Alzheimer's Disease Research Centers of California(ARCCs)
How is California helping persons with Alzheimer's disease and their families?
In 1984, legislation was enacted which established the Alzheimer's Disease Program. The mission of the Program is to reduce the human burden and economic cost associated with Alzheimer's disease and related disorders, and to assist in ultimately discovering the cause and cure of these diseases by:
- providing diagnostic and treatment services
- improving the quality of care for persons with Alzheimer's disease
- providing education and support to the families of persons with Alzheimer's disease
- increasing and improving the training of health care professionals with respect to Alzheimer's disease
- increasing research to discover the cause of and cure for Alzheimer's disease
- collecting and analyzing accurate and standardized information relative to the disease
- translating research findings and technical advances into clinical practice, medical education, and the community
What are the Alzheimer's Disease Research Centers of California?
To accomplish the above objectives, the Alzheimer's Disease Program has established and administers ten ARCCs at university medical centers throughout California. These Centers are dedicated to improving the quality of life of persons affected with Alzheimer's disease and their families by providing:
- comprehensive assessment of individuals with memory problems, typically including medical, neurological, psychological and psychosocial evaluations
- in-home assessment of functional abilities and safety concerns
- family conference and treatment planning following the evaluation
- information and referrals to community health and social services
- appropriate follow-up
- support groups for caregivers
- training and education for professionals and lay audiences
- medical, pharmacological, social and behavioral research
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 the Alzheimer's Disease Research Centers of California located?