school

Change in politics, society on sexual misconduct ‘not fast enough,’ says Trudeau

Trudeau says society still lagging behind the systemic changes he is trying to make when it comes to preventing and responding to sexual harassment

Most Read