Alzheimer's Disease Assistance Center (ADAC)
Innovative Leader in the Management of Alzheimer's Disease
The SUNY Upstate Medical University Program in Geriatrics has housed the Central New York Alzheimer's Disease Assistance Center (CNY ADAC) since 1988.
It has established itself as an innovative leader in the management of Alzheimer's disease
About the ADAC
In 1988, the Program in Geriatrics was one of the original recipients of the Central New York Alzheimer's Disease Assistance Center, which was established by the New York State Department of Health through a competitive process. Over time, the CNY ADAC has been identified by health professionals of all specialties and disciplines, patients, families, as well as the news media, as the most comprehensive program in the area for diagnosis, management and provision of educational services for Alzheimer's disease and related dementias.
The CNY ADAC currently has a staff that includes two full-time geriatricians who work in conjunction with a geriatric nurse practitioner, physician's assistant, social worker and a team of licensed practical nurses with expertise in geriatrics. Case management services are provided by our social worker with a particular emphasis on elders at risk, especially those who live alone or with frail caregivers. The CNY ADAC has a strong working relationship with Onondaga County Adult Protective Services, which identifies and refers elders, especially those with dementia, who are at risk because of the inability of the patient, family or other caregivers, to seek and comply with medical management.
An individualized care and management plan is developed for each patient, and depends on the disease stage, patient's level of function, and amount of support that is available. Referrals are made to appropriate community resources, such as adult day care, home care, respite or long term care, and the social worker follows each care plan so that it can be adjusted or revised, as needed. The goal of all treatments and care plans is to reduce the stress and burden Alzheimer's disease has on the patient and family.