Gov. DeSantis highlights $12 million increase in funding for Alzheimer’s, dementia care

Conference held at assisted living facility

Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks on June 14, 2021, at The Shul of Bal Harbour in Surfside. (WPLG)

Jacksonville, Fla. – Gov. Ron DeSantis hosted a news conference Monday morning at an assisted living facility in Jacksonville to highlight funding for Alzheimer’s and dementia patient care and treatment in the state’s budget.

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The news conference was held at The Windsor at San Pablo at 4000 San Pablo Parkway in Jacksonville.

“Alzheimer’s is the most common cause of dementia, and the sixth leading cause of death in the state of Florida,” DeSantis said. “More people lose their lives to Alzheimer’s than breast cancer and prostate cancer combined.”

The governor said there is a more than $12 million increase in Alzheimer’s and dementia funding in the current Florida budget, bringing the total funding to $51 million.

“The budget continues to include $5 million for the Ed and Ethel Moore Alzheimer’s disease research program within the Department of Health, which awards grants for research relating to the prevention, diagnosis, treatment and cure of Alzheimer’s Disease,” DeSantis said. “Research right next door at the Mayo Clinic is funded through this program and offers educational and support programs, as well as opportunities, to participate in clinical trials and medical discoveries.”

The governor also declared June as Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month in Florida.

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Thomas Mates is a digital storyteller for News 6 and He also produces the podcast Florida Foodie. Thomas is originally from Northeastern Pennsylvania and worked in Portland, Oregon before moving to Central Florida in August 2018. He graduated from Temple University with a degree in Journalism in 2010.