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Northern California and Northern Nevada

Diversity and Inclusion Statement

At the Alzheimer’s Association, diversity is imperative and integral to our mission.  It is vital to what we do and a promise we make to those we serve.  Our team of dedicated professionals understands that valuing diversity and inclusiveness is critical to the success of our mission.

We seek to be inclusive of the millions of people currently affected by Alzheimer’s disease, their caregivers, and the communities in which they live. The Alzheimer’s Association views diversity broadly and includes considerations of, but not limited to, race, ethnicity, gender, age, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, regional, place or national origin, religion, language and persons with disabilities.

As the American population ages and becomes increasingly more diverse, the Alzheimer’s Association will expand its mission activities and initiatives to remain highly inclusive and meet the demand for culturally and linguistically sensitive information and increased awareness to persons living with the disease.

The Alzheimer’s Association will continue to cultivate relationships with diverse communities by sharing our time, talent, resources and exchanging ideas. As such, our diversity and inclusiveness charter will help us to fulfill our vision of a world without Alzheimer’s disease.

Now Avaliable: Interactive Brain Tour in Several Languages

African American

Learn about Alzheimer's and how it affects African American's on our National site here.

Find out about the resources available to African American individuals and families on our blog.

For upcoming education programs, contact Alicia Okoh, Community Outreach Specialist.  aokoh@alz.org.

Support Groups


Lunch and Learn (Potluck) for African American Caregivers
2nd Friday, 11 am to 1 pm
Date subject to change, please call to confirm 
North Oakland Senior Center
5714 Martin Luther King Jr. Way
Info:  AliciaOkoh, 1.925.284.7942

San Francisco

2nd Thursday, 1:00pm to 2:30pm
Jones United Methodist Church
1975 Post St. (at Steiner)
2nd Floor Conference Room
(Info: Robert Williams at 415.921.7653)

Presentations from the African American Caregiver Forum:

Keynote Research Update
Yaisa Andrews-Zwilling, PhD

Dealing with Difficult Behaviors
Heather Gray, MA

Ask the Experts Panel
Yaisa Andrews-Zwilling, PhD
Heather Gray, MA, Shirley Tucker Harris, MD
Rita Hargrave, MD, John Olichney, MD, Sharon Brown

When to Ask For Help Caregiver Panel
Alex Morris, MA-GRN
Sharon Brown

Am I At Risk Too?
Rita Hargrave, MD

Asian Outreach

Our Asian Web Portal!

For upcoming Chinese education programs, contact Peining Chang, Chinese Outreach Specialist.  peining.chang@alz.org 

New Chinese Newsletter:

Support Groups

Cantonese Speaking

San Francisco
3rd Wednesday, 5:00pm to 6:30pm
Self Help for the Elderly. Adult Day Care Services
408 22nd Ave.
(Call to confirm: 415.677.7556)

Mandarin Speaking

San Jose
John XXIII Multi-Services Center
195 E. San Fernando St.
(Peining Chang at 408.372.9943)

Japanese or English

San Jose
Yu-ai Kai, Japanese American Community Senior Center
588 N. 4th Street
(Wesley Kazuo Mukoyama, 408.294.2505)

Learning Circles:


The Alzheimer’s Association offers Learning Circles, a program designed to help caregivers seeking additional support and knowledge about Alzheimer’s disease. Learning Circles meet monthly and are facilitated by Community Ambassadors who are trained leaders with experience providing care for someone with dementia.

Learning Circles cover a variety of topics, including: managing difficult behaviors, legal and financial issues, medication management and caregiver self-care. In addition, Learning Circles are designed to help the attendees develop and learn effective caregiving techniques that are specific to their culture and community. Currently we offer a Chinese Learning Circle.
Please visit our calendar to see when the next Learning Circles are scheduled. For more information about Learning Circles, or to become an Alzheimer’s Association Community Ambassador, contact Craig A. Wingate (cwingate@alz.org).

Latino Outreach

Our Spanish Language Portal!
Read stories about caregiving and Alzheimer's from our Spanish language bloggers Sylvia and Linda here.

Support Groups  
Spanish Speaking

Café y Charla
1st Wednesday, 10:00am to 11:30am
Posada de Colores Senior Apartments
2221 Fruitvale Ave.

Telephone Support Group in Spanish
This program is free, and has no telephone charges.
DATE: Third Wednesday of the month
TIME: 7:00 - 8:30 PM
For more information and registration
call 800-272-3900 or 408.372.9900

LGBT Outreach

Support Groups

Caregiver support group for LGBT dementia family caregivers
4th Wednesday, 6:00 - 7:30 pm
Openhouse, Rm 306
1800 Market Street, San Francisco
Info: Erica Erney, LCSW 408.530.6906


Preparing for the Changing Horizon:
Dementia Awareness and Caregiving for LGBT Older Adults from Diverse Communities

Date: Frday, February 20, 2015
Time: 8:30 am - 4 pm
The Milton Marks Conference Center
455 Golden Gate Avenue
San Francisco

This education conference is designed for diverse Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Transgener caregivers and professionals interested in learning about the issues of dementia care in the LGBT community.

Featured Topics:

  • Health Equity and Aging Among LGBT Older Adults, Addressing Dementia Awareness and Priority Needs in Diverse Communities
  • Dementia Care: Considerations for LGBT Affirming Assessments, Support and Resource Provision
  • Living with Alzheimer’s – A Personal Perspective
  • Integrating Cultural Values, Beliefs and Practices into Dementia Care of LGBT Older Adults
  • Something for Your Wellness Toolkit

Click here to register

This event is cosponsored by Stanford Geriatric Education Center, Family Caregiver Alliance, Alzheimer’s Association, Northern California/Northern Nevada Chapter, UCSF Northern California Geriatric Education Center/Institute on Aging Consortium, and the County and City of San Francisco, Department of Aging and Adult Services.

Online Class

Basics of Alzheimer's and Dementia for LGBT Care Partners
Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias are not a normal part of aging. This webinar provides an overview about dementia and LGBT caregiving concerns. The featured speaker is David Troxel.

Online Support

AlzConnected: LGBT Community Allies Forum
Alzconnected members can connect and communicate with people who understand their unique challenges. They can pose questions anda-related issues, create public and private groups organized around a dedicated topic and contrubute to message boards. Alzconnected.org





Alzheimer's Association

Our vision is a world without Alzheimer's
Formed in 1980, the Alzheimer's Association is the world's leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer's care, support and research.