Alzheimer's Disease Assistance Center of Long Island
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The Alzheimer’s Disease Assistance Center of Long Island is a program of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science at Stony Brook University Medical Center. It is one of eight centers - all based in hospitals or universities - sponsored by the New York State Department of Health.
The Alzheimer’s Disease Assistance Center of Long Island was founded in 1988 to serve as a Center of Excellence for the diagnosis and care of Alzheimer’s Disease patients and to provide expert assistance to their families and caregivers. The Center brings the latest research findings and the most effective techniques to the people of Long Island.
Assistance for physicians
The Alzheimer’s Disease Assistance Center of Long Island assists primary care physicians with the diagnosis of Alzheimer’s Disease, the formulation of comprehensive care plans, and the management of complex cases, including referrals to specialty care. The Center can help physicians with difficult diagnoses, and can provide a second opinion to families who are unsure about the diagnosis of Alzheimer’s Disease.
Regional resource for information
The Center serves as a regional resource for up-to-date information about Alzheimer’s Disease, sponsoring a conference for health care professionals each November, and providing continuing professional education to workers in senior centers, assisted living facilities and nursing homes throughout the year. The Center has recently developed a Clearinghouse of Alzheimer’s Disease Information.
Resource for families
The Center is an important resource for family members who have come to depend on it as a reliable source of information, reassurance, and support. The Center’s weekly support groups for families, held concurrently with a separate group for people with Alzheimer’s Disease, provide welcome relief, camaraderie, and opportunities to share information and advice.