BOCC Proclaims Aware for Alzheimer's Week
The Board of County Commissioners; Chairman Scott Carnahan, First Vice-Chairman Ron Kitchen, Second Vice-Chairman Jeff Kinnard, Brian Coleman and Jimmie T. Smith, are pictured with Left to Right: Nancy Suto, Citrus County Sheriff’s Office; Mary Blair Darling, Florida Ombudsman Program; Linda Boles, Find M. Friends; Debbie Selsavage, Alzheimer’s Family Organization
The Citrus County Board of County Commissioners presented a Proclamation at their regular meeting on October 10, 2017, proclaiming the week of October 15-22, 2017 as Citrus County Aware for Alzheimer’s Week.
Alzheimer ’s disease and other forms of dementia have become the health issue of our time. Alzheimer’s which is irreversible and currently incurable, afflicts 5 million Americans today. This figure is projected to grow to 16 million by 2050. It kills more than breast and prostate cancers combined.
The Alzheimer’s Family Organization (AFO), is a non-profit that serves eight west-central Florida counties, including Citrus County. Its mission is to support Alzheimer’s caregivers with knowledge, resources and support.
Citrus County, with 35% of its population over the age of 65 (twice the State average), will be especially impacted by the growth of Alzheimer’s. Many parties are working to confront this problem, both at the level of medical research to find a cure for the future, and at the level of improved care for those living with dementia today.
The Board of County Commissioners of Citrus County proclaims the week of October 15-22, 2017 as “Aware for Alzheimer’s Week” in Citrus County.