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The Vital Brain Program has been making a "great impact" in our community since 2010. It is a multi-disciplinary program promoting brain health across the county. The program engages community residents, physicians, county organizations, and industry partners.

The program goals are to:

  • Educate the public about how to optimally maintain brain health throughout life,
  • Support the local medical community to deliver state-of-the-art cognitive health care, and
  • Coordinate the efforts of community support organizations that promote healthy aging.

The program includes:

  • An online information portal serving as the program's hub.
  • A series of educational seminars offered for free to the public.
  • A physician education/support program to implement the highest standards of care in cognitive assessment and treatment.
  • Online resources for the public to identify, track, and reduce risk factors that threaten their cognitive health.
  • A community memory assessment and monitoring program for interested persons.
  • Full-time professional resources to counsel the public about risks for cognitive health decline, early detection of medical conditions that affect cognition, steps toward diagnosis, and appropriate treatment options for underlying causes of cognitive decline.
  • A referral service for directing the public to medical and community resources as needed.
  • A team of well-trained neurology specialists as a referral resource.


Our society is rapidly aging, and Orange County is not an exception. In 2020, approximately 16% of Orange County residents were aged 65 years and older. It is projected to be 24% in 2035 and 27% in 2045, being the only age group increasing in its population. As more adults reach retirement, our community will face a new set of challenges associated with aging including economic, lifestyle, cognitive health and Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders (ADRD). Currently, Orange County is not in a position to provide adequate support and care to meet the needs and challenges of this inevitably growing aging population. This underscores the importance of maintaining our cognitive health throughout our life.

Data Source: State of California, Department of Finance; Orange County Older Adult Profile 2016


Orange County Vital Brain Program (OCVBAP) has been making a great impact in our community since 2010, promoting brain health through (a) public and healthcare professional education, (b) self-assessment tools, (c) memory screening services, and (d) coordination of community resources and healthcare services as needed. The program and its components are consistent with the goals of the national and global strategies to combat Alzheimer's disease and related disorders.

Our program impact is included in the Pickup Family Neurosciences Institute Annual Report