The Alzheimer’s Association
Florida Gulf Coast Chapter
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.
A world without Alzheimer's disease.
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 Florida Gulf Coast Chapter utilizes 80% of all funds raised for programs, services and research efforts.
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 and Pasco counties increasing the Chapter's service region. In 2003, the Sarasota/Manatee Chapter and the Southwest Florida Chapters were merged into the Tampa Bay Chapter. These mergers added Charlotte, Collier, Glades, Hardee, 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 15 county service region.
Within the 15 counties that comprise the Florida Gulf Coast Chapter, the Florida Department of Elder Affairs estimates that in 2016 there were 184,035 people living with Alzheimer's disease. This number does not include the Snowbirds who reside in the region during the Winter months.