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Berlusconi to work with Alzheimer's patients

Wednesday - 4/30/2014, 7:37am  ET

Reporters stand by the entrance of the San Pietro ward of the 'Sacra Famiglia foundation', where former Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi will carry out a court order to help the elderly, in Cesano Boscone, Italy, Wednesday, April 30, 2014. Berlusconi will help patients with Alzheimer disease for four hours per week as part of his punishment for tax fraud conviction. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)

COLLEEN BARRY
Associated Press

CESANO BOSCONE, Italy (AP) -- Administrators at the center where Silvio Berlusconi will perform community service for a tax fraud conviction say the three-time former Italian premier will be assigned to work with Alzheimer's patients.

Sacra Famiglia center director Paolo Pigni said Berlusconi visited the center on Tuesday to discuss the work "and we spoke with utmost serenity about the project and his activity."

Pigni emphasized on Wednesday that the Alzheimer's patients where Berlusconi will be working are "very fragile" and that volunteers and other nonprofessionals working with them "must participate wholeheartedly and be fully motivated, otherwise it doesn't work."

Berlusconi will spend his first two four-hour shifts "watching and listening" to become acquainted with the activities. He starts May 9.

His four-year sentence was reduced to one year under a general amnesty


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