I had an opportunity to work at the USC-Rancho/Los Amigos CADC as a collaborative partner through the Alzheimer’s Association California Southland...
Contact CADC Program
Alzheimer's Disease Program, MS-7210
California Dept. of Public Health
PO Box 997377
Sacramento, CA 95899-7377
We would like to thank you and the entire UC San Diego CADC for the excellent evaluation you have done for my mother with the comprehensive...
Her eyes sparkle and she flashes a flirtatious smile as a volunteer guides her across the dance floor. Watching Adriana Trevino swing her hips to...
I had the great privilege of working alongside the clinicians and staff members of the UC Irvine CADC clinic during the summer of 2009. At the...
When you realize a family member has dementia you expect all the experts to know just what to do for your family member and how to treat them....
Providing Model Clinical Care
The CADCs are exemplars of model clinical care, benefiting the patients and their families, and the residents and students receiving training.
The patients receive an extensive assessment from an multidisciplinary clinical team that includes specialists from a wide-variety of disciplines who are available to participate in a patient's evaluation: neurology, neuropsychology, geriatrics, geropsychiatry, pharmacy, nursing, social work and speech pathology. The input of the caregiver is sought in every case. Because memory loss and other related symptoms are often multi-factorial and complex, a multidisciplinary and comprehensive evaluation is necessary for most patients. This comprehensive evaluation determines the cause or causes of the patient's symptoms, leading to treatment recommendations.
After the initial evaluation, the multidisciplinary team involved with each case hold a conference during which they discuss the diagnosis and potential treatments. Following this conference, the clinical team discuss their findings with the patient and the family.
The centers specialize in the diagnosis of patients with mild symptoms, the identification of specialized sub-populations among those with dementia, and the diagnosis of complex dementia cases referred from the community. The CADCs have been leaders in developing and applying innovations and technologies to enhance the detection and management of dementia, such as, novel imaging methods and new cognitive assessment instruments.
These activities have impacted and helped thousands of patients and families in California.