The Alzheimer’s Association -Florida Gulf Coast Chapter
Our Mission To eliminate Alzheimer's disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health.
The Alzheimer's Association - Florida Gulf Coast Chapter is a tax-exempt, 501(c)(3) nonprofit, donor-supported organization. Programs and services are made possible through contributions from individuals, corporations and foundations. The chapter uses 83% of all funds raised for programs, services and research efforts.
Catherine Cruikshank, PhD, Regional Director of Education / Program Specialist email@example.com Sunshine Professional Center 8220 Bonita Beach Road Suite # 223 Bonita Beach, FL 34135 Office: 239-405-7008 Fax: 239-405-7038
Rachel Farinas, Special Events Coordinator - North Region firstname.lastname@example.org 14010 Roosevelt Blvd., #709 Clearwater, FL 33762-3862 Office: 727-578-2558 x 129 Fax: 727-578-2286
Emily Reese, Program Specialist email@example.com Sunshine Professional Center 8220 Bonita Beach Road Suite # 223 Bonita Beach, FL 34135 Office: 239-405-7008 Fax: 239-405-7038
Katie Scott, Program Specialist firstname.lastname@example.org 3277A Fruitville Road, Suite 1 Sarasota, FL 34237 Office: 941-365-8883 Fax: 941-365-8885
Stefanie A. Thompson, M.A., SeniorProgram Specialist email@example.com The Hainz Professional Center 134 N. Ridgewood Drive, Suite 17 Sebring, FL 33870 Office: 863-385-3444 Fax: 863-292-9603 Or mailing to: P.O. Box 1901 Sebring, FL 33871
Stefanie A. Thompson, Senior Program Specialist firstname.lastname@example.org Located in the Arts Ensemble International Building 1000 American Superior Blvd. Winter Haven, FL 33880 Office: 863-292-9210 Fax: 863-292-9603
Christopher Wilcox, Program Specialist email@example.com Located in the Arts Ensemble International Building 1000 American Superior Blvd. Winter Haven, FL 33880 Office: 863-292-9210 Fax: 863-292-9603
The Florida Gulf Coast Chapter was founded in 1984, known then as the Tampa Bay Chapter it served Pinellas, Hillsborough and Polk counties. In 1999, the West Central Florida Chapter was merged with the Tampa Bay Chapter adding Citrus, Hernando, Pasco and Sumter counties increasing the Chapter's service region to seven counties. In 2003, the Sarasota/Manatee Chapter and the Southwest Florida Chapters were merged into the Tampa Bay Chapter. These mergers added Charlotte, Citrus, Collier, DeSoto, Glades, Hardy, Hendry, Highlands, Lee, Manatee, and Sarasota counties to the Chapter's service region. With this expansion, the Tampa Bay Chapter changed its name to the Florida Gulf Coast Chapter to better reflect its comprehensive 17 county service region.
Within the 17 counties that comprise the Florida Gulf Coast Chapter, the Florida Department of Elder Affairs estimates that in 2011 there were 172,229 people living with Alzheimer's disease and this number does not include the Snowbirds who reside in the region during the Winter months.
There are only eight states with higher incidence of Alzheimer's than that within our Chapter's service region. Nationally one in every 58 people of all ages has Alzheimer's disease. In the State of Florida it is one in every 41 people. In the areas served by the Florida Gulf Coast Chapter 1 in every 33 people of all ages has Alzheimer's disease!
The Florida Gulf Coast Chapter meets the challenge of such overwhelming numbers through a dedicated staff of 25 based out of eight regional offices and our Memory Mobile - a mobile office that targets rural and inner city communities.
It is estimated that there are 459,806 people living with Alzheimer's disease in the State of Florida. That represents nearly 9% of the 5.2 M cases in the United States.