Alzheimer’s Disease Assistance Center of Long Island Awarded Five Year Grant

The Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science at Stony Brook University has been awarded a $450,000 grant by the New York State Department of Health to continue its Alzheimer’s Disease Assistance Center (ADAC) for the next five years. The Department has sponsored the ADAC of Long Island since 1988.

Department Chairman Mark Sedler, MD, who serves as the center’s Medical Director, said the grant will enable the department to continue providing advanced diagnostic services for the region. Darlene Jyringi, the ADAC Program Director, highlighted the educational activities and support groups sponsored by the center. “The grant calls for us to further develop our role as a regional clearinghouse for information about Alzheimer’s Disease and other dementias,” Ms. Jyringi said. “Our public education and community outreach programs will grow during the next few years.”

The center provides personalized information to caregivers of people with Alzheimer’s Disease and hosts weekly support groups for patients and caregivers. It conducts educational programs for professional providers and hosts an annual conference in the fall. This year’s conference is scheduled for November 4 at the Stony Brook Health Sciences Center.

The grant is one of eight awarded throughout the state after a competitive bidding process. Information about the ADAC can be found on the Department’s website.