Outreach

What is being done to inform people living with Alzheimer’s and other dementias, and the community about the diseases and help available?

A vital component of The Alzheimer’s Project’s is Public Outreach and Awareness.   This is a collaborative effort between Alzheimer’s San Diego and Aging & Independence Services’ Outreach and Education team and other community and media partners who are actively engaging in community outreach to educate and build awareness in the community. Chaired by Mary Ball, President/CEO of Alzheimer’s San Diego, this group was charged with developing an Alzheimer’s education and public awareness campaign focusing on:

 

  • What are the first signs of Alzheimer’s disease?
  • Exploring the possibility of presentations at County libraries and other facilities
  • Developing a plan for providing Alzheimer’s and other dementias training to public safety and social service personnel

"64 percent of people living with dementia feel isolated following diagnosis"

 

Elements of the awareness campaign are already underway with paid and earned media in San Diego Union Tribune and on KUSI and KFMB/CBS channel 8.

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Alzheimer’s San Diego continues its community programming and outreach by offering a variety of classes and workshops for those with memory loss concerns, families, caregivers and the community. Learn more, register for a class online or download a printable version of the education calendar.

Alzheimer’s San Diego has also been working closely with the In-Home Supportive Services Public Authority to assist in raising awareness of Alzheimer’s disease among care providers. Aging & Independence Services (AIS) continues to provide information to the community on Alzheimer’s disease, advanced directives for healthcare, and caregiving resources.  In order to increase awareness of end-of life issues, hospice and palliative programs for Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, AIS offered two “End of Life” educational events.

In addition, AIS added an outreach and education position to help support efforts to build community awareness on Alzheimer’s disease.  AIS staff developed a presentation titled ‘Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias’ to educate, engage, and build awareness of the early signs and symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. It encourages the importance of early detection, medication management and behavior management.  Other topics include common myths of Alzheimer’s disease, stages of the disease progression, safety measures for persons with dementia, risks associated with caregiving and the importance of accessing support and resources. To request a presentation please contact AIS' Community Unit Manager, Nancy Garcia, at Nancy.Garcia@sdcounty.ca.gov