Alzheimer’s San Diego is here for you through the coronavirus pandemic. While our offices are currently closed until further notice, we are still providing the same free and compassionate support as always. Here’s how you can stay connected:

Supportive Counseling
Contact our dementia experts for free support and guidance Mon-Fri, 8:30 AM-5 PM.
Phone: 858.492.4400 | Email: info@alzsd.org | Live Chat: www.alzsd.org

Online Education
Join us for weekly webinars led by Director of Education Amy Abrams, MSW/MPH. View the schedule and watch previous online programs by clicking here >>

Virtual Support & Discussion Groups
We currently have moved 11 in-person support & discussion groups online…with more on the way. See the schedule by clicking here >>

Movement & Motion
Our Movement & Motion instructor has put together some easy exercises you can do at home. Watch the videos and keep your body moving by clicking here >>

Caregiver Resources

Caring for someone living with Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia can be challenging, even under the best of circumstances. Add worries about coronavirus and “social distancing” into the equation, and things get more complicated. To help, we are actively working on finding – and creating – resources to help you and your person adapt.

CDC recommendations for older adults

As of April 8, 2020: All 50 states have reported cases of coronavirus. Older people and people with severe chronic conditions should take special precautions because they are at higher risk of developing serious COVID-19 illness. These precautions include:

  • Stay home as much as possible and wash your hands often.
  • Avoid close contact (6 feet) with people who are sick.
  • Wear cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies).
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces.
  • Contact your healthcare provider to ask about obtaining extra necessary medications to have on hand.
  • Stock up on enough household items and groceries so that you will be prepared to stay at home for a period of time.
  • Consider ways of getting food brought to your house through family, social, or commercial networks.

San Diego County recommendations for older adults

As of April 8, 2020: A strong recommendation is made that all persons who are 65 years old or older, have a chronic underlying condition, or have a compromised immune system self-quarantine themselves at home. The general public will not be required to wear facial coverings but will be urged to do so when out in public. Medical-grade masks should not be used. See the full public health order by clicking here. On March 19th, Governor Gavin Newsom announced a statewide shelter-in-place order for all Californians. This order is not a lockdown. You are still able to go for a walk, pick up groceries and prescriptions, visit a doctor, and other essential tasks. But residents are asked to avoid all nonessential outings and stay home as much as possible. The general public will not be required to wear facial coverings, but will be urged to do so when out in public. Read the full order by clicking here.

General COVID-19 resources

Letter from the CEO (3/10/2020)

Alzheimer’s San Diego to cancel all group programs until further notice

To Alzheimer’s San Diego clients & partners:

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recently issued a warning that older adults avoid crowds and “stay home as much as possible” to reduce their risk of getting COVID-19 (coronavirus). Early data shows that older adults are nearly twice as likely to have a serious illness from the virus.

At Alzheimer’s San Diego, your health is our top priority. That is why I have made the decision to cancel all classes and group programs, until further notice. This includes:

  • Education classes & workshops
  • Support & discussion groups
  • Memory screenings
  • Social activities & outings
  • ALZ Companion respite visits

This is not something I do lightly, but as an organization, we believe it is the correct and responsible choice. This policy will continue until the CDC warning is lifted, but we are still here for you in the meantime. 

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You can reach us the following ways:

We will continue to provide the same level of compassionate guidance and support, but with the proper precautions in place! Find a list of resources below, including:

If you are enrolled in any of our affected programs, you should have already been contacted by a staff member, or will be contacted shortly. Thank you for your understanding.

Sincerely,

Eugenia L. Welch
President/CEO

See the full CDC warning: https://bit.ly/2W1u7vN