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Alzheimer's expected to double in California by 2030

With Alzheimer's expected to double in California in the next 15 years, leaders have put together a state action plan.

March 9, 2011 12:00:00 AM PST
With Alzheimer's disease expected to double in California in the next 15 years, state leaders have put together an action plan.

By 2030, the number of Californians age 55 and older living with Alzheimer's disease will double to 1.1 million. The increase will be even more dramatic among Asians and Latinos.

The state plan is intended to streamline government functions, reduce costs, and increase efficiency of existing resources.

"Alzheimer's will not just devour our memories," said State Senator Mark Leno (D-San Francisco). "It will also break our women, cripple our families, devastate our healthcare system and decimate the legacy of our generation."

State health officials say the disease affects more than just the patients. It could affect every Californian including family caregivers, employers and taxpayers.