Mission: The alzheimer's association is the world's leading voluntary health organization in alzheimer's care, support and research. The san diego/imperial chapter is one of 76 alzheimer's association chapters in the country. Each chapter is locally governed and funded by the community it serves. Our mission is to eliminate alzheimer's disease through advancement of research, to provide and enhance care and support for all affected, and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health. Our vision is a world without alzheimer's disease.
Programs: Public awareness - the association has invested in education campaigns and initiatives to increase knowledge about alzheimer's disease and awareness of the association as a center of help and hope. Key messsages include the importance of early detection, resources for people with alzheimer's and their families and the societal impact of the disease. The association also engages people as champions to educate their communities and workplace.
family education - the association provides the most comprehensive source of support for those with alzheimer's disease and their caregivers, mostly family members. We offer a variety of educational programs to the community. These classes are designed for individuals facing alzheimer's as well as their families. All classes and workshops are free of charge unless otherwise stated. Our classes help participants understand the disease, what to expect, how to promote brain healthy living and proven strategies to assist families in planning and coping.
professional education - our dementia care training program is based upon the national dementia care practice recommendations. Participants learn care approaches through role playing exercises and lively discussions using realistic film clips and case studies. Our aim is to train health care providers to provide the best possible dementia care. These courses are designed specifically for the licensed health care professional. These community-based classes are geared to refresh or increase your care giving skills and earn continuing education units.
grass root advocates, nationwide, speak up for the needs and rights of people with alzheimer's and their families. Policy activities include collaborating with other chapters to improve quality care and raise awareness of key issues.
I have had a great experience with this organization! They are positive and wonderfully respectful of every caller or visitor who comes through the door. They have a great 24/7 Helpline if someone needs to call with questions about caring for their loved one with Alzheimer's, they educate families new to the disease about what to expect, and they have several support groups around San Diego and Imperial Counties. They are a caring group of people who are passionate about helping you! Many volunteers like myself have or had a loved one with Alzheimer's, and it is very rewarding to give to this organization that serves a cause so near to my heart.