The Alzheimer's Association leads the way to end Alzheimer's and all other dementia — by accelerating global research, driving risk reduction and early detection, and maximizing quality care and support.
Our mission is to eliminate Alzheimer's disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for those affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health.
Our Florida Gulf Coast Chapter is here to help. We provide education and support to all those facing Alzheimer’s and other dementias throughout our community, including those living with the disease, caregivers, health care professionals and families.
We are also committed to advocating for the needs and rights of those facing Alzheimer’s disease and advancing critical research toward methods of treatment, prevention and, ultimately, a cure.
The state of Florida has the second highest incidence of Alzheimer’s. Within the 16 counties that comprise the Florida Gulf Coast Chapter, the Florida Department of Elder Affairs estimates that in 2016 there were 177,489 people living with Alzheimer's disease. That means that 1 in every 33 people of all ages has Alzheimer’s disease in areas served by our chapter. These numbers do not include the snowbirds who reside in the region during the winter months.
The Florida Gulf Coast Chapter meets the challenge of such overwhelming numbers through a dedicated staff out of four regional offices and the Brain Bus, a mobile outreach initiative that serves rural and urban communities throughout Florida.