Class 1 Module 3: The Importance of Diagnosis
Finding a Memory Disorders Research and Diagnostic Center in Your Geographic Area
The Alzheimer’s Association will give you the phone number for the chapter near you. The local chapter will provide you with information on diagnostic centers and possible physicians who specialize in diagnosing memory impairments in your geographic area.
Alzheimer’s Disease Education and Referral Center (ADEAR)
ADEAR is a service of the National Institute on Aging (NIA). The NIA is part of the Federal Government’s National Institutes of Health. The ADEAR Center provides information about Alzheimer’s disease, its impact on families and health professionals, and research into possible causes and cures.
The information specialist will be able to help you to:
• locate the nearest NIA funded Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center closest to you
• find answers to your questions about Alzheimer’s disease
• get information about the latest research findings on Alzheimer’s disease
• learn about studies of new treatments
• receive publications about Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders
Family Caregiver Alliance (FCA)
Contact FCA for the name and number of the California Caregiver Resource Center
(CRC) in your geographic area. The CRCs serve as a single point of entry to caregiver services offering families a full compliment of services, including specialized information and support, family consultation and care planning, legal/financial planning, educational programs and publications. All California residents have access to one of 11 CRCs, and all services are free or low cost.
California Alzheimer’s Disease Centers
The Alzheimer’s Research Centers provide services for memory-impaired persons and their families, including state-of-the-art diagnosis, treatment, education and research. There are 10 research centers in California that are partially funded by the California Department of Health Services. The locations and phone numbers are listed below.
Fresno: (559) 227-4810
Walnut Creek: (925) 357-6515
Palo Alto: (650) 858-3915
Sacramento: (916) 734-5496
San Francisco: (415) 353.2057
Irvine: (949) 824-5847
Los Angeles/UCLA: (310) 794-3665
San Diego/La Jolla: (858) 657-8540
USC/Los Angeles: (800) 872-2273
USC/Rancho Los Amigos/Downey: (562) 358-8130
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