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The Alzheimer’s Association -San Diego / Imperial Chapter invites you to become an Alzheimer advocate. Join us and speak up for the needs and rights of people with Alzheimer’s disease and their families.

Add your voice to ours — become an advocate today.

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What is an advocate?

Alzheimer advocates play an important role in improving the quality of care and quality of life for people with Alzheimer’s disease and their families by working to improve dementia care and services; improve access to community-based care; improve quality care in residential settings; and expand funding for research and public programs serving people with dementia.

As an advocate, you will:

  • Receive regular updates about current legislative and public policy issues.
  • Stay on top of policy and legislative issues through alerts and updates.
  • Make calls or write to legislators to forward public policy priorities to improve quality of life for those living with Alzheimer’s.

California advocacy

By 2030, the number of 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. This report was the result of a year-long consultation process gathering input from people living with Alzheimer’s, family caregivers, and professionals working in the field. Over the course of the year, more than 2,500 individuals contributed to the dialogue that led to final goals, recommendations and strategies for the future.

Please take a moment to review the State Plan for yourself.

For more information about California legislative and policy issues and updates on the implementation of California’s State Plan for Alzheimer’s disease, please visit

Federal advocacy

For more information on how you can get involved, contact Shelita Weinfield at 858.966.3302 or email