Opinion

Plan for the ‘epidemic’ now

Former radio personality George Garrett kisses his wife Joan at the recent Investors Group Walk for Memories at Eaglequest Coyote Creek Golf Course. The Garretts were special guests as the event. Joan was dignosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 2010. George cares for her at home.   - File photo / The Leader
Former radio personality George Garrett kisses his wife Joan at the recent Investors Group Walk for Memories at Eaglequest Coyote Creek Golf Course. The Garretts were special guests as the event. Joan was dignosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 2010. George cares for her at home.
— image credit: File photo / The Leader

Soon our hospitals will have to deal with the epidemic about to happen: Alzheimer’s disease.

There are 70,000 people in B.C. with this heartbreaking disease. Putting these people in an acute-care hospital will cost between $1,200 and $5,000 per day.

What should occur now is the construction of more Alzheimer care facilities like the Czorny Alzheimer Centre in Surrey.

The cost of care in this type of facility is between $500 and $700.

 

Ron Watson, Surrey

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