Path Set for Dealing with Alzheimer’s in California

An official 10-year state plan is slated to be released today that could change the way California handles coordination of care for people with Alzheimer’s.

We’ll have details in Capitol Desk at 10 a.m. today when state Senator Elaine Alquist (D-Santa Clara) is scheduled to release the document.

“This is the first state plan for Alzheimer’s since the 1980s,” according to Debra Cherry, executive vice president of the California Southland chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association.

“Since that time, we have seen tremendous growth in people affected by this disease,” Cherry said. “We were prompted to do this by the numbers, since the number of people with Alzheimer’s is going to double by 2030, and in some ethnic groups it will triple.”

More than half a million people in California have Alzheimer’s now, Cherry said.

Expected to join Alquist during release of the state plan today are Senator Mark Leno (D-San Francisco) and Assembly member Bonnie Lowenthal (D-Long Beach).

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