Upstate News

July 9, 2000
Darryl Geddes 315 464-4828

State approves $64,000 for CNY Alzheimer Disease Assistance Center

The Central New York Alzheimer’s Disease Assistance Center (ADAC), which treats more than 2,500 patients from 15 counties, has been awarded $64,000 from the New York State Department of Health to continue its operations for the coming year.

“The continued state funding acknowledges the importance this center plays in our region,” said Sharon Brangman, M.D., director of the program in geriatrics at SUNY Upstate Medical University, which operates the ADAC. “As more and more research suggests that greater numbers of the population will be afflicted with Alzheimer’s Disease, this center will become an even greater resource with its mission of treating and educating patients and families and researching new ways to treat this illness.”

The ADAC, located in University Health Care Center in Presidential Plaza, currently sees approximately 100 new patients each month with symptoms suggestive of a progressive dementia like Alzheimer’s and provides follow-up care to more than 2,500 patients and families.

In addition to seeing patients, the ADAC also develops various educational activities, including conferences, seminars, lectures and workshops by SUNY Upstate faculty, and sponsors an annual regional conference on Alzheimer’s for health professionals and caregivers.

The center also trains medical students and future health professionals, such as internal medicine residents, geriatric fellows, social workers, nurses and physician assistants.

Among the ADAC’s goals is to strengthen its partnership with the Central New York Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, to provide coordinated educational and support services to caregivers, share staff training and develop a joint internet site on local resources and educational opportunities. In addition, education specialists from the Alzheimer’s Association will be scheduled on site at the ADAC, to provide education and support to newly diagnosed patients and families.

The center also hopes to coordinate educational information and activities with the New York Statewide Resource Center for Geriatric Education, as well as the regional chapters of the Alzheimer’s Association to expand and maintain clearinghouse activities, and ensure cost effective, non duplicative services.

The ADAC was established in 1988.

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