Dementia Care and Cure Initiative
Jacksonville Task Force
DCCI is a group of community partners working to create a dementia-friendly Jacksonville to increase the quality of life for those affected by dementia.
The Dementia Care and Cure Initiative was created on behalf of the Department of Elder Affairs in 2015 to engage communities across the state to be more dementia-caring, promote better care for Floridians affected by dementia and support research efforts to find a cure.
In collaboration with Florida’s 11 Area Agencies on Aging and 17 Memory Disorder Clinics, participating DCCI communities organize Task Forces consisting of community professionals and stakeholders who work to bring education about, awareness of, and sensitivity regarding the needs of those affected by dementia. Jacksonville and Northeast Florida are a driving force in this effort. Duval county has nearly 10,000 residents living with dementia and roughly 20,000 more individuals are caregivers. These numbers continue to grow every year.
Together, the Caregiver Coalition and DCCI Jacksonville Task Force can further drive efforts supporting those living with dementia, including:
Education and awareness of what dementia is and on inclusive and respectful Dementia-Caring practices within the community;
Increasing awareness of services and resources for those living with dementia and their caregivers;
Working alongside the arts community to create engagement opportunities for those living with the disease and their caregivers.
To learn more about the Dementia Care and Cure Initiative, visit: https://elderaffairs.org/programs-services/bureau-of-elder-rights/dementia-care-cure-initiative/
To learn more about Dementia Friendly America, visit: https://www.dfamerica.org/