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Program aims to help Alzheimers caregivers
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Peggy Luukkonen, a Georgia REACH interventionist, holds the guidebook used in the personalized, six-month course for caregivers of people with Alzheimer's disease. After the course, the caregiver keeps the notebook and information on other sources of help. - photo by Special
Georgia REACH has funding to provide free education and support to 150 individuals, such as family members, who take care of people with Alzheimer’s and other types of dementia in nine coastal Georgia counties. More than halfway through the three-year $600,000 grant, the program has reached only about 50 of those caregivers, including just two currently in Bulloch County. “Because it is a free program, it would be a shame to have the deadline come and go without getting a chance to serve everyone who can use it,” said Arminda Perch, an interventionist, as Georgia REACH calls the caseworkers who bring personalized lessons to caregivers’ homes.
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