One of the 11 nationwide organizations, 'Alzheimer's Association of San Diego' has won a grant of $1 million to support and increase training for Alzheimer's in and around the city. The grants are part of a larger Prevention and Public Health Fund mandated by the Affordable Care Act.
The money will be utilized on increased training for first-responders who act first to the mentally challenged people in the community. The association has also planned to build standards of care, and training videos, for caregivers and residential facilities that will cover not only Alzheimer's but also developmental disabilities such as Down syndrome.
The organization has collaborated with the San Diego County Sheriff's Department, the UC San Diego Down Syndrome Program, the Alzheimer's Association of Orange County and nonprofit Noah Homes.
The city has recently pushed forward its Alzheimer's project on finding a cure for the disease through its local research institutions. About 60,000 San Diego County residents are living with Alzheimer's and the number is expected to increase dramatically over the next 20 years.