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New York Awards $67M To Help Alzheimer's Disease Caregivers

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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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Dave Lucas is WAMC’s Capital Region Bureau Chief. Born and raised in Albany, he’s been involved in nearly every aspect of local radio since 1981. Before joining WAMC, Dave was a reporter and anchor at WGY in Schenectady. Prior to that he hosted talk shows on WYJB and WROW, including the 1999 series of overnight radio broadcasts tracking the JonBenet Ramsey murder case with a cast of callers and characters from all over the world via the internet. In 2012, Dave received a Communicator Award of Distinction for his WAMC news story "Fail: The NYS Flood Panel," which explores whether the damage from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee could have been prevented or at least curbed. Dave began his radio career as a “morning personality” at WABY in Albany.
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