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July 15, 2019

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President Galvano Appoints Leader Gibson to the Alzheimer’s Disease Advisory Committee

Tallahassee —

Senate President Bill Galvano (R-Bradenton) today announced the appointment of Senate Democratic Leader, Senator Audrey Gibson (D-Jacksonville), to the Alzheimer’s Disease Advisory Committee.

“The heart-wrenching and devastating impacts of Alzheimer’s disease are felt in families and communities across our state,” said President Galvano. “Leader Gibson has experienced the impacts of this horrible disease in her own family, and I know the Advisory Committee will benefit from her perspective. I appreciate her willingness to serve the Senate in this important role.”

House Bill 449, sponsored in the Senate by Senators Kelli Stargel (R-Lakeland) and Senator Gibson, revised the membership of the Alzheimer’s Disease Advisory Committee and requires the Department of Elder Affairs (DOEA) to collect and report pertinent information on the impact of Alzheimer’s disease in Florida. The bill, signed into law on June 27, 2019, requires the Committee to submit a report annually to the Governor and Legislature that includes information and recommendations on Alzheimer’s disease policy, state-funded efforts relating to Alzheimer’s disease, and updates to the Alzheimer’s disease state plan. The legislation also requires the DOEA to update the Alzheimer’s disease state plan triennially beginning on or before November 1, 2020, and establishes a memory disorder clinic at Miami Jewish Health Systems.