Manatee County is now a Dementia Care and Cure Initiative community, the Florida Department of Elder Affairs announced in March.
The Dementia Care and Cure Initiative is part of a statewide push to support those living with dementia as well as their families and caregivers. Manatee County is the 16th county to earn this designation in Florida. Sarasota County is also part of the Dementia Care and Cure initiative.
In these communities, the counties organize task forces that include professionals and community residents to advocate for and increase awareness about the needs of those living with dementia in their community.
The Manatee County Dementia Care and Cure Task Force will fall under the Manatee County Aging Network (MCAN). As part of this new effort, MCAN will provide dementia sensitivity training to businesses and first responders and offer support and knowledge about available dementia resources, according to Tracie A. Adams, human services program manager for the county’s Government’s Aging Services Program and an MCAN member.
The Dementia Care and Cure Initiative began in 2015 by Florida’s Department of Elder Affairs to promote better care for those affected by dementia.
An estimated 13,000 people with probable Alzheimer’s disease live in Manatee County, according to a Florida Department of Elder Affairs press release. This number does not include other forms of dementia or the many families and caregivers affected by the disease.
There are an estimated 580,000 people in Florida living with Alzheimer’s disease, which is the second largest population in the U.S. That number is slated to leap to 720,000 in just four years, by 2025.
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