The Alzheimer’s Project is the San Diego County-led initiative to combat one of the largest public health challenges facing our region. Today, over 84,000 county residents are estimated to be living with Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia. That figure is projected to increase by more than 35 percent, to just over 115,000 people, by 2030. While Alzheimer’s is the sixth leading cause of death in the nation, it is the third leading cause in our county.

Alarmed by the growing toll of the disease on local families, taxpayers, health care providers and others, the San Diego County Board of Supervisors created the project in 2014. While other parts of the nation have launched similar initiatives, none appear to match the San Diego County effort in scale and ambition. Under the umbrella of The Alzheimer’s Project, our region’s top political leadership, research institutions, public universities, health care systems, caregiver groups and others are working as a team to help families and to do nothing less than find a cure.

The Project’s key goals:

  • Cure - enhance awareness, partnerships and funding for Alzheimer’s research
  • Care - improve services for those affected by the disease
  • Clinical – boost medical care for those with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia
  • Education/Awareness – conduct a multi-faceted education and public awareness campaign
  • Legislation - support state and federal legislation that increases funding for Alzheimer’s research and resources for caregivers, family members and others  
  • Funding - identify and pursue opportunities for additional resources to support The Alzheimer’s Project

The Project’s key reports and related background:

The Alzheimer’s Project: A Call to Arms

The Alzheimer’s Project: Annual Update 2016

The Alzheimer's Project: Annual Update 2017 

The Alzheimer's Project: Annual Update 2018

The Alzheimer's Project: Annual Update 2019

The Alzheimer’s Project supports the Live Well San Diego  vision of a San Diego region that is Building Better Health, Living Safely and Thriving. Live Well San Diego encompasses community engagement on all levels. It starts with individuals and families who are leading efforts to be healthy, safe and thriving and grows through County-community partnerships to convene working groups, conduct program activities, and leverage each other's resources and capabilities to improve the health, safety and overall well-being of residents throughout San Diego County.