California Governor Launches Alzheimer's Task Force
Gavin Newsom, California’s new governor, gave his first State of the State this February. One area he focused on in his speech was the need to take care of California’s aging population.
California’s Master Plan on Aging
The number of seniors in California is expected to double in the next 25 years. In his address, Newsom proposed a “Master Plan on Aging” to tackle problems affecting California’s elderly, including the shortage of nurses and in-home services, isolated seniors and the “patchwork” nature of the state’s public services for seniors. These are many issues that directly contribute to elder abuse in California.
The Alzheimer’s Task Force
Newsom is bringing new attention to the problem of Alzheimer’s disease. He announced he was forming the Alzheimer’s Prevention and Preparedness Task Force. Maria Shriver, who used to be the First Lady of California, will head the task force. It will bring together scientists and thinkers to do ground-breaking research and will be funded with a budget of $3 million per year.
Two-thirds of people with Alzheimer’s are women. Researchers who get grants from the task force will tackle the problem of finding out why Alzheimer’s disproportionately affects women and people of color.
Maria Shriver’s Fight Against Alzheimer’s
Maria Shriver has been a passionate leader in the fight against Alzheimer’s since 2003 when her father was diagnosed with the disease. As the founder of The Women’s Alzheimer’s Movement, she helped educate the public and raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for research.
Shriver’s advocacy takes many forms. She wrote a best-selling children’s book to help kids understand what is happening if they have grandparents with the disease. She worked with HBO to produce an educational series. She partnered with other organizations to spread awareness throughout the country and around the world.
Shriver and Newsom are dedicated to bringing an end to Alzheimer’s, and they want California to be a leader in tackling this problem, which affects so many people.
Why Alzheimer’s Patients Become Victims of Elder Abuse
People with Alzheimer’s, unfortunately, are vulnerable to abuse. From financial scams to emotional or physical abuse, the elderly and patients with Alzheimer’s truly need additional resources and protection.
Contact a Los Angeles Elder Abuse Lawyer
If you ever suspect an elderly loved one or person with Alzheimer’s is suffering from abuse, a Los Angeles elder abuse lawyer can help. While the state of California is taking measures and devoting financial resources to better protect the elderly from abuse, our Los Angeles elder abuse lawyers can help in the meantime. We’ve devoted our lives to helping victims of elder abuse for years. Call the experienced and caring lawyers of Garcia & Artigliere at (800) 328-2630 for a free consultation.