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.
The California Council of the Alzheimer’s Association fulfills the
national Alzheimer’s Association mission.
Our priorities reflect the consensus of California’s five chapters and
20 local offices 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.
Alzheimer’s in California
2014 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
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.
2014 Advocacy Successes
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
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
Brought 200 individuals from throughout the state to Sacramento to ask their Legislative
representatives to protect funding for these two important resources.