The Alzheimer's Association – Florida Gulf Coast Chapter dedicates donations we receive to providing information, support, advocacy and research for the more than 172,000 people living with Alzheimer’s disease and their caregivers in our 17 county service region. Part of our work involves securing the funds needed to provide help and hope to those living with the many diverse challenges presented by Alzheimer's disease.
Because of donations from supporters like you we have made tremendous advances in the past two decades. To give you some idea of why your contributions are so important consider these alarming statistics:
- Today, their are over 459,000 people living with Alzheimer’s disease in Florida.
- In the 17 counties our chapter serves there are over 172,000 people living with Alzheimer’s disease.
- Florida has the second highest number of cases of Alzheimer’s disease in all 50 States.
- Only eight States have more cases of Alzheimer’s disease than in the area served by the Florida Gulf Coast Chapter.
- Nationally, more than 5 million Americans have Alzheimer's disease; researchers say as many as 16 million Americans could have the disease by 2025.
- 1 in 9 people age 65 and older has Alzheimer’s disease and nearly 1 out of 3 over age 85 has the disease.
- Alzheimer’s disease is the 6th leading cause of death for people in the United States; and the 5th leading cause of death for those over the age of 65.
- 1 in 10 Americans has a family member with Alzheimer's.
- 1 in 3 knows someone with Alzheimer's.
- 7 in 10 people with Alzheimer's live at home, with family and friends providing most of the care.
To help families affected by Alzheimer's disease and other dementias within the Chapter we offer:
- 24-hour Helpline 800.272.3900.
- Support groups that have a confidential forum for people to share concerns and receive support--both caregiver and early stage support groups.
- Educational programs and workshops for those affected by Alzheimer's, their family, friends, caregivers and the community in general.
- Professional educational programs and conferences for professional caregivers, police and fire departments.
- MedicAlert + Safe Return Program to help find people with dementia who wander and become lost.
- Information and Referral Service that provides families and health care professionals with dementia specific information and community resources.
- Care Consultations that work with caregivers to access and coordinate services that ease their caregiver burden and enhance the quality of care for their loved one with Alzheimer’s disease.
- Advocacy for quality care and services for people impacted by Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia and funding for research and public programs serving people with dementia.
- Funding to accelerate the pace of promising research.
- Respite assistance.
- And much more.
Thank you for your continuing support and for helping us serve the thousands of families in the Florida Gulf Coast Chapter affected by Alzheimer's disease. Your continued generosity helps us move closer to our vision of a world without Alzheimer's disease.