The Department of Elder Affairs announced the Dementia Care and Cure Initiative (DCCI) in 2015 to engage communities across the state to be more dementia caring, promote better care for Floridians affected by dementia, and support research efforts to find a cure. Being a dementia-caring community means that there are services and supports in place to make that community hospitable to someone living with dementia, their care partners, and loved ones. We want those living with dementia to still play a vital role within their communities, and that each interaction they have while out will be a positive one, created out of respect and understanding.

Alzheimer’s disease is the most common type of dementia, and Florida has the second-highest incidence in the country, with approximately 560,000 individuals living with Alzheimer’s. This number is expected to increase to 720,000 by 2025, and these statistics are not inclusive of other forms of dementia, nor the hundreds of thousands who serve as unpaid care partners.

In collaboration with Florida’s 11 Area Agencies on Aging and 17 Memory Disorder Clinics, participating DCCI communities organize Task Forces consisting of community professionals and stakeholders who work to bring education about, awareness of, and sensitivity regarding the needs of those affected by dementia.

Memory Clinic Newsletters

February 2021

Brevard County Task Force Members

Sandy Stauffer

Program Manager

Memory Disorder Clinic

Health First Aging Services

 

Rebecca Osgood

Health First Aging Services

Theresa Russell, MA

Senior Human Services Program Specialist

DCF/Adult Protective Services

Timothy Timmermann, MBA, MPM

Executive Director

Brevard Alzheimer’s Foundation, Inc.

 

Anthony LoGalbo, Ph.D., ABPP-CN

Board Certified Clinical Neuropsychologist

Associate Professor, School of Psychology

Clinical Director of Concussion Management

Director of Clinical Neuropsychology and Research, Health First Memory Disorder Clinic

Florida Institute of Technology

 

Frank M. Webbe, Ph.D.

Professor Emeritus of Psychology and Behavior Analysis, Florida Tech Former Member and Chair

State of Florida Alzheimer’s Disease Advisory Committee, Founding Member and Former Chair

ISTAART Technology Professional Interest Area

 

Judy Kuhman

Community Volunteer Task Force Member