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Parkinson’s Disease Patients at Hoag Show their Artistic Side

Living with intention is a big thing for those who suffer from Parkinson’s disease. As automatic movements become more impaired, intentional movements become more critical. A group of several Parkinson’s patients at Hoag’s Pickup Family Neurosciences Institute have been attending the “Painting With Parkinson’s” program since it launched last July. The patients got to celebrate some … Read More
Published On: January 29, 2024

4 Tips to Avoid Holiday Heart Attacks

With holiday stress bursting like Santa’s sleigh and diet goals drowning in eggnog, it is little wonder that more people die from heart attacks during the last week of December than at any other time of the year. “With routines disrupted, people tend to eat and drink more and exercise and sleep less. Coupled with … Read More
Published On: December 22, 2023

Mindfulness: A Moment of Zen for the Holidays

Yes, the holidays are a wonderful and merry time, but they are equally known for the stress it can trigger from unresolved familial issues, financial stress, loneliness and battling crowds who take over shopping malls, freeways and grocery stores.   But Hoag Hospital Wellness Consultant, Anusha Wijeyakumar, MA, CPC, E-RYT, has a simple tip for … Read More
Published On: November 22, 2023

Fun with Friends is Good for You: How Social Connections Keep the Brain Young

Can socializing with friends be as healthy as going to the gym? As far as brain health is concerned, the research says “yes.” Moreover, maintaining social connections can help a person reduce their risk of cognitive decline and dementia. Conversely, research has shown that social isolation and loneliness are as harmful as smoking 15 cigarettes … Read More
Published On: November 15, 2023

Hoag Receives $50 Million Gift to Create One-of-a-Kind Center for Brain Health

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (Nov. 6, 2023) – Hoag today announced a transformational $50 million gift that will establish the Richard H. Pickup Center for Brain Health, a powerhouse of innovation that will pioneer new, whole family-centered approaches to brain health and healthy aging. Long-time Newport Beach philanthropist Richard Pickup has made numerous gifts to Hoag … Read More
Published On: November 6, 2023

$50 Million Gift Will Help Hoag Hospital Transform its Care of Memory and Cognitive Disorders

Hoag Hospital officials are announcing plans for a center at the Newport Beach campus that will “pioneer new, whole family-centered approaches to brain health and healthy aging.” A “transformational” $50 million gift from Newport Beach philanthropist Richard Pickup is helping establish the center, which will not only work on research and to improve gaps in care for … Read More
Published On: November 6, 2023

3 Steps to Take Charge of Your Brain Health

The secrets of the human brain are being unlocked at an exciting pace. We now have the first FDA-approved medication to fundamentally alter the biology of Alzheimer’s disease. In the next decade, it’s possible we will have vaccines to delay the onset of Alzheimer’s by decades. While pharmaceutical research opens an incredible new future for … Read More
Published On: November 1, 2023

Most People are Unaware They Have Mild Cognitive Impairment: The Common Symptoms

Small, everyday forgetfulness – not remembering why you walked into a room or not being able to find your phone – may seem to many like the normal process of aging. However, these lapses can sometimes be symptomatic of mild cognitive impairment (MCI), which itself can be an early sign of Alzheimer’s disease. Since it’s considered normal by … Read More
Published On: October 25, 2023

How to Help Families Through an Alzheimer’s Diagnosis

With the rise in Alzheimer’s disease in Orange County over the last decade, there is a good chance your family has been touched by dementia or mild cognitive decline. Alzheimer’s Orange County recently estimated that the number of people facing dementia has nearly doubled since 2014 locally, from 84,000 to 164,000 people. “The new data … Read More
Published On: June 21, 2023

Mental Health Experts Share Tips with CUSD Parents in Response to ‘Catastrophic’ Increase in Child Mental Health Statistics

During a webinar presented by mental health experts from Hoag Hospital’s ASPIRE program to CUSD families, a child psychiatrist shared some recently released statistics on child mental health issues. Dr. Sina Safahieh, a double-board certified child, adolescent, and adult psychiatrist and medical director of the ASPIRE Program at Hoag in Newport Beach and Irvine, said … Read More
Published On: June 9, 2023