11/27/2012 04:55 EST | Updated 01/27/2013 05:12 EST

Alzheimer Society asks Saskatchewan for more money to help patients, families

REGINA - The Alzheimer Society of Saskatchewan says it needs more money from the province to help a growing number of people with dementia.

Society members were at the legislature asking for $450,000 for a program called First Link, a network of education and support services for patients and their families.

The Saskatchewan Ministry of Health currently gives the program $50,000 a year.

The society notes Manitoba provides $210,000 for the program, while Alberta gives $1.4 million annually.

Society CEO Joanne Bracken says more money would mean the program could expand outside of Regina and Saskatoon.

Health Minister Dustin Duncan says he would like to see the program expand, but requests for more money will have to be considered in the provincial budget process.