San Diego County Launches Online Registry for At-Risk Alzheimer’s and Dementia Patients

The San Diego County Sheriff’s Department launched an innovative new website on Monday aimed at helping missing persons with Alzheimer’s or other cognitive disabilities be recovered by loved ones as soon as possible.

The new online registry is part of an expanded service called the “Take Me Home” project. It allows family members and caretakers to post photos and other pertinent information about the missing person to the site. That information is then accessible by all local law enforcement agencies in the county.

Families and caretakers can now register their loved ones online with ease. Previously, in order to participate in the program, they would have to fill out a printed form and return it to a sheriff’s station.

“Its just a big relief for me,” said Barbara Christensen, whose husband was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s last year. “For us, the hardest part was taking in the stress of this diagnosis and not having any help.”

In 2012, there were approximately 60,000 San Diego County residents living with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias. That figure is expected to rise to 94,000 by the year 2030.

Read more about the new Take Me Home website here.