By 2030, the number of all Californians 55 and older living with Alzheimer’s disease will double to 1.1 million. During the same time period, the number of Latinos and Asian-Pacific Islanders living with Alzheimer’s will triple. Current California Baby Boomers age 55 and older have a one in eight risk of developing the disease. Furthermore, while death from other chronic diseases is declining, death rates from Alzheimer’s have risen 66 percent since 2000.
Alzheimer’s disease will bankrupt California’s medical system in 20 years unless we act now.
On March 9th, 2011, the Alzheimer’s Association and California Health & Human Services Agency released the California State Plan for Alzheimer’s Disease. The State Plan provides a set of goals, recommendations and strategies to California policymakers that will help California forestall a financial and human tragedy of epic proportions.
Please take a moment to review the State Plan for yourself.