OC Vital Brain at Hoag

Mild memory loss or cognitive impairment is now known to greatly increase the risk of developing dementia due to Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders (ADRD). Methods of prevention and treatment have been identified in recent research trials that might significantly delay both the onset of symptoms and the progression of Alzheimer’s disease. Early assessment may provide reassurance of healthy aging, or detect a problem in its earliest stages. Benefits of early detection include forestalling the progression of dementing illnesses to maintain quality of life, reducing long-term institutionalization, and reducing related health care costs.

To help combat the community’s fears of dementia, and the potential impact on health care given the progressive aging of our population, Pickup Family Neurosciences Institute has started on a comprehensive approach to these problems through OC Vital Brain* launched in 2010, under the direction of William R. Shankle, M.S., M.D., F.A.C.P., The Judy & Richard Voltmer Endowed Chair in Memory and Cognitive Disorders, Pickup Family Neurosciences Institute.

OC Vital Brain includes:

  • Free public educational seminars
  • Online resources to identify, track and reduce ADRD risk factors
  • In-person memory assessment screening at Hoag
  • Physician and community resources
  • Free monthly e-newsletter with the latest information on ADRD, news and upcoming event

*Fee for in-person screenings:
The screenings are generously subsidized by
Pickup Family Neurosciences Institute and are offered at a cost of $45.

Dr. Gregory Whitman

Cognitive Disorders

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