Florida has long been known as a great place retire, but now thanks to a new pilot program Orlando is looking to be a leader in the caregiving of our aging population.
Healthcare professionals, arts and wellness advocates, researchers, family and professional caregivers and higher education providers from around the country have convened in Orlando for the official launch of the National Center for Creative Aging’s new “Creative Caregiving Initiative.”
This new initiative, which is being piloted in Orlando, will provide a platform for family and professional caregivers of adults with Alzheimer’s disease and related cognitive disorders to learn from one another and share research-based caregiving exercises and creative resources to gain the confidence needed to flourish through the caregiving process.
It is only fitting that this program be piloted in Orlando as 10.5 percent of Orange County’s population is currently over the age of 65 with one in four households in Central Florida caring for an adult family member in their home.
We are proud the Creative Caregiving Initiative is being tested in Orlando in partnership with Share the Care, Inc. and UCF. It is our hope this pilot is successful in Orlando and will eventually be replicated in other communities, positively impacting caregivers nationwide.
– Buddy Dyer, Mayor