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updated: Jul 24, 2010, 8:35 AM
By 2030, the number of Californians age 55 and older living with Alzheimer's disease will double - and the numbers of Latinos and Asian/Pacific Islanders living with the disease will triple.
A look at our local counties is even more staggering: The California Department of Finance Statistics reported in 2008 that by the year 2030, Santa Barbara County will see an increase in Alzheimer's disease of 62 percent; in San Luis Obispo County, the numbers will swell by 78 percent; and in Ventura County, the numbers will soar a whopping 110 percent.
So while you may not need us now, chances are you or a loved one will one day be affected by Alzheimer's or other dementia. And we'll be here for you.
The California Central Coast Chapter of the association provides services to people in San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara and Ventura counties. The chapter has regional offices in each county. Offering individual and group support, professional training and a lending library, the chapter is a gold mind of resources for patients and their families and loved ones.
This fall, the annual Memory Walk will take place all over the country, including in Ventura, Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties. The walk is our national signature event and brings together family, friends, caregivers and concerned community members - who all want to make a difference. Since 1989, Memory Walk has raised more than $200 million to help those battling Alzheimer's disease. You can sign up to participate by visiting ww.alz.org
In 1980, the National Institutes of Health invested just $13 million in Alzheimer research. Then, in 1982, President Ronald Reagan designated the first National Alzheimer's Disease Awareness Week. The Association founded more chapters and started its own research program.
Since the beginning, the vision of the association has never waivered: A world without Alzheimer's disease. Our mission 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.
We advance Alzheimer's research through a peer-reviewed research grants program. Since funding the first research grants in 1982, the Alzheimer's Association has awarded more than $265 million to scientists investigating the causes, treatment and prevention of Alzheimer's disease.
The Alzheimer's Association, today a multimillion-dollar organization, has been the catalyst and leader for a generation of advancements in Alzheimer research and care. The organization's achievements and progress in the field have given thousands of people a better quality of life and brought hope for millions more.
For more information, www.alz.org/CaCentralCoast
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