SHASTA COUNTY, Calif.- The state of California is investing $4.5 million dollars to combat dementia. The money comes from the Healthy Brain Initiative.
Shasta County is one of six counties to receive the money, receiving $750,000.
“My son-in-law's mother had it, my sister-in-law, and my mother in law had it,” said Shirley Roberts of Anderson. “It's sad, when they don’t know who you are and you're trying to talk them or they're trying to talk to you.”
Roberts watched loved ones suffer from dementia and it broke her heart.
“You could tell in her eyes that she was really sad,” said Roberts.
Through education, research, partnerships, and health care the state is stepping up to help.
“To have a program like this where they can tap into some of the resources as well as the care is needed is really huge,” said Sherry Mundt of The Vistas Assisted Living & Memory Care.
Numbers from the California Department of Public Health show, about 670,000 people suffer from dementia. Some with mild to very advanced symptoms.
Those in Redding say, the money will help.
“We need that because it’s a disease that everybody is going to get sooner or later,” said Roberts.
Other counties who also received funding include Los Angeles, Sacramento, Placer, Santa Clara, and San Diego Counties. Shasta County will receive the money three fiscal years.