Province says a $68,000 grant given to the community has gone a long way.
The Alberta Health Minister and Deputy Premier was in town Wednesday to recognize the work being done with Dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.
Sarah Hoffman says the announcement was made in Stony Plain due to the efforts made with a $68,000 grant the provincial government gave the community in 2017.
"They [members of the local Dementia and Alzheimer’s community] have done some training with some businesses to try and work on ways that businesses can be more inclusive. They've also worked with other care providers [like] FCSS, [and] the local lodges to make sure they have more accepting environments. They've invested in classes," said Hoffman.
The grant assists locals in their aim to create a more accommodating community for people affected by these diseases. This includes educating local businesses and care providers on how to interact with these people.
"Making eye contact with someone when they're talking, slowing down a little bit. Making sure that just because someone was in the store just two days ago, didn't have an issue talking to you and maybe they are [having issues] today, doesn't mean that something's wrong. It means maybe you can be a little more patient or ask the person they're with if you can help," said Hoffman.
She also chose Stony Plain as the location in which she declared January to be Alzheimer’s awareness month in Alberta.
Hoffman says it was important to start funding these types of programs instead of continuing to ask volunteers to step-up.