Sarasota County Aging Network (SCAN) recently awarded the Alzheimer’s Association -Florida Gulf Coast Chapter a $1,000 grant to help underwrite the cost of replacing computers in our Sarasota office. "The Alzheimer's Association greatly appreciates all the support SCAN provides our Chapter and those we serve, both through their grant program and through increasing Alzheimer's awareness and the services we provide", said Gloria Smith, President and CEO of the Florida Gulf Coast Chapter. These funds will help the Alzheimer's Association maintain our ability to provide support and education for people living with Alzheimer's disease or a related disorder and their caregivers.
The Sarasota County Aging Network is a not-for-profit voluntary coalition of persons with an interest in aging issues. Its mission is to: disseminate information about senior services throughout Sarasota County, educate and inform its membership and the general public about aging related issues, advocate for senior services that address unmet needs, and contribute grants in support of local non-profit organizations providing valuable services to Sarasota County seniors. Click here to learn more about SCAN.
George W. Jenkins Fund Within The Community Foundation of Greater Lakeland's Impact Lakeland Awards Grant to the Alzheimer's Association - Florida Gulf Coast Chapter
The Florida Gulf Coast Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association was recently awarded a generous grant of $12,500 from The George W. Jenkins Fund within The Community Foundation of Greater Lakeland to help underwrite the Chapter’s Caregiver Connection Program.
The Caregiver Connection is a coordinated array of services designed to address the unique support needs of people living with Alzheimer’s disease or a memory related disorder and their caregivers. Services that will be provided through the Caregiver Connection include Care Consults, Support Groups, Caregiver Trainings, Emergency Respite Care Assistance, Community Education & Awareness and a 24/7 Confidential Helpline (800-272-3900).
“Alzheimer’s caregivers are at a much greater risk for a variety of health problems including depression, anxiety, cardiovascular problems, high blood pressure and physical injuries than non-caregivers in their age groups. One in eight caregivers will become ill or injured as a direct result of care giving,” said Gloria J.T. Smith, President & CEO, Florida Gulf Coast Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association. “This funding will help the Alzheimer’s Association change this trajectory for Alzheimer’s caregivers in the Greater Lakeland Community.”
Research has shown that the provision of a comprehensive package of caregiver support programs, such as those provided by the Alzheimer’s Association’s Caregiver Connection, improves caregiver depression, maintain caregiver health, enhance the quality of care for the person living with Alzheimer’s disease, and to delay costly placement in a residential facility by up to a year and a half as compared to care without these services.
In Polk County there are an estimated 14,430 people living with Alzheimer’s disease. Based on the total population of 585,935 people this means that 1 in every 40 people in Polk County is living with Alzheimer’s disease – significantly higher than the national rate of 1 in every 58 people.
To learn more about the Community Foundation of Greater Lakeland click here.
News With a Pulse Features Guest Editorial by Gloria J.T. Smith, Florida Gulf Coast Chapter's President & CEO, Click Here and go to page 7.
Alzheimer's Association 2013 Alzheimer's Disease Facts & Figures Report The Alzheimer’s Association Facts and Figures report details the growing prevalence and escalating impact of Alzheimer’s and dementia on individuals, caregivers, families, government and the nation’s healthcare system. Click here to vew the report.
The Florida Department of Elder Affairs 2011 Florida County Profiles estimate that the number of people living with Alzheimer's disease in Florida is 459,806. Of that total, the Department estimates that there are 172,229 living in the 17 counties served by the Florida Gulf Coast Chapter. State of Florida Department of Elder Affairs, 2010 Elder Statistics