The Orange County Vital Brain Aging Program

Mild memory loss or cognitive impairment (dementia) 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, Hoag Neurosciences Institute has started on a comprehensive approach to these problems through the Orange County Vital Brain Aging Program* launched in 2010, under the direction of William R. Shankle, M.S., M.D., Program Director, Memory & Cognitive Disorders, Hoag Neurosciences Institute.

The Orange County Vital Brain Aging Program 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:
For the past three years, we have been pleased to offer the screenings free of charge
through a grant from The UniHealth Foundation. The grant that funded the screenings is
expiring. Effective December 3, 2012, the screenings will be generously subsidized by
Hoag Neurosciences Institute and will be offered at a cost of $45.

In-person memory screening locations:

Hoag Conference Center
3900 W. Coast Highway, 3rd floor
Newport Beach, CA 92663
Please call 949-764-6288 to schedule an appointment.

Hoag Health Center Huntington Beach
19582 Beach Blvd., Suite 270
Huntington Beach, CA 92648
Please call 877-545-0635 to schedule an appointment.

Hoag Health Center Irvine (across the street from Hoag Hospital Irvine)
16305 Sand Canyon Ave., Suite 220
Irvine, CA 92618
Please call 949-764-6288 to schedule an appointment.

Oasis Senior Center
801 Narcissus Ave.
Corona Del Mar, CA 92625
Please call 877-545-0635 to schedule an appointment.


For more information, or to schedule an in-person screening, please visit The Orange County Vital Brain Aging Program website or call 877-545-0635. To find a physician who is currently testing in their office, please visit The Orange County Vital Brain Aging Program website.

*The Orange County Vital Brain Aging Program is supported by a grant to Hoag Neurosciences Institute from UniHealth Foundation, a non-profit 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.