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Dementia Care and Cure Initiative: Developing Dementia Caring Communities Across Florida

Dementia Care and Cure Initiative: Developing Dementia Caring Communities Across Florida

The Dementia Care and Cure Initiative (DCCI) is a statewide effort for communities to become more dementia-friendly through awareness and education. DCCI welcomes and supports those diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and related dementias, their families, and caregivers.

With approximately 520,000 individuals currently living with Alzheimer’s disease, Florida has the second-highest incidence of Alzheimer’s in the nation. This number does not include individuals living with another form of dementia or those who currently provide care for a loved one with dementia. Dementia does not only affect the person diagnosed; it also impacts family and loved ones.

In collaboration with Florida’s Area Agencies on Aging and Memory Disorder Clinics, Sarasota is fortunate to have a DCCI Task Force in our community. The Sarasota DCCI Task Force has been actively working for the past year to create educational materials and recruit volunteers from within the aging network to be trained to teach the curriculum.

Volunteers are ready to get started with training local restaurants, bank, libraries or any other business interested in educating staff on how to best serve customers who are living with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias.

The DCCI Initiative is another positive step in creating an Age-Friendly Community #ForAllAges that empowers all people to live purposeful, active lives that promote inclusion and respect.

For more information on becoming a dementia caring business, please contact DCCI@elderaffiars.org or Danielle Valery at the Memory Disorder Clinic 941-917-7930.


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