New Alzheimer’s Response Team Helps San Diego Seniors In Crisis

[Susan Murphy. IMG: San Diego County Supervisor Dianne Jacob stands with health officials and community leaders to announce a new Alzheimer's Response Team to help seniors in crisis, La Mesa, California, Dec. 5, 2018.]

Emergency officials and law enforcement officers are increasingly responding to calls about people with dementia in crisis. The degenerative brain disease can cause disruptive or sometimes violent behaviors.

Now, a new San Diego County-led Alzheimer’s Response Team, serving East County, is stepping in to steer people to appropriate services, instead of emergency rooms or jails.

The team is so effective it could expand to other regions, said County Supervisor Dianne Jacob, who gathered with health officials and community members on Wednesday to announced the progress.

"That’s what we’re here to announce today," Jacob said. "It’s working."

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Thursday, December 6, 2018