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 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.
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.
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.
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