Alzheimer’s Resource Coordination Center (ARCC)


The Alzheimer’s Resource Coordination Center (ARCC), located within the South Carolina Department 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 ADRD and their families.  The ARCC is guided by a Governor-appointed advisory council composed of representatives from state agencies, organizations, and caregivers who have a special interest in Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias (ADRD). The advisory council aids the ARCC in meeting its goals of:  

  • Initiating the development of systems which coordinate the delivery of programs and services
  • Facilitating the coordination and integration of research, program development, planning, and quality assurance
  • Identifying potential users of services and gaps in the service delivery system and expanding methods and resources to enhance statewide services
  • Serving as a resource for education, research, and training and providing information and referral services
  • Providing technical assistance for the development of support groups and other local initiatives to serve individuals, families, and caregivers
  • Recommending public policy concerning Alzheimer's disease and related disorders to state policymakers
  • Facilitating the coordination and integration of educational initiatives for healthcare providers on the importance and value of early detection and timely diagnosis of cognitive impairment, validated cognitive assessment tools, and increasing understanding and awareness of early warning signs of Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia and how to reduce the risk of cognitive decline.

The ARCC is staffed by the Dementia Coordinator whose role is to monitor the state’s service delivery system and work closely with the ARCC Advisory Council to develop a coordinated state-wide delivery system that caters to the needs of persons with ADRD, their families, caregivers, and communities. Additionally, the Dementia Coordinator is responsible for submitting an annual report to the Chairman of the Medical Affairs Committee of the Senate and the Chairman of the Medical, Military, Public, and Municipal Affairs Committee of the House of Representatives on the activities of the ARCC.  

The Facts

The 2023 Annual Report of the South Carolina Alzheimer’s Disease Registry reports that more than 122,699 South Carolinians are living with Alzheimer’s disease or related dementia. The report tracks information from January 1, 2020 through December 31, 2021, the most current years with available and comprehensive data. According to 2024 Alzheimer's Disease Facts and Figures, approximately 219,000 unpaid caregivers provided 361 million hours of care to these individuals. The Alzheimer’s Association report projects a 51% increase in the number of persons affected by Alzheimer’s disease and other related dementias between 2017 and 2050. With this growing population, the need for education and supportive services throughout the state increases as well.

One of the ways the South Carolina Legislature has helped address this need is by providing funds to the ARCC each year to support community-based organizations in the development of dementia-specific programs throughout the state.

ARCC Grants

Each year the ARCC receives $150,000 of state-appropriated funds to fulfill its mission. These funds are utilized to award dementia-specific grants for respite, education, and innovative programs for persons living with ADRD, their families, caregivers, and communities. Grants are awarded on a 2-year cycle. A total of 18 grants were awarded in July 2023 for the 2023-2024 grant period.

Since its establishment in 1995, the ARCC Grants Program has awarded over 360 grants to communities that provide essential services to individuals living with dementia, their families, caregivers, and communities. These services include dementia-specific respite, adult day programs, and educational programs that support the medical community, colleges and universities, first responders, and the general public. The ARCC grants have enabled more than 7,382 individuals living with Alzheimer's disease and related dementias (ADRD) to access respite care services and provided education services to over 68,843 participants. Moreover, since 2021, ARCC grants have supported the implementation of 11 innovative programs. These programs include virtual training for family caregivers, in-home activities that promote sustainability and independence in daily living for those with dementia, and technology that helps locate and safely return those with dementia who may have wandered from home.

During the 2022-2023 grant period, the ARCC awarded 13 grants for the development of respite, education, and innovative programs. Grant recipients reported that there were:

  • 13 Unduplicated Respite Participants
  • 1,778 Hours of Respite Provided
  • 47 Support Group Meetings
  • 3,171 Educational Participants
  • 1,789 Hours of Education
  • 5 Innovative Programs
  • 23 Individuals served by innovative programs    

Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias State Plan

The ARCC Advisory Council served as the representative coalition for the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control’s (DHEC) Division of Injury and Substance Abuse Prevention’s 2018 Building Our Largest Dementia (BOLD) Infrastructure for Alzheimer’s Grant. The BOLD grant aims to increase early detection and diagnosis, reduce risks, prevent avoidable hospitalizations, and support dementia caregiving. Work on the BOLD grant helped to develop the South Carolina Statewide Plan to Address Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias

The plan focuses on five principal goals, each associated with a list of actionable items:

  • Improve knowledge, understanding, and awareness of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementia by educating and empowering South Carolinians, including every person engaged in the continuum of care.
  • Support policy and advocacy efforts that improve the health and well-being of all people in South Carolina. 
  • Improve the quality of dementia care and ensure all people in South Carolina are able to access the resources, healthcare, and support they need to reduce the risk and all other issues related to ADRD.
  • Improve, expand, and develop multidimensional support and health promotion programs for professional and family caregivers and care partners. 
  • Improve access to, coordination, and use of ADRD data and resources statewide. 

The statewide plan will provide a blueprint for care for persons living with ADRD in South Carolina from 2023-2028. The goal of the ARCC is to update this plan every five years to ensure the plan is up-to-date with changing treatments, resources, statistics, and goals.

Contact Us:

To learn more about the ARCC contact the ARCC Dementia Coordinator at