Congratulations to Lama Alameddine, PsyD, Neuroscience Institute (NSI), the recipient of Alzheimer’s Champion Award: Community Partner of the Year 2018. The Alzheimer’s Association Washington State Chapter presented Dr. Alameddine with the award at the Discovery Conference on March 8, 2019.
Dr. Alameddine is a clinical neuropsychologist who specializes in movement disorders and dementias. To assist dementia patients and their families beyond diagnosing and medication management, she developed an NSI multidisciplinary program called Cognitive Health and Memory Patient Clinic (CHAMP). Dr. Alameddine promoted this plan to the Alzheimer’s Association because they are the most established organization with expertise and access to resources for this patient population, and they agreed to provide social worker support.
CHAMP focuses on the needs of patients and their families in a variety of different ways. For example, they enroll patients in grant-funded programs through the Alzheimer’s Association that helps them get in-home care, access to respite care, meals, transportation, etc. This clinic is the first of its kind in the state and is helping bridge the gap between families caring for loved ones with dementia who need support, while also fulfilling the mission of the Alzheimer’s Association in gaining access to those patients.