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Alzheimer's Association 2016 Facts & Figures Report

2015 Florida County Profiles

Music Donation Lifts People Living With Alzheimer's

Caregiver Gives Back By Facilitating Alzheimer's Association Support Group 

Sue Fox Named One of American Association of University Women's 2016 Women of Achievement

Southwest Community Foundation Awards Chapter a Grant to Support Female Alzheimer's Caregivers

News Highlights

Alzheimer's Association 2016 Alzheimer's Disease Facts & Figures Report

The Alzheimer’s Association 2016 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. This year's report includes a Special Report on the Personal Financial Impact of Alzheimer's on Families. Click here to report summary and download the report.

The Florida Department of Elder Affairs 2015 Florida County Profiles

The Florida Department of Elder Affairs estimates that the number of people living with Alzheimer's disease in Florida is 495,013 - nearly 1/10th of the 5.3 Million people living with Alzheimer's disease un the United States.  Of that total, the Department estimates that there are 179,495 people living with Alzheimer's disease in the 17 counties served by the Florida Gulf Coast Chapter. State of Florida Department of Elder Affairs, 2015 Elder Statistics  Click here to view the Department of Elder Affairs' profiles for all of Florida and each individual county. 

Music Lifts Dementia Patients in Lakeland

An anonymous donor has pledged to provide 20,000 digital players and headphones for the chapter to distribute in Polk and the 16 other counties where it operates, said Stefanie Thompson, senior program specialist for the Gulf Coast Chapter.  Click here for more information.

Alzheimer's Caregiver Gives Back By Facilitating A Caregiver Support Group

Shirley Woolaway knows the subtle signs that signal the onset of dementia in a loved one. That's because she's lived through it twice and now serves as the group facilitator of the Alzheimer's Association support group that meets on Marco Island. Click here for full story.  If you would like to learn how to become a volunteer Support Group Facilitator for the Alzheimer's Association contact your local Program Specialist by clicking here.


Alzheimer’s Association’s Sue Fox, Named One of American Association of University Women’s 2016 Women of Achievement.

Sue Fox was honored for her lifetime efforts in providing support for people living in her community.  The Alzheimer's Association Florida Gulf Coast Chapter is honored to have Sue as our Manatee County Program Specialist. In addition to her Chapter peers, Sue was joined at the awards luncheon by her parents, Kathy and Ron Fox, and her partner Noel Harris.   Click here and here for full stories.



Southwest Florida Community Foundation awards grant to the Alzheimer’s Association Florida Gulf Coast Chapter for Female Alzheimer’s Caregiver Support (FACS) Program.

In the Southwest Florida Community Foundation’s service region of Charlotte, Collier, Glades, Hendry and Lee Counties there are an estimated 41,575 people living with Alzheimer’s disease and 90,634 caregivers. Of these Alzheimer’s Caregivers, 63% - or 57,099 – are women.

6 out of 10 women say they became caregivers because they lack other family to do it. Women are 2.5 times more likely than men to provide care 24 hours a day in the late stage of the disease. 75% of all people living with Alzheimer's are cared for at home by unpaid caregivers. In 2014, female Alzheimer's caregivers in the target counties provided over 65 million hours of unpaid Alzheimer’s care valued at over $792 million. With the annual cost of institutionalized care for a person living with Alzheimer's disease averaging $66,833. This represents a tremendous cost savings for the community.

The Alzheimer’s Association truly appreciates the support provided through the Southwest Florida Community Foundation’s Grant to help us meet the unique support needs of the female caregivers we support in their five county service region.  Click here to read article in the

To learn more about the FACS program contact Emily Reese at 239-405-7008 or

About the Southwest Florida Community Foundation
As leaders, conveners, grant makers and concierges of philanthropy, the Southwest Florida Community Foundation is a foundation built on community leadership with an inspired history of fostering regional change for the common good in Lee, Collier, Charlotte, Hendry and Glades counties. The Community Foundation, founded in 1976, connects donors and their philanthropic aspirations with evolving community needs. With assets of more than $93 million, the Community Foundation has provided more than $63 million in grants and scholarships to the communities it serves. Last year, it granted more than $3.2 million to nonprofit organizations supporting education, animal welfare, arts, healthcare and human services, as well as provided regional community impact grants and scholarship grants.

To learn more about the Southwest Florida Community Foundation, please click here or their logo above.


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