Department of Elder Affairs Special Initiatives
Dementia Care and Cure Initiative (DCCI)
In August 2015, the Department 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 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. Learn more.
Silver Alert Program
Governor Rick Scott signed the Silver Alert Program Plan into law on June 24, 2011. Silver Alert is a plan to help law enforcement officers rescue persons with Alzheimerâ€™s disease, or a related disorder, who are driving a car and become lost. The public is informed about the missing person through dynamic message signs on the highway. These lighted message signs display the words â€śSilver Alertâ€ť along with the make, color and license tag number of the car being driven by the missing person. Learn more.
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