Center of Excellence for Alzheimer's Disease (CEAD)
at SUNY Downstate Medical Center
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.
445 Lenox Road
Suite A3 474 (3rd floor)
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:
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.
• 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).
• Offers Telehealth services to conduct follow-up visits using internet services (V-See).
• Conducts educational programs, workshops and health fairs in the community: venues include churches, synagogues, mosques, senior centers, community agencies, housing projects, and homeless shelters.