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Schippers wants to chair informal care on universities

Schippers wants to chair informal care on universities

Medical centers and universities should have a chair in caregiving to set up, minister Edith Schippers (Health, Welfare).

According to the minister, is still too little known about the psychological consequences that caregivers may experience when they are seriously ill family members or acquaintances take care of.

Skipper says that her ministry was “more than willing” to have such a chair to be co-funded. “I know that caregiving is too much for people”, says Schippers.

“In an ageing society you can expect that the psychological effects only bigger. Especially if you arrange for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease.”

Diagnosis

“That’s gigantic, heavy, physically and mentally. It is lonely.” The minister has a dementia father. “He is very stubborn and accept the diagnosis.”

In the book The most beautiful word is a Reminder to tell Skippers and other well-known Dutchmen, including Freek de Jonge, Co Adriaanse and Linda de Mol, about their experiences with a dementia father or mother. The interviewbundel is an initiative of the VUmc Alzheimercentrum in Amsterdam and appears in the Wednesday, on World alzheimer’s day.

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