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Alzheimer services getting established

By: Judy Peters

Posted: 11/14/2014 9:50 AM

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Leona Doerksen from the Alzheimer Society discusses Touch Quilts with Steinbach Mayor Chris Goertzen at the grand opening of the regional office in Steinbach. Touch Quilts are being distributed to personal care home residents in Manitoba who are living with Alzheimer's or dementia.

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Leona Doerksen from the Alzheimer Society discusses Touch Quilts with Steinbach Mayor Chris Goertzen at the grand opening of the regional office in Steinbach. Touch Quilts are being distributed to personal care home residents in Manitoba who are living with Alzheimer's or dementia.

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The Alzheimer Society of Manitoba now has office space in Steinbach. A grand opening celebration took place yesterday with a ribbon cutting ceremony at 9A-90 Brandt Street.

"I'm actually a very mobile service provider," said Leona Doerksen, South Eastman Regional Coordinator. "I go into various health facilities and communities across the Southeast region, providing services for the Alzheimer's Society."

There are a few different types of services that are offered in the region.

"Initially, I help individuals and family members or friends to determine whether or not there are significant concerns that might point toward Alzheimer's. We can help people know how to get ready to go visit their doctor, what kind of things to tell the doctor and the kind of things to be watching for."

You can learn more about the services at www.alzheimer.mb.ca or by calling Doerksen at 204-326-5771.

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