DeSantis Signs Alzheimer’s Education Bill : NorthEscambia.com


Governor Ron DeSantis highlighted record funding for Alzheimer’s disease by signing a Senate bill to establish the READY (Ramping up Education of Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia for You) Act.

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

The Florida House version of the READY law was filed by District 1 Representative Michelle Salzman.

“My legislation will require community health clinics across the state to educate their patients about the signs and symptoms of early onset dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, as well as help them find resources for treatment and care. It’s a known fact that the earlier you are diagnosed, the better your future is and the more prepared your family is to help provide care,” Salzman said.

“Supporting Floridians suffering from Alzheimer’s disease and dementia is an important part of supporting our seniors,” DeSantis said. “We are working to ensure that any Floridian suffering from this terrible disease can access resources while supporting innovative technologies that will open doors for patients with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia in the future.

The Freedom First budget recently signed by DeSantis includes $52.3 million for the Alzheimer’s Initiative program, an increase of $12 million from the previous year. In addition, $91.7 million is included for the Community Care Program for the Elderly, an increase of $9 million from the previous year. This program helps seniors with functional impairments stay in the least restrictive environment that is best suited to their needs.

The signing of the bill took place in Fort Lauderdale.

Pictured: Florida House District 1 Representative Michelle Salzman, left, watches Governor Ron DeSantis sign the Stepping Up Alzheimer’s and Dementia Education for You (READY) Act during of a ceremony in Fort Lauderdale. Photo for NorthEscambia.com, click to enlarge.

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