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Alzheimer's Association 2017 Facts & Figures Report

2016 Florida County Profiles

Music Donation Lifts People Living With Alzheimer's

Caregiver Gives Back By Facilitating Alzheimer's Association Support Group 

GiveWell Community Foundation Supports the Alzheimer's Respite Care (ARC) Program

News Highlights

Alzheimer's Association 2017 Alzheimer's Disease Facts & Figures Report

The Alzheimer’s Association 2017 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 Next frontier of Alzheimer's Research. Click here to report summary and download the report.

The Florida Department of Elder Affairs 2016 Florida County Profiles

The Florida Department of Elder Affairs estimates that the number of people living with Alzheimer's disease in Florida is 489,000 - of the 5.5 Million people living with Alzheimer's disease un the United States.  Of that total, the Department estimates that there are 184,035 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.


GiveWell Community Foundation Supports the Alzheimer's Respite Care (ARC) Program

We are pleased to announce that the Alzheimer’s Association – Florida Gulf Coast Chapter has been awarded a $7,500 grant from the Givewell Community Foundation to support our Alzheimer’s Respite Care (ARC) Program in Polk County. The ARC Program will provide Alzheimer’s caregivers with temporary relief from their intensive responsibility of caring for their loved one with Alzheimer’s disease. Short-term respite care can be provided for planned and unplanned emergencies, caregiver rejuvenation, and to fill the gap between approval for long-term government or third party respite care and when the respite care begins. To find out more about the ARC program contact Stefanie Wardlow at 863-292-9210 or by emailing


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