March 10, 2017
Dear State Legislators,
On behalf of the Florida Chapters of the Alzheimer’s Association, I write to garner your support to halt the reduction of funds in the DOEA budget supporting the statewide Memory Disorder Clinics. One of the foundational components of Florida’s Alzheimer’s Disease Initiative, this network of 15 regional Memory Disorder Clinics (MDCs) provide comprehensive assessments, diagnostic services, and treatment to individuals who exhibit symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. The clinics develop training programs and provide education on understanding and providing care to address the challenges of Alzheimer’s and dementia for family and direct service caregivers, respite care providers, and health care professionals in the care of persons with the diseases and the general public. The MDCs also participate in research toward effective treatments and an ultimate cure for Alzheimer’s disease. Included in these proposed cuts is the Alzheimer’s Association Memory Mobile offering services in the Florida Gulf Coast Area.
Much as the Alzheimer’s Association does as a non-profit entity, these facilities are vital to the well-being of the nearly 500,000 persons with Alzheimer’s disease in the state of Florida, which has the second highest incidence of the disease in the US. And according to the most recent report 2017 Fact and Figures, issued this week by the Alzheimer’s Association, that number is expected to increase significantly.
From July 1, 2015, to June 30, 2016, the Memory Disorder Clinics across the state completed 9,810 medical memory evaluations; saw 4,745 new patients, with 16,569 office visits made by patients and their caregivers. They provided 1,529 free memory screenings and 26,739 referrals were made to the medical or community services for patients and families who visited.
In the face of the Alzheimer’s public health crisis, we simply cannot do without the work of the Memory Disorder Clinics. We respectfully urge you to continue funding this vital health resource.
Kathryn E. Redington, CEO
for: Alzheimer’s Association
Central & North Florida Chapter // Florida Gulf Coast Chapter // Southeast Florida Chapter
“Although purple is the color of Alzheimer’s
Awareness, it is also the color that is
created when Red and Blue are together. As Republicans and Democrats, we must all unite to fight this devastating disease.”
–Rep. Scott Plakon and Rep. Matt Willhite
These senators are on the committee that will vote on the proposed budget cuts. Contact them to let them know the importance of these facilities and services in your community.