The California Council of the Alzheimer’s Association is affiliated with the national Alzheimer’s Association and is the vehicle for California’s five chapters to advance statewide public policy issues. The Council identifies and influences issues that demonstrate a direct, positive link to people living with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementia disorders and their families. Through the leadership of the California Council families drive policy decisions that impact persons with dementia, their families and caregivers.
The mission of the Alzheimer’s Association is to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health.
Alzheimer’s in California
In February 2009, the Alzheimer’s Association released Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures in California: Current Status and Future Projections – the first report of Alzheimer’s in our state.
- One in eight California Baby Boomers who reach age 55 will develop Alzheimer’s disease.
- In 2008, there were over 588,000 families in California living with Alzheimer’s disease. By 2030, this figure will rise to 1.1 million families.
- During the same time period, the number of Latino and Asian/Pacific Islanders living with the disease will triple.
- Alzheimer’s is now the sixth leading cause of death in California.
- Advocated for the passage of SB 1047 (Alquist), which implements a Silver Alert system in California to help find seniors that have gone missing under suspicious circumstances.
- Successfully worked with other organizations to save funding for the Caregiver Resource Centers, which Governor Brown had proposed to eliminate in his budget.
- Protected the In-Home Supportive Services Domestic & Related Services benefot from elimination.
- Brought 200 individuals from throughout the state to Sacramento to ask their Legislative representatives to protect funding for these two important resources.