Late yesterday, Governor Brown signed AB 394 (Yamada and Grove) into law. This legislation extends the California Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders Research Fund for five years, until 2020. These check-off provides grant funding for critical research into the causes of, treatments and care for people living with Alzheimer’s disease and related forms of dementia.
These contributions have provided over $11.7 million in research funding since the check-off first appeared in 1987. To date, 112 studies have been funded through the competitive grant process administered by the California Department of Public Health. With more than 480,000 Californians 65 and older living with Alzheimer’s disease, as well as their 1.5 million unpaid caregivers, these studies are critical for furthering our understanding of this disease.
Thank you to each and every advocate that responded to an action alert to send emails to committee members and the Governor’s office. Your efforts help make a difference.