How Can We Help You?
The UCSF Memory and Aging Center provides diagnosis and care for patients and their families with cognitive problems. If you have concerns, talk to your doctor about a referral.
What is Dementia?
A number of problems can cause dementia symptoms. While Alzheimer's disease is the most common cause in older adults, some other diseases include frontotemporal dementia, vascular dementia and dementia with Lewy bodies.
Caregiving & Support
Being a caregiver can be both extremely rewarding and extremely challenging. Learning to take care of yourself, making small changes in your environment and behavior, and finding support can help.
Research & Clinical Trials
Research helps us to better understand a disease while clinical trials are designed to study the safety and effectiveness of new treatments.
Professional Training
The UCSF Memory and Aging Center provides professional training programs for medical students, nursing students, graduate students, interns, residents, postdoctoral students, and visiting professionals.
Bluefield Project to Cure Frontotemporal Dementia
The Bluefield Project to Cure Frontotemporal Dementia works to accelerate research to find a cure for frontotemporal dementia.
Tau Consortium
The Tau Consortium commissions world-class research and drug discovery to treat and prevent progressive supranuclear palsy and other tauopathies.
Global Brain Health Institute
The goal of GBHI is to mentor outstanding individuals who want to make a lasting impact on brain health both locally and globally.

If you have concerns about changes in your thinking, what do you do?

The clinical services at the Memory and Aging Center are focused on providing a diagnostic evaluation and treatment recommendations for neurodegenerative diseases. If you have questions about the process or would like to speak with someone about a referral, please call 415.353.2057.

If you have or someone you know has been given a diagnosis, what do you do next?

Learn About Dementia

Dementia is a syndrome that affects a person’s thinking, behavior or memory severely enough to impair the person’s daily functioning.

Learn About Dementia

Living with Dementia

Finding support and developing strategies to help with declining skills and changing behaviors can help people living with dementia.

Get Help and Support

Volunteer for Research

Clinical trials test the safety and effectiveness of treatments. The goal of observational research is to learn more about a particular disease.

Participate in Research


Thanks to advances in public health and socioeconomic factors, our elders represent the fastest growing age group worldwide. We celebrate this transition and the wealth of new opportunities to share the experience and wisdom of our elders.

While at the UCSF Memory and Aging Center we seek to understand and promote brain health over the lifespan, we must acknowledge and address the health issues that accompany aging. The risk of developing neurodegenerative disorders increases with age, and these conditions often require specialized care and treatment. The increasing demand for these services places a large strain on our healthcare system and can have a devastating impact on the lives of patients and their families.

Cutting-edge clinical research makes a huge impact on the lives of patients and caregivers now but also helps us to realize our vision of developing therapies to prevent these diseases in the future.

How You Can Help

Your contribution to the UCSF Memory and Aging Center directly enables us to offer the highest quality of compassionate clinical care for patients and family members seen by a multidisciplinary team of experts. Insurance and patient fees cover only a fraction of the cost for this personalized treatment.