Alzheimer's group launches effort to raise $2 million for new building

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) - With an increased need for client services, the Alzheimer's Disease Association of Kern County is hoping to relocate to a new headquarters where it can offer more help to more families who have loved ones who suffer from Alzheimer's.

"We need to raise $2 million for a new building so we can assist the more than 10,000 people in Kern County who are diagnosed with Alzheimer's or dementia," said Robin McGarrah with ADAKC.

A capital campaign officially kicked off Thursday evening with a fundraising dinner and auction held at a private home in the northeast. The keynote speaker was Michael Reagan, son of former President Ronald Reagan, who also suffered from Alzheimer's.

"There's a lot of families today who are fearful to even admit that a loved one has Alzheimer's disease," said Reagan.

ADACK currently operates out of a building at Olive Drive Church. But, it has outgrown that site and needs to relocate.

McGarrah said 10,041 people in Kern County have been diagnosed with Alzheimer's and the true number is probably much higher. But, people are reluctant to come forward, she said.

ADACK hopes to relocate to a site at Seven Oaks Business Park in the southwest at the corner of Campus Park Drive and Buena Vista Road.

For more information on ADACK, call (661) 393-8871.