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Alzheimer's Association, Florida Gulf Coast Chapter
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Latest Alzheimer's and Dementia News

Stay up-to-date on the latest news and advances in dementia treatments, care and research. The Florida Gulf Coast Chapter encompasses Sarasota, Fort Myers, Naples, Tampa, St. Petersburg, Odessa, Lakeland and the surrounding areas.

Senator Marco Rubio Asks Federal Government to Prevent Alzheimer’s and Establish Plan

On Sept. 30, Senator Marco Rubio joined a bi-partisan group of senators in a letter asking the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra to establish an ambitious national goal to prevent Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias, and to establish a plan to achieve this goal.

Alzheimer’s is a huge issue in Florida. Right now, more than 580,000 Foridians are affected by the disease, making Florida the second highest in prevalence in the nation. In 2020, reports show it cost the state 2.6 billion in Medicaid care alone, and that cost is projected to increase 28% by 2025.

South Florida resident Nancy Ginden knows just how challenging Alzheimer’s can be. She was the main caregiver for her Uncle who had the disease and has had several members of her extended family diagnosed with it. Now as the Alzheimer's Association Ambassador to Sen. Rubio, she had this to say: “I am thrilled to see Sen. Rubio’s initiative. With Florida having the second highest prevalence in the nation, it is critical that something is done now. Senator Rubio has been a wonderful advocate in our work to find a cure for the disease and a voice to those who cannot speak.”

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Alzheimer’s Disease Is a Global Crisis With Significant Local Impact

The Alzheimer’s Association “2021 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures” report provides an in-depth look at the latest statistics on Alzheimer’s prevalence, incidence, mortality, costs of care, and impact on caregivers nationally and in Florida.

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