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Governor Walker Signs Dementia and...

Posted at 5:40 PM, Mar 22, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-22 19:12:30-04

Governor Scott Walker signed assembly bills 786, 787, and 790 into law Tuesday afternoon in Green Bay. 

The  three bills are planned to help the elderly and the family who takes care of them, from adding programs to assist with dementia to helping caretakers with funding for respite care.

 The third new law would give grants to mobile crisis teams for dementia training. The three bills were signed into law today at the Options for Independent Living Center in Green Bay.

Where Walker says each of them is part of a larger plan to help out families here in Wisconsin to get them the support they need.

“Providing relief for that caretaker because more often than not family members are often working a full job then taking care of a loved one on top of that putting additional financial assistance to provide time off so they can get a break and afford to do that” Says Walker

Tina Pickard helped to take care of her grandmother when she was diagnosed with Alzheimer's. She know’s how important that respite care can be.

“You have to take care of yourself before you can take care of anyone else especially a person that has Alzheimer's" says Pickard.

The goal of these bills to help Wisconsin citizens care for the ones they love and give those loved ones proper care.