About The Alzheimer’s Project

The Alzheimer’s Project aims to address the devastating toll of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias in San Diego County. It brings together teams of experts and decision-makers that include members of our region’s top political leadership, research institutions, public universities, health care systems, caregiver groups, and other community organizations. Each of these teams convenes to discuss recommendations in four key focus areas of the initiative: 

 

Collaboration4Cure

 

Collaboration4Cure unites scientists and experts to identify strategies to support local Alzheimer’s research efforts towards finding a cure

Clinical Roundtable

 

The Clinical Roundtable brings together healthcare providers to discuss strategies to equip practitioners with the knowledge and resources necessary to improve medical care for those with dementia

Care Roundtable

 

The Care Roundtable calls together Alzheimer’s caregivers and senior care organizations to explore ways to improve the impact and delivery of services

Public Awarness & Education

 

Public Awareness & Education focuses on providing comprehensive, dementia-related information to all San Diegans through various communication channels to increase community knowledge of the disease and its impact on our region

 

 

The Alzheimer’s Project aligns with the Building Better Health and Living Safely components of the County of San Diego’s (County) 2019-2024 Strategic Plan, as well as the County’s  Live Well San Diego vision of a region that is Building Better Health, Living Safely, and Thriving. Efforts of The Alzheimer’s Project are also enhanced by components of Age Well San Diegothe County’s initiative to create age-friendly and dementia-friendly communities. Headway has been made on multiple fronts since the project launched; however, the number of people affected by this disease is projected to rise significantly.

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History

The Alzheimer’s project began in 2014 when Dianne Jacob, then Chairwoman, made a call to action to address the Alzheimer’s epidemic and its toll on families, communities, and health care systems. The County Supervisor turned the spotlight, in the 2014 State of the County address,  on the 60,000 San Diegans living with Alzheimer’s, the emotional and physical toll on caregivers, and the disease’s position as the third leading cause of death in the region. She highlighted the importance and need to develop a plan immediately to help ease the burden of Alzheimer’s and the need to support San Diego’s world-class researchers in their quest to find effective treatments and a cure.

Following Diane Jacob’s call to action, Supervisor Dave Roberts teamed up with her on the initiative. With unanimous support from the Board of Supervisors, The Alzheimer’s Project was born as a regional initiative on May 2014. Subsequently, several roundtable groups - focusing on cure, care, clinical and education/awareness issues - were established to craft a blueprint to address the burden of the disease. Project leaders completed an implementation roadmap and it was approved by the Board of Supervisors on March 2015. Over the past five years, roundtables led by a steering committee, continually convene to oversee the plan and track the region’s progress.

Today, The Alzheimer’s Project is an initiative moving vertically from educating the community to developing policies that address the challenges brought on by Alzheimer’s disease. Working all over the region, The Alzheimer’s Project collaborates with dedicated partners who continuously support researchers in their quest to find effective treatments and a cure for the growing number of San Diegans affected by this disease.

The Alzheimer’s Project has received national recognition for regional efforts in fighting Alzheimer’s disease by both the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging and the National Association of Counties. 

 

Project Milestones

  1. Spotlight on Alzheimer's Epidemic

    January 2014

    Then-Chairwoman Dianne Jacob turns spotlight on Alzheimer’s epidemic in her State of the County address

  2. The Alzheimer's Project Launches

    May 2014

    San Diego County Board of Supervisors unanimously vote to launch The Alzheimer’s Project

  3. SDSU Partner Receives $2.5M Grant

    July 2015

    $2.5M grant awarded to San Diego State University and other project partners by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program

  4. Alert System Helps Address Wandering

    September 2015

    A new type of alert for missing persons is added to the County of San Diego’s regional notification system, AlertSanDiego, to help address wandering of people living with Alzheimer’s and other at-risk individuals

  5. Cure Roundtable: Moving Forward

    October 2015

    The Cure Roundtable evolves into Collaboration4Cure, a local research fund to harvest ideas for a cure for Alzheimer’s

  6. Age Well San Diego: Towards Age Friendly and Dementia Friendly Communities

    March 2016

    San Diego County Board of Supervisors vote to apply to join AARP’s Network of Age-Friendly Communities and become a Dementia Friendly America community & San Diego County kicks off 5-year Age Well San Diego journey to promote age-friendly, dementia-friendly communities

  7. New Website Launches

    July 2016

    Website for The Alzheimer’s Project launches

  8. $1M Federal Grant to Enhance Services for Alzheimer's

    September 2016

    $1M federal grant awarded to the County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency to enhance services for Alzheimer’s

  9. New Physician Guidelines

    September 2016

    Clinical Roundtable finalizes booklet of guidelines for physicians working with people living with Alzheimer’s

  10. AlzDxRx Launches to Enhance Care

    July 2017

    The Clinical Roundtable launches AlzDxRx, a mobile app for Alzheimer’s that practitioners can use at point of care

  11. Alzheimer's Focused Prototype Mobile App

    November 2017

    The San Diego/Imperial Geriatric Education Center at San Diego State University develops prototype for mobile app to support law enforcement in situations involving people with Alzheimer’s

  12. Pilot Project for Specialized Response Approved

    December 2017

    San Diego County Board of Supervisors approves pilot project for specialized response for people living with Alzheimer’s

  13. Collaboration4Cure Partner Receives $1.3M NIH Grant

    April 2018

    $1.3M NIH grant awarded to Sanford Burnham Prebys Discovery Institute, a Collaboration4Cure partner

  14. Alzheimer’s Response Team (ART) Pilot Project & Dementia-Friendly Work Group Launches

    June 2018

    Dementia-Friendly work group forms to advance San Diego County as a dementia-friendly community and Alzheimer’s Response Team (ART) Pilot Project launches to address needs of seniors in crisis

  15. Physician Education Efforts Elevate

    July 2018

    Clinical Roundtable ramps up physician education efforts throughout the county

  16. Dementia-Friendly Efforts Highlighted Nationally

    October 2018

    County of San Diego dementia-friendly efforts highlighted at national public health conference and FIRST project begins service for clients with dementia

  17. Take Me Home Program Enrollment Increases

    December 2018

    Enrollment in Take Me Home Program surpasses 2,300; over 1,000 registrants identified as people living with dementia