JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (FNN) – Governor Ron DeSantis highlighted his commitment to the prevention of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease during a press conference at an assisted living center in Jacksonville.
DeSantis noted that the 2021-2022 budget for Alzheimer’s research in the state budget was increased by $12 million, bringing the total to $51 million. He also reiterated that Florida is the only state with Alzheimer’s and dementia as part of its state health prioritites. The disease is the sixth leading cause of death in Florida, with an estimated 580,000 Floridian families affected by it.
It is estimated that 5.3% of all people between the ages of 65 and 74 have Alzheimer’s. That percentage increases 75% in people over 75.
So far, the state has completed 200 evaluations every year and trained 15,000 caregivers every year for its estimated 57,000 residents with Alzheimer’s in assited living facilities, like Windsor at San Pablo in Jacksonville, where the governor offered his press conference.
Juan Carlo Rodriguez is a politics and entertainment writer for Florida National News. | email@example.com