Montefiore Health System announced that the New York State Department of Health has maintained its Center of Excellence for Alzheimer’s Disease (CEAD) designation with a five-year, $2.3 million grant to provide screening and care planning for people with memory impairments and their caregivers in the Hudson Valley.
The Montefiore CEAD is one of 10 in the state and promotes early diagnosis and evaluation by a team of neurologists, geriatricians, neuropsychologists and social workers to determine if an individual’s memory problems are caused by illness. Alzheimer’s, another form of dementia, or are the result of an unrelated medical condition. CEAD is based at Montefiore’s Center for the Aging Brain in Yonkers, which partners with multi-specialty practices in the Hudson Valley, resulting in more than 1,200 new diagnostic assessments in the region (over 1,000 others in the Bronx) in the past year alone.
“Early and accurate diagnosis provides benefits for both patients and caregivers, including education and financial, legal, medical and care planning; access to new treatment modalities and community support services,” said Dr. Jessica Zwerling, neurologist and director of the Montefiore CEAD, who is also a professor in the Saul R. Korey Department of Neurology at Albert Einstein College of Medicine . “Funding from the New York State Department of Health will help us expand specialized dementia training to more clinicians, psychologists, residents, nurses and social workers throughout the region.”
Photo: Dr. Jessica Zwerling