Physicians in Orange County will soon have more resources to manage their
patients’ cognitive health. Hoag Neurosciences Institute’s
Orange County Vital Brain Aging Program has been awarded a grant to develop
an online tool to address that issue.
The $132,000 grant by the UniHealth Foundation, combined with designated
philanthropic donations, will help the Orange County Vital Brain Aging
Program (Vital Brain Program) to create online-based continuing medical
education (CME) courses to help physicians learn more about cognitive
health management. The Vital Brain Program hopes to launch the program
in summer 2015.
One of the primary goals of the Vital Brain Program is to educate the
community and physicians about Alzheimer’s and other neurodegenerative
disorders that can produce irreversible cognitive impairment, increase
healthcare costs, and lower quality of life unless identified and treated early.
“We at the Vital Brain Program understand that primary care physicians
are on the frontlines in the battle against these insidious diseases,”
said William Shankle, MD, a board-certified neurologist and the Judy and
Richard Voltmer Chair in Memory and Cognitive Disorders Program at Hoag
Neurosciences Institute. “By helping physicians identify signs of
cognitive impairment early and by learning how to slow the progression
of the disease, we hope to help doctors help patients maintain brain health
through all stages of life.”
Among its many other services, the Vital Brain Program also offers in-person
memory assessment at four locations around the county, including Hoag
Neurosciences Institute in Newport Beach, Oasis Senior Center in Corona
Del Mar, Florence Sylvester Memorial Senior Center in Laguna Hills, Hoag
Hospital Irvine and Hoag Health Center Huntington Beach.
“By deepening the understanding of brain health and risk-factor
management among primary care physicians, this generous grant will allow
us to expand our mission of focusing on healthy brain aging by leveraging
our expertise to engage and support primary care physicians in managing
their patients,” said Dr. Shankle.
The UniHealth Foundation, based in Los Angeles, is a nonprofit philanthropic
organization whose mission is to support and facilitate activities that
significantly improve the health and well-being of individuals and communities
within its service area.
For more information about the Orange County Vital Brain Aging Program,
visitwww.OCBrain.org, and for more information about Hoag Neurosciences