Alzheimer’s Resource Coordination Center (ARCC)

The Alzheimer’s Resource Coordination Center (ARCC), located within the Lieutenant Governor’s Office on Aging, was established by state legislation in 1994. The Center’s goal is to serve as a statewide focal point for coordination, service development, information, and education to assist persons with Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders (ADRD) and their families.

About the Issue

The U.S. Census Bureau projects that in 2030, South Carolina will be home to 1.1 million people over the age of 65, potentially propelling South Carolina to a ranking of 15th in the nation for the highest percentage of elderly residents. Increasing age is a leading risk factor for Alzheimer’s disease, and South Carolina’s rapidly growing older population presents a challenge to families, communities and those who plan and deliver services for the state.

Source: 2017 Annual Report: South Carolina Alzheimer’s Disease Registry. USC, Office for the Study of Aging.

Overview

86,000 South Carolinians are living with Alzheimer’s. That’s 11% of South Carolina’s seniors! By 2025, that number is projected to grow to 120,000 South Carolinians with Alzheimer’s.

Source: 2017 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures Report

In South Carolina, more than half of all adults providing unpaid care to loved ones with Alzheimer’s or another dementia have been doing so for at least two years. More than one-third of Alzheimer’s and dementia caregivers provide 20 or more hours of care per week.

Source: 2015 Behavioral Risk Factors Surveillance System – SC Caregiver Module

Alzheimer’s Resource Coordination Center (ARCC) Grants

Each February, the Alzheimer’s Resource Coordination Center (ARCC) announces grant funding availability for the upcoming State Fiscal Year (July – June). Applications are accepted for (1) respite care programs or (2) educational programs for families and caregivers of persons with dementia.


Successes

The SC Legislature has designated $150,000 for seed grants to be distributed by the ARCC each year. Grants awarded through the center assist local communities in developing programs to serve persons with dementia and their caregivers.

Alzheimer’s Resource Coordination Center (ARCC) Advisory Council

The ARCC Advisory Council is composed of Lt. Governor appointed members and is comprised of persons from agencies and organizations that have a special interest in Alzheimer's disease and related dementias.

What does the Advisory Council do?

  • Initiate the development of systems which coordinate the delivery of programs and services
  • Facilitate the coordination and integration of research, program development, planning and quality assurance
  • Identify potential users of services and gaps in the service delivery system and expand methods and resources to enhance statewide services
  • Serve as a resource for education, research and training and provide information and referral services
  • Provide technical assistance for the development of support groups and other local initiatives to serve individuals, families and caregivers
  • Recommend public policy concerning Alzheimer's disease and related disorders to state policymakers
  • Submit an annual report to the Joint Legislative Committee on Aging and to the General Assembly