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Dementia ‘memory clinic’ gets United Way funding

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A Memory Clinic run by the Rapids Family Health Team is getting a $30,000 venture grant from the United Way of Sarnia-Lambton.

The clinic, in partnership with the Sarnia Lambton Alzheimer’s Society, will offer patients with dementia a full team of healthcare professionals from doctors to social workers to help navigate the system and access community supports.

An estimated 2,800 residents in Sarnia-Lambton have dementia and many more go undiagnosed, increasing the risk of motor vehicle accidents, medication errors and caregiver burnout.

Sarnia’s only other Memory Clinic currently has a one-year waiting list.

The new clinic will initially be offered twice per month in Sarnia and Corunna and serve 100 to 150 people, with a goal of further expansion as more partnerships are formed.

United Way venture grants support new and innovative programs that address community needs.

For more, call Cynthia at 519-339-8949, ext. 177.

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