Cynthia Canales has been with the Alzheimer’s Association-Florida Gulf Coast Chapter for 3 years and currently serves as a Program Specialist for Highlands, Hardee, Hendry, Glades and Polk County. Her responsibilities with the Alzheimer’s Association include providing support services to people living with Alzheimer’s disease or a memory related disorder and their caregivers, and educating the general population about Alzheimer’s disease and memory related disorders. Ms. Canales is certified as a State of Florida Alzheimer’s and Related Disorders Training Provider and staff leader for the Resources for Enhancing Alzheimer’s Caregiver Health (REACH program), a multicomponent psychosocial and behavioral training intervention for caregivers of patients with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia.
Ms. Canales received bachelors in psychology and served as a research assistant for the School of Aging Studies at the University of South Florida. In 2016, Ms. Canales earned her Masters of Social Work at the University of South Florida.