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The California Alzheimer's Disease Centers

In 1984, the State of California established the Alzheimer’s Disease Program (ADP) through legislation that sought to:

  • Improve health care delivery to persons affected by Alzheimer’s disease and their caregivers
  • Provide training and education to health care professionals, students, patients, caregivers and community
  • Advance diagnosis and treatment of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.

To carry out this mandate, the Alzheimer’s Disease Program established a network of ten dementia care Centers of Excellence at California medical schools. These California Alzheimer’s Disease Centers (CADCs) effectively and efficiently improve AD health care delivery, provide specialized training and education to health care professionals and others, and advance the diagnosis and treatment of AD. Learn more

The CADCs also provide an important ongoing economic stimulus, attracting additional fiscal resources to meet the growing needs of Californian's affected by dementia. These include industry support for clinical trials and research; foundation and federal support for training programs, fellowships, and research grants; and private philanthropy.Learn more

The CADCs play a critical role in building a vital workforce for the growing needs of the state through training physicians, nurses, physician’s assistants, health care professionals and research investigators. Since 2000, over 541,000 professionals and students have received training and education at the centers. Learn more