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Dementia Education Inc., a nonprofit based in Citrus County, has announced creation of the Citrus County Scent Kit Coalition, a public awareness initiative designed to promote the distribution and use of human scent preservation kits.

“Scent Kits,” as the devices are commonly called, enable bloodhounds to work more quickly and efficiently by providing them a pure scent of a person they are searching for.

More than 10,000 Scent Kits have been distributed in Citrus County and have featured in many successful bloodhound-assisted rescues.

While they are often used to safeguard individuals living with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia who wander and become lost, they are equally effective for people of any age, including schoolchildren.

“The Citrus County Scent Kit Coalition is a very simple idea. There are no dues and no requirements to join,” Dementia Education President Ed Youngblood said. “We are simply asking businesses and organizations to sign on as supporters of the use of Scent Kits to keep all of our citizens safe.”

Charter signatories to the Coalition are Find-M’ Friends, which trains bloodhounds for search and rescue, and Coping with Dementia LLC, which provides training for caregivers of individuals living with dementia. To learn more or to join the coalition, call Youngblood at 614-519-2843.

Dementia Education Inc.’s mission is to further public understanding of memory disease in ways that will result in better and more compassionate care for individuals living with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. The organization is dedicated to helping Citrus County become a recognized center for better dementia care practice, research and learning.

For more information about Dementia Education Inc., go to www.dementiaedu.org.

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