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Brooklyn Alzheimer's Disease Assistance Center


Health Center with Dr. Carl Cohen and Dr. Deas

The two videos of The Health Center Program present: Dr. Gerald Deas, M.D, Program Host, Dr. Carl I. Cohen, M.D, SUNY Distinguished Service Professor, Director of Brooklyn Alzheimer's Disease Assistance Center (BADAC), Ms. Lorna Walcott- Brown, M.S, Director of Social Services, and Ms. Ummulkhair Muhammed, MA, MS, Chair of Advisory Board BADAC and Caregiver. The discussions are about issues relating to diagnosis and care of Alzheimer's disease patients and services for patients and their caregivers at Brooklyn ADAC. BROOKLYN ADAC is located at SUNY Downstate Medical Center, 370 Lenox Road, corner of Lenox Road and New York Ave; the telephone number is 718-287-4806.

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left front:  Michael Harrell, SUNY Downstate Assistant Vice President for Community and Governmental Relations, Councilman Dr. Mathieu Eugene, Dr. Bharath Rughukultilak, geriatric fellow/medicine, left second row: Dr. Mirnova Ceide, geriatric fellow/psychiatry, Dr. Imran Khan, geriatric felllow/psychiatry, Joan Mc Gowan, dementia project assistant, Dr. Afshan Ranjha, geriatric fellow volunteer/medicine, Lorna Walcott-Brown, BADAC, Director of Social Services, left rear: Umi Muhammed, BADAC Board Chair, Dr. Carl Cohen, MD, Director of BADAC. Photo taken by Emmanuel Joseph

On March 22, 2012, Councilman Dr. Mathieu Eugene, accompanied  Mr. Michael Harrell, SUNY Downstate Medical Center, Assistant Vice President for Community and Governmental Relations, visited the Brooklyn Alzheimer’s Disease Assistance Center (BADAC). Dr. Carl Cohen, Director of BADAC,  explained BADAC’s mission and the need for additional services.  BADAC’s vision is to ensure that Brooklyn’s patients with dementia and their caregivers have access to quality services. BADAC welcomes the support of our elected officials and we look forward to future visits and collaborations.  



BADAC Board Meeting – February 2011

A dynamic meeting was held with BADAC Board Members on Feb 24, 2011. It was the first meeting this year and elected officials, community leaders and individuals were represented.

Attendees: Dr. Andreas Adams, Onyekachi (Kachi)Akoma, Lorraine Brooks, State Committeewoman Melba Brown, Dr. Una Clarke, Dr. Carl Cohen, MD, Catherine Cozzolino, Marguerite DeAbreu, Louis Ebarb, Father Felice, Joan McGowan, Sharen McKinney-Alston, Umi Muhammed, Christopher Nadeau, Kevin O'Mara, Maria Roca, Tina Salerno, Lorna Walcott-Brown, and Margaret Briggs. Call-ins: Dr. Warachal Faison, Deputy Yvonne Graham and Bruce Morrow (Cousin Brucie, American radio personality from Brooklyn and Radio Hall of Famer).

Favorable outcomes were: introductions to newest members, acceptance of proposal for Capital Funding Requests from the Brooklyn Borough President and NYC Council Delegations. The proposal will be in phases: Planning, Design, Demolition, Temporary Construction, and Replacement of BADAC. Notification for grant approval: April, 2011 - Borough President; July, 2011- City Council. Other discussions included exploration for program funding through: State and Foundations, AARP, Department of Mental Health, Department of the Aging, Dormitory Authority, grants for research, State Senators, Assembly Persons, NYC Council, Congresswomen Yvette Clarke's and Councilman Jumanne Williams' offices.

Upcoming events were highlighted: BADAC's journal, Odyssey: Poetry and Art From Life Journeys and BADAC's Fall Reception . All persons who would like to support BADAC as a board member and or place an ad in our journal, kindly call Umi Muhammed, Executive Director of the Board, (718) 270-1750.

BADAC Meets With Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz

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from left - Deputy Brooklyn Borough President, Yvonne Graham, Margeret Briggs, BADAC, Volunteer Fundraising Developer, Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, Dr, Carl Cohen, BADAC, Director, Umi Muhammed, BADAC, Executive Director of Board, Nannearl Blackshear, Brooklyn Borough President Office, Communications Associate/Community Liaison, Dr. Andreas Adams, BADAC, Director of Educational Services, Lorna Walcott- Brown, BADAC, Director of Social Services.

The BADAC staff continues to reach out to elected officials for guidance and support. The meeting on April 14, 2010 at the Brooklyn Borough President's Office solidified the support from Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz and his team. The outcomes were: commitment to attend board meetings, support for an application to the City Council for funding, and ongoing communication. The BADAC staff was pleased with the participation from the Brooklyn Borough President Office and the opportunity to develop a relationship with key officials to realize BADAC's mission and vision.

BADAC Staff Visits City Hall

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from left - Dr. Carl Cohen, Ms. Linda Gibbs, Deputy Mayor of Health and Human Services, Dr. George Casimir, Ms. Andrea Cohen, Director of Health Services, and Dr. Andreas Adams.

Deputy Major Patricia Harris arranged for Brooklyn Alzheimer's Disease Assistance Center staff to meet with Deputy Mayor Gibbs about expansion of Alzheimer's disease services in Brooklyn on January 26, 2010. We will continue the dialogue between the Deputy Mayor Gibbs' office and BADAC.

News Events 2009

  • The public health nurse and Dr. Andreas J. Adams, Director of Community Services, provided an in-service workshop to 45 Greek Orthodox clergy at the Holy Trinity Cathedral (74th Street between 1st and 2nd Avenues in Manhattan). This event was arranged by Very Reverend Eugene Pappas, President of the Clergy Fellowship. The clergy's' positive responses included "…was most informative and deeply appreciated. Our clergy left with a wealth of information."
  • On April 2nd, 2009, the 9th annual Dr. Flessas Memorial Lecture, a workshop, was sponsored by the Hellenic Medical Society and the Hellenic Link at the Holy Trinity Cathedral. Dr. Andreas Adams addressed the attendees on "The Non-Pharmacological Approaches to Managing the Alzheimer's Patient."
  • On Sunday, May 10th, 2009, a health fair was held at the Holy Trinity Cathedral, which was organized by the Committee on Inclusion Through Outreach and Education. Dr. Adams was an active participant in the committee's planning sessions. After the liturgy, there were exhibits and speakers on a variety of health issues such as physical disabilities, frailty, Alzheimer's, diabetes, and so forth. The attendees came from the various Greek-American communities of NYC, and their reactions were quite favorable.




Alzheimer's Association

National Institute on Aging (NIA) News and Updates about Alzheimer's Disease

Info Sheet About the Brooklyn Alzheimer's Disease Assistance Center