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Local alzheimer societies will combine forces

The rising tide of dementia will be fought with combined forces in the Quinte area.

The Alzheimer Society of Prince Edward and its Belleville-Hastings-Quinte counterpart will continue their voluntary merger following a vote by the boards Dec. 22 to amalgamate. Approval was also received from the membership. The South East Local Health Integration Network gave its approval Dec. 15.

“Facing pressures of increasing demands for services, both societies looked for ways to reduce administrative costs in order to divert more funding to front line services,” said the County’s interim executive director Laura Hare, executive director in Belleville.

In southeastern Ontario the number of people with Alzheimer’s disease or related dementias is expected to increase to 9,230 in 2016 from 7,795 in 2008.

The decision follows a feasibility study that included all five societies in the South East LHIN. Hare said it was decided that the next best step was to integrate Lanark and Leeds Grenville into one society; Hastings-Prince Edward into another while leaving Kingston as its own entity.

Hare said a Joint Integration Committee has been meeting since October to work on the many details required for the integration.  Paperwork has now been sent to government ministries for further processing.

“In the meantime, the committee is looking at harmonizing board and operation policies and procedures for the new combined Alzheimer Society of Hastings-Prince Edward which is to become effective April 1, 2015.

“The new society will maintain staffed offices in Bancroft, Belleville and Picton with the main administrative tasks handled in Belleville,” said Hare. “This integration will permit the new society to allocate more resources to programs and services, in an attempt to face the rising tide of dementia.”

In the County, plans are now under way for the annual Walk for Memories, set for Saturday, Jan. 31 in the hallways of PECI from 1-3p.m.

VIA Rail is again presenting a round trip for two within the Windsor Quebec corridor to the top fundraiser in the County. Last year, Kevin Ferguson won the prize, having raised $1,010. Pledge forms are available online  or at the office, when it re-opens Jan. 5. The event will also feature the draw for the society’s fundraiser An Evening to Remember.

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ALZPECAlzheimer Society of Prince Edward County
90 King Street,
Corner of King & Paul
Picton, ON K0K 2T0
Tel: (613 )476-2085
Fax: (613) 476-1537
E-mail: linda.steacy@alzheimerhpe.ca

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