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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: The screenings were offered during an introductory period free of charge through a grant from The UniHealth Foundation. The screenings are now generously subsidized by Hoag Neurosciences Institute and offered at a cost of $45.


In-person memory screening locations:

Hoag Hospital Newport Beach

One Hoag Drive, 2nd floor, North tower

Newport Beach, CA 92663

Please call 877-545-0635 to schedule an appointment

Oasis Senior Center

801 Narcissus Ave.

Corona Del Mar, CA 92625

Please call 877-545-0635 to schedule an appointment

Hoag Hospital Irvine

Physician Office Building (located near the hospital)

16300 Sand Canyon Ave., Suite 301

Irvine, CA 92618

Please call 949-341-0307 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

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.