Alzheimer's disease is a type of dementia that causes problems with memory, thinking, and behavior. Symptoms usually develop slowly and get worse over time, becoming severe enough to interfere with daily tasks. Dementia is a general term for memory loss and other cognitive problems that are serious enough to interfere with daily life.
In 2019, approximately 660,000 Californians over 65 years of age were estimated to live with Alzheimer's disease, which accounted for approximately 11 percent of the nation's Alzheimer's disease prevalence (5.8 million people). Between 2019 and 2040 a doubling in the number of Californians living with Alzheimer's disease and related dementias is expected. This increase will affect all regions of the state across various demographic groups.
Currently there is no cure for Alzheimer's, but treatments for symptoms are available and research continues.
Use these tools to help promote Alzheimer's awareness. Learn more about Alzheimer's disease in California. Visit the CDPH Alzheimer's Disease information page.
Learn more about Alzheimer's Disease and Related Dementias Facts and Figures in California: Current Status and Future Projections, January 2020 (PDF) report.
Social Media Messaging
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Alzheimer's Awareness Social Media Messaging (PDF)
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