Since 1991, the UCLA Longevity Center has focused on helping people live better, longer. It achieves this mission through cutting-edge research, innovative education, comprehensive patient care, and effective community service. By translating scientific discoveries into practical applications, the Center has distinguished itself as a pioneering leader in the field of longevity and aging well.
The Center’s commitment to improving quality of life focuses on early detection and prevention of age-related maladies, including memory loss and cognitive decline. Research shows that age is the single greatest risk factor for developing memory loss. With Baby Boomers now beginning to turn 65, they are reaching the age when risk for Alzheimer’s disease climbs to 10 percent. According to the United States Census Bureau, by 2050, people 65 and over will comprise more than 20 percent of the U.S. population. Today, five-million-plus Americans suffer from Alzheimer’s disease—a number projected to triple in the next few decades. UCLA scientists and others will continue to pursue a cure. In the meantime, we have made great strides in our understanding of both genetic and non-genetic factors that impact Alzheimer’s risk, and current treatments are helping patients live productive lives much longer than ever before.
The Longevity Centers offers the following programs: