Alzheimer's disease (AD) is a neurodegenerative disease of the brain that begins with the memory loss and progresses to total disability and death. At age 65, the risk of AD begins to increase rapidly, with the probability of AD and dementia doubling approximately every five years. Based on the demographics of the State of California, the impact of AD will increase dramatically in the next 20 years.
The 2009 "Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures in California: Current Status and Future Projections"  report details the broad and significant implications that the increased prevalence of Alzheimer’s disease and related conditions will have on California’s businesses, public programs, and affected families.
The growing numbers of individuals with Alzheimer’s will impact the people providing care — most significantly family members — emotionally, socially and financially.
figure source: The 2009 "Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures in California: Current Status and Future Projections"