Dementia Care & Cure Initiative (DCCI)
In August 2015, the Department of Elder Affairs announced the Dementia Care and Cure Initiative to engage communities across the state to be more dementia friendly, promote better care for Floridians affected by dementia, and support research efforts to find a cure. With approximately 510,000 individuals currently living with Alzheimerâ€™s disease, Florida has the second highest incidence of Alzheimerâ€™s in the nation â€“ only behind California. Florida is projected to have more than 720,000 individuals with Alzheimerâ€™s disease in the next 10 years. These figures do not include other forms of dementia or the hundreds of thousands who serve as caregivers. Florida seeks to lead the nation in response to the increasing incidence of dementia by implementing a statewide effort to become more dementia friendly â€“ taking action to support those diagnosed with dementia and their caregivers â€“ bettering communities and the state overall.
In April 2016, Department of Elder Affairs Secretary Sam Verghese announced Leon County and the City of Tallahassee as the first Dementia Caring Community in Florida.
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