The state Department of Human Services announced today the start of a program to provide small grants for families caring for people with Alzheimer’s or dementia.

The legislature has provided $200,000 for the pilot program. It will provide $500 grants to people to take a break from caregiving. There is no income qualification for the program.

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Families can receive two grants during a calendar year (with at least six months between approved dates). Recipients must live in Arkansas and have a primary or secondary diagnosis of Alzheimer’s or other dementia. Additionally, the diagnosis must state that the patient requires daily assistance.