Alzheimer's Association

Our mission is 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. For over 35 years, the Alzheimer's Association has supported individuals and families struggling with this devastating disease. The Greater Sacramento Office is part of the Northern California and Northern Nevada Chapter, with 11 offices in our Chapter.

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Address: 1455 Response Road, Suite 190
Sacramento, CA 95815
County or Parish: Sacramento
Executive Director: Elizabeth Edgerly
Contact Email:
Primary Phone: 916-930-9080
Fax: 916-930-9085
Alzheimer's disease is the sixth leading cause death, affecting approximately one in nine of those over age 65 and one third of those aged 85+. In the early 1980s, the Alzheimer's Association evolved from a grassroots effort to support people on their difficult journey with Alzheimer's disease (AD). The development and growth of our programs has responded to the changing landscape of what we know about AD, improved diagnostic and care practices and the needs of local families over the disease progression. The Northern California Chapter was established in 1981 and our Greater Sacramento Area Office was founded in 1991. The Greater Sacramento Office serves an eight-county area: Amador, El Dorado, Nevada, Placer, Sacramento, San Joaquin, Stanislaus and Yolo. In 2016, the independent chapters merged under the umbrella of our national organization, so we are now one 501(c)(3), serving the entire country (and funding research globally).

This new model allows us to ensure that families throughout the nation will be able to receive a set of core services and that all chapters are fully engaged in our advocacy and research efforts. The goal of our merger is to help us move our mission forward at a faster pace as we seek an end to Alzheimer's and other dementias. The Alzheimer's Association continues to improve programs and systems to face this growing public health challenge. Chapters work under a nationwide strategic plan and standards to ensure that consistent, high-quality programs and services are delivered across the country. As part of one of the largest chapters in the country and a strong national organization, our local office benefits from shared administrative functions that free up staff to concentrate on program delivery. Our Sacramento area programs reflect the local needs and the resources available in our community.

Today, we remain an alliance of families and professionals dedicated to helping people with AD and their families through education, advocacy, support, and research. As catalysts for change, we provide comprehensive care and support; influence key decision-makers to ensure that policies and budgets are supportive of those coping with AD; and support the elimination of dementia through the advancement of research. Over the last several years, we have increased our emphasis on reaching diverse populations in this region and developing capacity to meet their specific needs.
Alzheimer's is the most expensive disease in America, with costs soaring past a quarter of a trillion dollars. In 2017, the direct costs to American society of caring for those with Alzheimer's totaled an estimated $259 billion. The average per-person Medicare spending for those with Alzheimer's and other dementias is more than three times higher than average per-person spending across all other seniors. Medicaid payments are 23 times higher. Unless something is done, in 2050, Alzheimer's will cost $1.1 trillion. Nearly one in every five Medicare dollars is spent on people with Alzheimer's. In 2050, it will be more than one in every three dollars.

Alzheimer's kills--and deaths have nearly doubled in the last 14 years. Alzheimer's disease is the 6th leading cause of death in the United States and the 5th leading cause of death for those aged 65 and older. Deaths from Alzheimer's increased 89% from 2000 to 2014, while deaths from other major diseases (including heart disease, stroke, breast and prostate cancer, and HIV/AIDS) decreased. Alzheimer's is the only cause of death among the top 10 in America that cannot be prevented, cured, or even slowed.
Our top needs:
  1. Funding: Program - Sponsors are needed for our larger education events and Walk to End Alzheimer's. Sponsorship levels vary, ranging from $400 to $7,500. Program Support: Smaller donations ($500 - $5,000) can help fund outreach and education efforts through offsetting costs.
  2. Funding: Program - Faith Outreach: When faced with Alzheimer's or other cognitive impairments, many families turn to their faith community for assistance. We would like to expand our work with faith communities by hiring a part-time staff person to lead our faith outreach.
  3. Funding: Other - Care Staff: Family Care Specialists provide care and support services to those with dementia and their families, through outreach, education, care consultations and service referrals. $78,000/year funds an additional full time Family Care Specialist.
  4. Funding: Unrestricted - Media Campaign: Funds are needed for a media campaign to promote the 10 signs of Alzheimer's and the need for early detection ($10,000-$40,000).
  5. Volunteers - We utilize volunteers in a variety of roles related to programs, fundraising, marketing, outreach, board service, etc. We also are continually seeking free spaces to hold education events or groups who would like to receive one of our educational presentations.
The Alzheimer's Association is the leading organization for Alzheimer's care and support. We are the only organization in our region that provides comprehensive education and support services to families dealing with Alzheimer's and other dementias, funds research internationally and advocates for improved policies at the federal, state and local levels. Due to the breadth and depth of our work, we are in an optimal position to convene organizations working with our constituents in other capacities. Through promotion of TrialMatch, our clinical trials matching service, we promote participation in research and offer opportunities to participate in clinical trials conducted by UC Davis and others in the area. Local researchers have also received grants through our national grants program. Over the past few years, we have grown the capacity of the Greater Sacramento office. Our increased outreach efforts have led to greater awareness and increased demand for our programs and services. We partner with many organizations and agencies throughout our community on education events and connections to each other's programs and services. Our location in the state capital gives us a prime opportunity to advocate on behalf of individuals with Alzheimer's and their families. Our region is a particularly diverse one. We recognize and respond to the needs and wishes of this diverse community, when it comes to coping with Alzheimer's, other cognitive impairments. Staff is engaged in specific outreach efforts for the Latino, African American, Asian/Pacific Islander, rural, and LGBT communities. We have also expanded our services which are available to individuals living with Alzheimer's or other dementias who are in the early stage of the disease. Our materials, programs and services are tailored to be sensitive and responsive to differences between communities. We are committed to continuing to ensure that we are available to help anyone in our region who would like our assistance. Sincerely, Elizabeth Edgerly, Ph.D. Executive Director