California Alzheimer's Disease Centers (CADCs)
In 1984, the State of California established the Alzheimer’s Disease Program (ADP) through legislation that sought to:
Improve health care delivery to persons affected by Alzheimer’s disease and their caregivers
Provide training and education to health care professionals, students, patients, caregivers, and the community
Advance the diagnosis, treatment, prevention, and management of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.
To carry out this mandate, the Alzheimer’s Disease Program established a network of ten dementia care Centers of Excellence at California medical schools. These California Alzheimer’s Disease Centers (CADCs) effectively and efficiently improve AD health care delivery, provide specialized training and education to health care professionals and others, and advance the diagnosis and treatment of AD.
The CADCs also provide an important ongoing economic stimulus, attracting additional fiscal resources to meet the growing needs of Californian's affected by dementia. These include industry support for clinical trials and research; foundation and federal support for training programs, fellowships, and research grants; and private philanthropy.
The CADCs play a critical role in building a vital workforce for the growing needs of the state through training physicians, nurses, physician’s assistants, health care professionals and research investigators. Since 2000, over 541,000 professionals and students have received training and education at the centers.
Who provides these services at the Centers?
Services are provided by multi-disciplinary teams which may include neurologists, psychiatrists, physician assistants, psychologists, nurse specialists, neuropsychologists and social workers. Patients continue to see their private physician for primary care.
Who is eligible for these services?
Any individual with symptoms of memory loss, disorientation and confusion may contact one of the Centers for an evaluation. Patients may be self-referred or referred by a family member, private physician or community agency.
Are these services covered by insurance?
Most of the costs of the services and diagnostic tests are covered by insurance. Medicare, Medi-Cal and supplemental or private insurance are accepted. Unless prior arrangements for financial assistance are made with the Center, patients or their families are responsible for fees not covered by insurance.
Where are these Centers located?