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
The 2013 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures outlines important information about the status of Alzheimer’s disease, both nationally and in California. In addition to noting that Alzheimer’s is now the 5th leading cause of death in California, it reported that:
- One in three seniors dies with Alzheimer’s or another dementia;
- Whereas the number of deaths attributed to other leading diseases decreased between 2000-2010, the number of deaths from Alzheimer’s increased 68%;
- Average per-person Medicare costs for a person with Alzheimer’s are almost three times higher than comparable payments for seniors without the disease, and per-person Medicaid costs are nineteen times higher; and
- One in eight California Baby Boomers who reach age 55 will develop Alzheimer’s disease.
- In 2012, more than 1.5 million unpaid caregivers provided over 1.7 billion hours of unpaid care, at an estimated economic value of nearly $21.5 billion.
- 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.