New York Awards $67M To Help Alzheimer's Disease Caregivers
New York state is spending $67 million to help those caring for a person with Alzheimer's disease — part of an ambitious effort to support families dealing with the degenerative condition.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the funding on Monday. It will be divided among nine different organizations that will create programs to help family caregivers. Each will receive $7.5 million over five years. The money will pay for support groups, consultations, outreach and respite services so family caregivers can get a break.
The Democratic governor included the money in the state budget. He calls it an "investment" that will help those who bear the financial and emotional challenges of caring for people with Alzheimer's.
An estimated 380,000 New Yorkers have Alzheimer's or another form of dementia.
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