Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Alzheimer's Caregivers To Benefit From Provincial Cash

Marguerite Blais, Quebec's Minister responsible for seniors, announced $200 million for Alzheimer's caregivers on Sunday, March 15, 2009.

From CTV:

The Quebec government has announced that it will give $200 million over 10 years to community groups that provide support to the caregivers of Alzheimer's patients.

"In every region of the province of Quebec, the population will decide what type of services they need," said Marguerite Blais, Quebec's Minister responsible for seniors.

The news was well-received by Daniel Deziel and his wife, Nadia Emond. Deziel, 51, was recently diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. He has had to stop working, and relies on his wife to care for him.

"(I want) to keep my husband at home as long as I can," said Emond.

Quebec businessman Andre Chagnon put $50 million toward the investment into patient care. His mother died of Alzheimer's disease, and he said he appreciates how much is demanded of caregivers.

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