The Alzheimer's Association released a new report stating the number of Californians with the debilitating disease will nearly double to 1.1 million by 2030, setting the stage for Alzheimer's care to be a state, and most likely a national, issue.
The influx of people who will afflicted with the disease will require more caregivers as well as more assisted-living communities dedicated to providing Alzheimer's care for people who may not be able to live on their own anymore.
"The numbers in this report don't lie," said State Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg.
"Policy makers will need to work with experts and community members on a plan to lessen the impact of Alzheimer's on our citizens, economy and healthcare systems."
Bill Fisher, CEO of the Alzheimer's Association in Northern California, said the state needs to create an Alzheimer's disease plan, to prepare for the financial strain and demand of the increase in patients.
While there is no cure for the condition, the association has urged older people to administer memory tests often, as early detection is the best defense against Alzheimer's. Also, some nutritional supplements as well as brain exercises have been shown to possibly help deter cognitive decline.