09/15/2011 02:56 EDT | Updated 01/12/2012 02:10 EST

Manitoba Tories promise spending to deal with Alzheimer's disease

WINNIPEG - With more and more older Manitobans suffering from dementia, Progressive Conservative Leader Hugh McFadyen (mick-FAH'-din) wants to restore a clinic that helped those with memory disorders.

That was part of an almost $5 million, four-year pledge to help those suffering from Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia if Tories are elected on October 4th.

McFadyen says more than 19,500 people in the province suffer from dementia now.

That number is expected to double by 2038 as the population ages.

He says a Tory government would spend $350,000 a year to re-establish the memory assessment clinic that was closed under the NDP almost 10 years ago.

They'd also spend $2.75 million to create more beds for aggressive Alzheimer's patients.