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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.

    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)

The African American
Caregiving and Wellness Forum
Focusing on Brain Health and Disease Management

The Alzheimer’s Association, Alameda County - Area Agency on Aging, UC Davis Alzheimer’s Disease Center, Supervisor Keith Carson

Date: Saturday, April 25, 2015
Time: 8:30 am – 2:30 pm
Location: North Oakland Senior Center
5714 Martin Luther King Jr. Way
Oakland, CA 94609
This is a FREE event.
Register at
or call 800.272.3900.

Moderated by Miranda Wilson, former radio personality for KKSF


  • Dr. Malaika Singleton, Program Coordinator, California Alzheimer’s Disease Centers
  • Dr. Deborah Wafer, Medical Consultant and Nutritionist
  • Vanessa Brown, Social Worker, UC Davis Hospice and Bereavement
  • Dr. Rita Hargrave, Geriatric Psychiatrist, Veteran’s Administration in Martinez

For more information, please send an email to Gwen Gates ( or Alicia Okoh ( or call 800.272.3900.

Presentations from last year's 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. 

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 (

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

Alzheimer’s Association, La Clínica de la Raza, SEIU-ULTCW 
and The Unity Council present: Latino Caregiver Forum: If you are a caregiver, take care of yourself

Date: Saturday, March 14, 2015
Time: 8:30 am to 12:30 pm
Fruitvale San Antonio Senior Center
3301 E. 12th Street, Suite 201 Oakland, CA 94601

Program Topics:

  • What is dementia?
  • Managing caregiver stress
  • Enjoyable, distracting activities

This is a FREE event offered in SPANISH. A light breakfast and lunch will be served. Free parking between E. 12th Street and 36th avenue.

Registration is required.

For more information and to RSVP please call: 1.408.372.9934 or  1.510.701.3219

Fecha: Sabado 14 de marzo del 2015
Hora: 8:30 am a 12:30 pm
Fruitvale San Antonio Senior Center
3301 E. 12th Street, Suite 201
Oakland, CA 94601

Temas del taller:

  • Que es la demencia y problemas de la memoria
  • Manejo del estrés en el cuidador
  • Actividades que nos alegran y distraen Pérdida de memoria

Este evento es gratis y se ofrecerá
en español. Se ofrecerá un desayuno ligero. Estacionamiento gratis entre la E. 12th St  y la 36th ave.

Inscríbase para asegurar su lugar.
Para registrarse y para mas información llame a los telefonos:
1-408-372-9934  y 1-510-701-3219 



Cuidando con Respeto

Date: Saturday, March 21 and 28, 2015
Time: 9 am – 1 pm
Location: Regional Medical Center
225 North Jackson St.
San Jose 95116
Board room

Space is limited – registration is required. Please call Sandra Green at 1.408.372.9919 to reserve your space or to request more information.

A FREE two-day workshop taught in Spanish, for Latino family caregivers of older loved ones with memory loss

  • Learn about Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia
  • Learn about the different stages of this complicated disease
  • Learn ways to help your loved one and understand difficult behaviors
  • Learn to take care of yourself as a caregiver and to share your experiences

This is a two-part workshop – please plan to attend both sessions
Respite assistance availableDate:
Saturday, April 11, 2015

Día: Sábado, 21 y 28 de Marzo 2015
Hora: 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Local: Regional Medical Center
225 North Jackson St.
San Jose 95116
Board room

Un taller GRATIS en español para  familias Latinas que están cuidando a un ser querido con pérdida de la memoria.

  • Aprenda sobre la enfermedad de Alzheimer y demencias relacionadas
  • Aprenda sobre las diferentes etapas
  • Aprenda como ayudar a su ser querido y entienda sobre los comportamientos difíciles
  • Aprenda cómo cuidarse a usted mismo y comparta sus experiencias

Este es un taller que tiene dos sesiones – favor planee asistir a las dos sesiones
Ayuda financiera disponible para cubrir gastos de cuidado mientras usted asiste al taller


Latino Caregiver Forum: If you are a caregiver, take care of yourself

Saturday, April 11, 2015

10 am – 2 pm

Mayfair Community Center
2039 Kammerer Ave
San Jose, CA 95116

Program Topics:

  • Memory loss
  • Managing caregiver stress
  • Caregiver resources in the community

This is a FREE event offered in SPANISH. A light breakfast and lunch will be served. There will be zumba, mini support groups and raffle prizes.
Respite assistance available on site

To register and for more information, call Sandra Green at 800.272.3900 or 408.372.9919 or register at

Sábado 11 de Abril del 2015

Hora: 1
0 AM – 2 PM

Mayfair Community Center
2039 Kammerer Ave
San Jose, CA 95116

Todos son bienvenidos

Temas del taller:

  • Pérdida de memoria
  • Manejo del estrés en el cuidador
  • Recursos disponibles para el cuidador en la comunidad

Este evento es GRATIS y se presentará en ESPAÑOL. Se ofrecerá desayuno y almuerzo ligero. Habrá zumba, presentaciones de apoyo y rifa de premios.
Para registrarse y mayor información llame al 800.272.3900 o 408.372.9919 o regístrese en


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.





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.