Brooklyn Alzheimer's Disease Assistance Center (BADAC)
at SUNY Downstate Medical Center in Partnership with the Alzheimer's Association, NYC Chapter
Who to call?
To address any questions, make arrangements for an evaluation, learn about services, or to participate in our Caregiver Support Group, please contact Ms. Lorna Walcott-Brown at (718) 287-4806.
370 Lenox Road (corner of New York Ave)
Brooklyn, New York 11226
phone: 718-287-4806 • fax: 718-287-0337
What are AD and AD/D?
AD, Alzheimer's disease, or just Alzheimer's, is the most common dementia and accounts for 60% to 70% dementia cases. AD is a memory disorder that usually 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, disorientation, mood swings, loss of self care, and behavioral issues. Although current AD treatments and supports cannot stop AD from progressing, they can temporarily slow the dementia symptoms and improve quality of life for those with AD and their caregivers.
AD/D is referred to other dementias; they are:
What are BADAC services?
Since 1988, BADAC has provided the latest advances in diagnosis and treatment; established linkages between the university medical center and community agencies, physicians, and other professionals; and established educational and training programs for professional and laypersons to learn more about the care and treatment of dementia. The main BADAC site is in the Department of Psychiatry and the second site is located in the Department of Neurology.
Assessment and Diagnosis
All patients receive an initial 2 to 3 hour comprehensive assessment consisting of cognitive assessment, physical, neurological and psychiatric examination, and social service assessment. Caregivers are also interviewed extensively. Services are provided by psychiatrists, neurologists, geriatricians (fellows), dentists, and social workers. Patients are sent for laboratory panels and neuroimaging. There are staff who are fluent in Spanish, and Haitian-Creole, Greek, Urdu, and Russian.
Patients are seen typically on a 1 to 4 months basis depending on clinical needs. On the follow-up visits, patients are seen by a psychiatrist, geriatrician, and social worker. The social worker provides counseling and education to caregivers, with special emphasis on working with home attendants.
• BADAC provides assessments in the homes of patients that cannot come to our center. The outreach team consists of a psychiatrist, social worker, and geriatrician (fellow).
• Telehealth services is a new program to conduct follow-up visits using internet services (V-See). We are field-testing this technique with selected patients/caregivers who have access to the internet.
• BADAC conducts educational programs, workshops and health fairs in the community: venues include churches, synagogues, mosques, senior centers, community agencies, housing projects, and homeless shelters.
HELP SUPPORT BADAC
You can help support the ongoing research and clinical initiatives of the Brooklyn Alzheimer's Disease Assistance Center. Please visit the Giving Online page of SUNY Downstate Institutional Advancement & Philanthropy for more information. Be sure to select Brooklyn Alzheimer's Disease Assistance Center at SUNY Downstate from the drop down list. Thank you.