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Media Fact Sheet - Greater San Franciso Bay Area
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Media Fact Sheet - Greater San Francisco Bay Area

Greater San Francisco Bay Area  

To eliminate Alzheimer's disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health.

Public Contact Helpline (24/7): 800-272-3900, or, (with Online Helpline)

The non-profit Alzheimer's Association is funded through individual contributions, foundation grants, corporate contributions and planned gifts. 

Media Contact  Patty Guinto, Communications Director, 650-623-3124 or
William Fisher, CEO, 650-962-8111 x. 1302

Approximately 500,000 Californians are afflicted with Alzheimer's or a related disorder. This estimate represents people with dementia, the most common being Alzheimer's. The Alzheimer's Association estimates that 5.2 million Americans have Alzheimer's disease in 2008. This number includes 5 million people age 65 and older.  It also includes at least 200,000 individuals younger than 65 with early-onset (or younger onset) Alzheimer's. The Alzheimer's Association estimates there could be up to 500,000 Americans younger than 65 with Alzheimer's or another dementia. Alzheimer's is the most frequent cause of dementia and as a proportion of dementia, Alzheimer's increases with age: 70 perscent of dementia cases for those age 71 and older, and 80 percent of al dementia cases for those age 90 and over.Other causes of dementia include Parkinson's disease, Lewy body disease, frontotemporal dementia and normal pressure hydrocephalus..

  • 13 percent, or one in eight, persons age 65 and over have Alzheimer's disease.
  • Nearly half of persons over age 85 have Alzheimer's disease.
  • Every 71 seconds, someone in America develops Alzheimer's disease; by mid-century, someone will develop Alzheimer's every 33 seconds.
  • Ten million American baby boomers will develop Alzheimer's
  • Alzheimer's disease is now the sixth leading cause of death in the U.S.

By 2050, when 78 million baby boomers will be at greatest risk, there will be a 300% increase in new cases – up to 16 million Americans will likely have Alzheimer's, unless a cure is found.  According to research, the Alzheimer's disease process may start 10 to 20 years before symptoms emerge.      




Estimates of county residents over age 65 afflicted with Alzheimer's (based on 1990 Census, not Census 2000 with its major jumps in projected new cases and not accounting for population influx).



By Year 2050




     Contra Costa



     San Francisco



     San Mateo



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The Alzheimer's Association is the national movement to defeat Alzheimer's and related dementias, and is the largest private funder of Alzheimer's research, including for important work in the Greater Bay Area.  In our +25 years, we have funded over $220 million in peer-reviewed Alzheimer's science.  Locally, the Alzheimer's Association provides information, support, referrals, education and training, advocacy and research.  Most services are free, including a 24/7 HELPLINE (800-272-3900), Web site with an Online Helpline (, a newsletter (circ: +60,000) and e-Newsletter, support groups, educational programs, and Family Connections follow ups.  Through our collaborative multicultural program, we have added services in Chinese, Spanish, and Vietnamese, and for African American communities in the East Bay.     




Alzheimer's Association

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