California Alzheimer's Disease Centers (CADCs)
The California Alzheimer’s Disease Centers (CADCs) are a statewide network of ten dementia care Centers of Excellence at university medical schools, established by legislation in 1984. The CADCs effectively and efficiently improve dementia health care delivery, provide specialized training and education to health care professionals and others, and advance the diagnosis and treatment of dementia.
The CADCs also provide an important ongoing economic stimulus, attracting additional fiscal resources to meet the growing needs of Californians affected by dementia. These include industry and federal 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.
The CADCs serve the diverse population of California by providing culturally and linguistically appropriate care to Latinos, African-Americans, Asians and Pacific Islanders, and LGBT individuals. Community education and outreach are also provided by the CADCs in the form of lectures, workshops, forums, and support groups that are open to the public.
Clinical Services Provided
CADC patients receive a comprehensive assessment which may include medical, neurological, psychological, and psychosocial evaluations, laboratory tests, and neuroimaging such as MRI, CT, or PET scan. Services are provided by a multidisciplinary clinical team which may include neurologists, psychiatrists, physician assistants, psychologists, nurse specialists, neuropsychologists and social workers. Once the clinical team has determined the diagnosis, a conference will be scheduled for the patient, family members and others involved in the patient’s health care. Staff will discuss the evaluation results and treatment recommendations. Patients continue to see their private physician for primary care and treatment.
Eligibility and Referrals
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.
Payment for Services
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.
CADC patients and their caregivers may be invited to participate in research studies and/or clinical trials that focus on preventing, diagnosing, and treating dementia. Research participation is voluntary and not required.
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