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Brain Health and Dementia

Florida Department of Health in Nassau County

Healthy Body, Healthy Brain 

“If you could give people information and tools that would delay the onset of cognitive impairment by a few years, you would be doing much to improve individuals’ quality of life as well as improving society.”                                           
 -Debra Cherry, PhD, Executive Vice President at Alzheimer's Greater Los Angeles
Nassau County Department of Health (DOH-Nassau) has established  the Nassau County Healthy Brain Road Map to better promote cognitive functioning, address cognitive impairment , help meet the needs of those with Alzheimer’s or related dementia and their caregivers and address the impact of Brain Health,  Alzheimer’s and other dementias on every aspect of community livability and health.

 Nassau County Healthy Brain Road Map will allow the Health Department and key community partners to expand our “observation lens” tied with planning, implementation, and evaluation of services to best support needs and set :

  • Prospects for Increased Healthy Brain and other dementia risk reduction
  • Resources for earlier diagnosis and clinical care at all stages of cognitive decline
  • Community Support for Brain Health and making our communities more resourceful, friendly and inclusive of those impacted by Alzheimer’s and other dementia.

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Healthy Body, Healthy Brain... For Everyone

The health of your brain is closely linked to the health of your body.  As a result, practicing healthy habits and actively managing your chronic conditions can go a long way in terms of protecting your brain.



Living with Dementia

Receiving a diagnosis of Alzheimer's or another dementia can leave you feeling scared, isolated, hopeless, anxious, and even angry.  It is normal to feel a wide range of emotions.  Know that you are joined by thousands of Floridians who share your diagnosis and understand what you are going through.



Resources for Health Care Professionals

A predicted 16 million Americans will have Alzheimer’s disease in 2050, dramatically impacting the lives of many Nassau County residents and their families. In addition to the emotional and financial stress diagnosed individuals and their caregivers face, the increasing numbers pose a significant burden on the health care system.



Support for Caregivers and Family

If you or someone close to you is impacted by Alzheimer’s or a related dementia, you are not alone. There are more than_______________ aged 65 and older who have diagnosed Alzheimer’s disease—the most common cause of dementia—and another 30,000 Vermonters who care for them.



Community Matters

Community plays a key role in creating support every step of the way, an inviting and warm atmosphere for those with Alzheimer’s and their caregivers. while also raising awareness and engagement throughout the places they work, worship, play, get an education and live.  That may be easier than you think.



DOH is committed to utilize our website as point of resource dissemination needed to connect individuals  impacted by Cognitive Decline, Alzheimer’s with adequate information, people and services

Please contact Barb Baptista, DOH Road Map Strategist, Community Engagement and Health Equity Liaison at 904-753- 1258 or

  • For more information on NASSAU COUNTY ROAD MAP
  • To offer material for the resource “library” below
  • To explore opportunities for collaboration
  • To participate in Healthy Brain Road Map community activities


The efforts of Nassau Brain Healthy Brain Road Map are guided by a Task Force Advisory Council of Agency representatives and Individual stakeholders and based on the National Alzheimer’s Association and the Center of Disease Control’s 2018-2023 Public Health Road map: