Clinical Services

At the Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center (ADRC), we provide a wide range of services to individuals with Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and their caregivers. We offer support groups, comprehensive diagnostic evaluations, referrals for treatment, workshops for caregivers, counseling, and programs to educate and inform the general community about issues related to AD and healthy aging. In addition, we are pleased to provide a list of resources for patients and caregivers.

Support Groups

The ADRC offers several support groups for patients and their caregivers. We often form new groups and offer additional educational sessions. Any participant or family member interested in attending one of our meetings should first contact Mari Umpierre, PhD, who can also provide information about our counseling and other programs in English and Spanish or about programs and support in your community.

Our current schedule includes the following support groups for patients, family members, and caregivers in both English and Spanish.

This group teaches simple meditation techniques. Recent pilot study data demonstrated that daily meditation practices by family dementia caregivers can improve mental and cognitive functioning and lower levels of depression.

When: Every Friday 12:30 - 1:30 pm

Where: Annenberg Building located at 1468 Madison Avenue (enter via the Levy Library on the 11th floor then go downstairs to Room 10-68)

Cost: No charge

More Information: Please contact Mari Umpierre, PhD, at 212-659-8872

This Spanish language group for women provides tools and support related to depression and mild cognitive decline.

When: Wednesdays 11 am - Noon

Where: Mount Sinai Hospital, Geriatric Psychiatry Clinic

Cost: Covered by insurance. Please contact Sandra Cardenas at 212-659-9116 for more information.

More Information: Please contact Sandra Cardenas at 212-659-9116.

We teach stress management techniques and explore how to incorporate them into daily life. The group is jointly sponsored by ADRC, The Mount Sinai Alzheimer’s Disease Assistance Center, and The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America, in collaboration with Settlement Health.

When: The first and the third Monday of the month, from 11 am – 12:30 pm

Where: East Harlem, Settlement House, 212 E. 106th Street, third floor conference room

Cost: No charge 

More Information: Please contact Mari Umpierre, PhD at 212-659-8872

This Spanish language group offers tools and support related to anxiety and depression.

When: Friday 11 am - Noon

Where: Mount Sinai Hospital, Geriatric Psychiatry Clinic

Cost: Covered by insurance. Please contact Sandra Cardenas at 212-659-9116 for more information.

More Information: Please contact Sandra Cardenas.

Diagnosis and Evaluation

Early diagnosis of memory and other cognitive problems allows patients and their families to take advantage of the most effective treatments and get connected to supportive services and educational resources. We offer two ways to obtain a comprehensive diagnostic evaluation:

For those interested in the possibility of participating in clinical research, including studies for healthy elders and those with memory or other cognitive impairments, we conduct a comprehensive diagnostic work-up. This assessment includes an evaluation by a geriatric psychiatrist specializing in memory concerns, cognitive testing with a psychometrician, and a research blood draw. There is no charge. Our services include annual follow-up visits, communication with your primary care physician or other healthcare provider upon request, and eligibility for consideration for our research studies and clinical trials. We also invite participants to attend annual participant appreciation days and receive the ADRC newsletter. To learn more about research evaluations, call 212-241-8329.

Geared to those interested in a clinical evaluation of memory or other cognitive concerns, the Neuropsychological Testing and Evaluation Center offers assessment by senior faculty and doctoral-level trainees. The comprehensive neuropsychological evaluation includes taking a detailed history and two to three hours of paper-and-pencil tests administered in the office. We produce a comprehensive report for the referring provider and family, offering specific recommendations for further treatment or evaluation. We also provide referrals to other Mount Sinai or community providers made as necessary (e.g., neurologist, psychiatrist, social work, support groups) and to the ADRC, upon request. Our program is fee-for-service and accepts Medicare, Part B. We can work with other insurance plans with out-of-network benefits. To learn more about this center, call 212-241-9553 or 212-241-6088.

Helpful Resources

The following associations, blogs, and educational resources provide information, clinical trial listings, discussions, and support for patients, families, and caregivers.