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  • I had an opportunity to work at the USC-Rancho/Los Amigos CADC as a collaborative partner through the Alzheimer’s Association California Southland Chapter. My role was to assist monolingual Spanish speaking families, diagnosed with a dementia or MCI, connect with community resources and/or give them caregiver /patient education information. This experience proved to be extremely valuable on...

  • John Daly, MD, UCSD-San Diego CADC Medical Director

    I developed my interest in Geriatrics while rotating through the UCSD-San Diego CADC under the mentorship of Dr. Ed Jackson when I was a resident in Internal Medicine at UCSD. The experience at the UCSD-San Diego CADC was a major factor in my completing a Geriatric Medicine fellowship at UCSD with a special interest in dementia care.

    My career has progressed and I am now the medical...

  • Shamala Kanchan, MD, Stanford-Palo Alto CADC

    As part of my Stanford fellowship in Geriatric Psychiatry in 1994 to 1996, I was fortunate to have an extended rotation at the Stanford-Palo Alto CADC. This was a wonderful experience where I had the opportunity to work with the best teachers and observe their passion and dedication as they treated this difficult population. The training made me a confident clinician ready to work with...

  • I am a graduate student in clinical psychology and completed one year of neuropsychology training at the UC Irvine CADC. During my year of training, I had the opportunity to gain invaluable experience working in the growing field of geriatric neuropsychology. I had comprehensive training in administration, scoring, and interpretation of neuropsychological assessments, as well as an extensive...

  • 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 CADC, I observed teams that worked hard to deliver the correct diagnosis and the best care to every single patient. Over the course of a couple of appointments, the team extracts information from their neurological exam, brain imaging, and their...

  • “May I take this opportunity to thank you from the bottom of my heart once again on behalf of our family for a job well done. I have been thoroughly impressed from the beginning with the UC San Diego CADC Hispanic program for those patients afflicted with Alzheimer’s and related dementia diseases. But more so, impressed with the special attention and care our family received through the...

  • Had it not been for Helen [Davies] and our annual progress meetings and weekly support group at the Stanford-Palo Alto CADC, I would not be as far along in my knowledge of dementia, and the resources available to me as a caregiver. I am also able to call her when a challenging situation arises. Through her facilitation of the support group, the members became close and trusting of each other....

  • "A neurologist diagnosed my husband (AC) of 31 years with dementia in 2007, at the age of 64. The medical report stated that Alzheimer's Disease was the likely cause of the dementia. This diagnosis left our family with many questions that his neurologist and physician were not able answer.

    Thankfully, shortly after his diagnosis, we were referred to Helen Davies and the Stanford-Palo...

  • As California’s population grows and the number of people afflicted with Alzheimer’s Disease increases, it is critical that we find new and innovative outreach methods to train our professional workforce. The assembled expertise of the UCD-Sacramento CADC has been tapped to give an annual series of one hour lectures for primary care physicians to help them best serve and care for California's...

  • The Harry and Jeannette Weinberg Foundation, one of the largest private foundations in the United States, has awarded a Family and Informal Caregiver Support Program grant to support the creation of a Sacramento Asian Pacific Islander (API) Dementia Care Network, a joint project of the Asian Community Center of Sacramento (ACC), the Alzheimer’s Association, Northern California and Northern...

  • With a focus on health issues that are of particular interest in the African American community, the Wellness Forum on Healthy Aging was held in April of 2009 and featured presentations on brain health, hypertension, and diabetes. This day-long event was a partnership between the West Oakland Senior Center, the UCD-Sacramento CADC, and the UCD-Martinez CADC. The event drew more than 100...

  • Dani Binegar, PhD

    Dani Binegar, PhD recently completed her training as a Neuropsychology Resident at the UC Davis-Martinez CADC. She came to the CADC from University of Texas, Southwestern with the goal of gaining in depth knowledge of Alzheimer's disease and other disorders that affect mental function in older adults.

    Dr. Binegar says:

    “The Neuropsychology fellowship...

  • When Mr. Larson (assumed name) and his wife came to the UCD-Martinez Center he was in his middle 50s and had held a prestigious upper management job until he was dismissed for poor job performance some months previously. His primary care doctor had arranged for him to be evaluated by a community neurologist, and that doctor sent him on to see a psychiatrist. At the time he came to the Center...

  • The first ever Spanish-language “mini medical school” program, La Mini Escuela de Medicina en Espanol, was started on 2008. La Mini Escuela de Medicina en Espanol has become an annual event sponsored by the U.C. Davis Alzheimer’s Disease Center in collaboration with other groups at U.C. Davis, including the Center for Reducing Health Disparities and the Center for Healthy Aging.

    UC...

  • Stanford/Palo Alto VA Health Care System support group for MCI

    Early in 2001, my physician husband was diagnosed with Mild Cognitive Impairment. While we were not entirely surprised because of his family history, we felt we were unwilling passengers on a ship adrift at sea. What do we do now? We went home upset and anxious, irrationally expecting to see signs of full blown Alzheimer’s Disease in the upcoming weeks.

    While we waited for the worst to...

  • John Ringman, MD

    One of the most appealing aspects of the practice of medicine to me is that it provides the opportunity to establish a unique kind of relationship with persons from diverse corners of society. During medical school and residency the most rewarding patient encounters to me were those with patients and their families at public or county facilities. During these experiences I met people who I...

  • I first met Gloria, a 25 year-old woman of Mexican-American descent, when she brought her 42 year-old mother into the general neurology clinic at UC Irvine in 1999. This clinic, located at the UCI Medical Center in Orange, largely serves the un- and under-insured, including many predominantly Spanish-speaking Hispanic persons. Gloria's mother, like 50% of the members of her family, was...