A new initiative will study how widespread dementia is in Collier County. The goal is to look at the possible increases as more people move to area. That’s just the start. This program not only will find out how many people and caregivers are affected by dementia, but it will also help educate people about the disease. It’s something caregivers who have lost a love one say is critical.
Community leaders have begun the Dementia Care and Cure Initiative to better understand the disease in Collier County.
“It’s identifying it’s not a mental illness but rather a cognitive problem and to help people understand some of the behaviors you might see in someone with dementia,” said Jaclynn Faffer, who is head of the initiative and CEO of Naples Senior Center.