SUNY Downstate Medical Center
Center of Excellence for Alzheimer's Disease
Downstate Bay Ridge
9036 7th Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11228
Coney Island Hospital (coming soon)
2601 Ocean Parkway
Brooklyn, NY 11235
CEAD offers integrated, one-stop care for patients and caregivers that include geriatric psychiatrists, geriatric medicine specialists, a behavioral neurologist, medical assistant, social workers, care managers, and a neuropsychologist. Many of the staff are bi-lingual. The program serves as a training site for students, residents, and fellows in geriatric psychiatry and medicine. Satellite centers at DMC/Bay Ridge and Coney Island Hospital (coming soon) will serve the community.
In partnership with CaringKind, NYC, and Sunnyside Community Services. This CEAD is supported in part by a grant from the New York State Department of Health.
What is AD?
AD, Alzheimer's disease, or just Alzheimer's is the most common dementia (sometimes called "neurocognitive disorders"). It accounts for about two-thirds of cases although many cases are mixed types, such as AD and vascular dementia. Dementia often starts slowly and then worsens. The most common early symptom is difficulty in remembering recent events. As the disease advances, symptoms can include problems with language(understanding and/or expression), disorientation, difficulties in planning, decline in self-care, and behavioral issues such as agitation, delusions, hallucinations, sleep problems, or depression. Persons who are experiencing memory problems should seek dementia screening as early as possible.
Other Dementias in order of frequency:
Vascular dementia, Lewy Body Dementia and Frontotemporal Dementia. As noted above, in many instances the disorder may be a mixture of various dementias.
Vascular dementia may begin suddenly after a stroke or some conditions may be related to movement disorders such as Parkinson's disease or Lewy Body Dementia.
Other Neurological Disorders
Parkinson's with dementia, Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus, Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease, Supranuclear Palsy, Corticobasal Degeneration.
Recent evidence suggests that early treatment may result in better quality of life and increased longevity. Importantly, some dementias may be reversible or partially reversible such as those caused depression, medical conditions, low vitamin B12 or folate, low Vitamin D, neurological diseases, excessive medications, alcoholism or drug abuse.
Although current treatments and supports cannot stop dementia from progressing, treatment can temporarily slow the dementia symptoms and improve quality of life for those with dementia and their caregivers.
Programs and Services
- Initial comprehensive assessment consisting of cognitive, physical, neurological and psychiatric examination, and social service assessment.
- On-going treatment and follow up visits (1-4 months) for patients.
- Extensive supportive social services for patients and family members including care management
- Caregiver support and referral services
- Telehealth services
- Home visits
- Clinical trials opportunities
- Training of professionals and care providers in dementia care
- Outreach to the community health and social service agencies
- Educational programs for lay persons
- Staff who are fluent in Haitian-Creole, Spanish, Russian, Mandarin, Hindi, and Arabic.