Supporting Families in Our Community Affected by Alzheimer's

The Giving Coast

November is Alzheimer’s Awareness Month and National Caregivers Month. The Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimer's®, calls on participants of all ages and abilities to join the fight against the disease. Locally, the Walk to End Alzheimer’s is scheduled for 9 a.m., this Saturday, Nov. 20 at Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota. More than 400 residents are signed up to help focus attention and support on people in our community impacted by Alzheimer’s and dementia— both those with the disease and the people who care for them. We can support the event by registering to walk or donating to those who are walking.  Alzheimer’s disease and dementia have a huge impact on our community. Florida has the second highest incidence of Alzheimer’s in this country.

The Florida Gulf Coast Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association provides education and support to residents of 16 counties (including Sarasota and Manatee), where more than 175,000 families — not including snowbirds— are living with the disease. The Gulf Coast Chapter provides support groups for families living with Alzheimer’s, virtual education programs for caregivers, and raises awareness through programs like the Brain Bus, which provides statewide outreach. Using a computer, tablet, or smartphone, participants have access to information about the benefits of early detection, early diagnosis, brain health, risk reduction, how to receive an accurate diagnosis, and the latest advancements in Alzheimer's research. 

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