Our History & Mission

Serving the San Diego community

Our Mission: To provide San Diego families with care and support, while advancing critical local research for a cure.

We are the go-to local resource

We are innovating and expanding services that truly make a difference in the lives of people suffering from Alzheimer’s disease— and the loved ones who care for them. More information on local programs and services.

San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer and County Supervisor Dianne Jacob were on hand to celebrate the community launch and sign unveil of Alzheimer’s San Diego on December 15th, 2015.

Our History


In late 2015,  the Board of the San Diego Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association® announced their decision to separate from the National Alzheimer’s Association®. Alzheimer’s San Diego, an independent local organization was formed in order to best serve those affected by Alzheimer’s and dementia in San Diego. The new entity, under the local team you know and trust, has taken over the programs and partnerships that the community has relied on for more than 35 years.

The decision to split from the National Alzheimer’s Association®  was necessitated when the National Alzheimer’s Association® voted to consolidate the independent chapters into a single nonprofit entity controlled from its Chicago headquarters.

The San Diego Board strongly believed that the takeover would have severely jeopardized the San Diego chapter’s ability to provide the quality and level of service the chapter has provided for more than three decades. The local governing board and all local decision making would have been turned over to individuals thousands of miles away in Chicago and all funds raised in San Diego would be sent out of our local community.

Alzheimer’s San Diego is steadfast in its mission to provide local families with the kind of innovative and compassionate support services that they need and deserve. As an independent organization, 100% of donations to Alzheimer’s San Diego will stay here in San Diego. 

“We passionately believe in our promise to our community — including the hundreds of generous donors who make our work possible. We are committed to doing whatever it takes to continuously improve the support we provide to San Diegans affected by Alzheimer’s as we push for a cure.”

– Mary Ball, President & CEO, Alzheimer’s San Diego

About our CEO

Mary Ball, President & Chief Executive Officer, brings versatile experience from leadership roles in business, government, and nonprofit sectors to an organization that serves the more than 60,000 individuals and their families who are battling the disease today in San Diego.

Ball has played a crucial role in the incredible progress San Diego has made to advance care and cure in our community.

Through her innate ability to inspire key community leaders to join the effort, and lead a team rooted in their commitment to serving families, Ball has helped build an incredible local momentum for addressing the Alzheimer’s epidemic in San Diego.