Alzheimer's Alert – Maryland
Dear Alzheimer’s Advocates,
This alert is intended for residents of Maryland; if you are not a Marylander but have friends, family or colleagues who are, please consider forwarding it to them.
Please contact Governor Ehrlich today with the following message:
“Dear Governor, please support the Alzheimer’s Association request for a supplemental appropriation of $1 million to the Respite Care Program in the Department of Human Resources. This vital program helps to support and sustain the unpaid caregiver, usually a family member, by providing a temporary break, while providing quality care to the person who needs care. Although the demand for respite care continues to grow in Maryland, current funding for the program has decreased slightly since FY ’03. The waiting list for respite care has more than doubled since FY ’03, growing steadily from 737 people to 1,722 in FY ’05. An investment in respite care prevents or delays institutionalization for frail and elderly people and preserves caregivers’ health.”
You may telephone the Governor at: 1-800-811-8336 or e-mail him through his online form at http://www.gov.state.md.us/mail/ if you prefer.
If you would like to know more about this respite care funding request, please contact me and I’ll be happy to provide additional details.
Thank you and best wishes,
Director, Government Advocacy and Public Outreach
Alzheimer’s Association, National Capital Area Chapter