Florida’s Department of Elder Affairs expects to announce in September the first pilot community selected for development as a “Caring Community” under the new Dementia Care and Cure Initiative it announced at the recent Florida Conference on Aging.

The goals of the initiative are to increase awareness of dementia and available services and supports; assist communities with becoming more dementia-friendly; and advocate for programs that provide care and promote research efforts toward a cure. More than 510,000 people in the Sunshine State have Alzheimer’s disease, according to Samuel Verghese, the department’s secretary.