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Center of Excellence for Alzheimer's Disease (CEAD)
at SUNY Downstate Medical Center

Programs and Services

Support groups for Caregivers:

Caregivers meet and discuss ways in which to support the family member with Alzheimer's disease; discussions include: Safe Return Bracelet, enlisting support from family members, ways to hold a family meeting, information about medical and non-traditional approaches such as spirituality, music and art. Caregivers also receive relevant materials and information as to how to nurture themselves.

Media Outreach

Periodically family caregivers and staff are interviewed on radio stations. Interviews have been held in Spanish on Radio Maria, a Hispanic Catholic Radio Program. The media format is used to give a clinical overview on Alzheimer's disease, and the physical and psychological consequences upon the caregiver. Caregivers relate individual experiences, and coping strategies. In addition, publishes newsletters to present updated research information on AD, current news events, and feature articles about gift giving and caregivers.

Patients Activities' Group

An activities' group for Alzheimer's patients and their caregivers is held. Activities include reminiscences / life review, interactive board games (checkers, Connect Four, UN game), bingo, arts and crafts, music and so on. Patients also dialogue with each other. The group also serves as a learning opportunity for home attendants / caregivers who hone their skills on engaging the patient.