DeSantis: Florida Budget Gives Record Funding for Alzheimer’s

By Lydia Nusbaum, Florida's Voice

June 24, 2022 Updated 9:20 AM ET

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June 24, 2022 Updated 9:20 A.M. ET

FORT LAUDERDALE (FLV) – Gov. Ron DeSantis announced Thursday that Florida’s budget includes $52.3 million for the Alzheimer’s Disease Initiative Program.

It’s an increase of $12 million from the previous year. The Community Care for the Elderly Program saw an increase of $9 million over the previous year, bringing the total to $91.7 million. This budget provides a 60% increase in funding since the Governor took office in 2019.

“We are working to make sure that any Floridian suffering from this terrible disease can access resources while also supporting innovative technologies that will open up doors for Alzheimer’s and dementia patients in the future,” DeSantis said. 

The Governor announced that the final pillar of the five-part Dementia Action Plan, created in 2019, has been fulfilled with the establishment of the Florida Alzheimer’s Center for Excellence.

“From day one, Governor DeSantis has been dedicated to ensuring Florida is a place where citizens can live well and age well. This record funding and the establishment of the Florida Alzheimer’s Center of Excellence (FACE) show the administration’s continued support for investing in a better tomorrow for all Floridians,” said Department of Elder Affairs Secretary Michelle Branham.

The FACE program will help seniors and their families with early detection, early diagnosis, critical care planning, and support. FACE includes innovative partnerships like the one between INSIGHTEC and Florida universities to help find effective treatments for Alzheimer’s. 

“The urgency to meaningfully accelerate the pace of medical innovation in this area is clear,” said Maurice R. Ferre M.D., CEO and Chairman, INSIGHTEC. “Improving the lives of patient’s is core to our mission. I am confident that together, we will meaningfully advance the landscape for patients both now and into the future.”

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