About the Longevity Center
Through its many programs, the UCLA Longevity Center (formerly the UCLA Center on Aging) promotes healthy aging lifestyles and strives to build a community that helps people live better, longer.
The Center operates within an esteemed academic institution that translates cutting-edge science and technology into useful applications. With interdisciplinary support from foremost specialists in Medicine, Dentistry, Biochemistry, Economics, Psychology, Social Welfare, and Public Health, we build on UCLA's recognized excellence in the care of older adults: U.S. News and World Report has named UCLA's geriatrics program one of the top two in America for the past 20 years.
Dr. David Solomon, a pioneer in academic geriatric medicine, founded the non-profit UCLA Longevity Center (originally the UCLA Center on Aging) in 1991. With the help of leaders in business, entertainment and medicine, the Center carries out its mission to educate the public on how to live better, longer.
In 1996, the Center named its current director, Dr. Gary Small, a memory research expert who innovated the use of PET scans in the early diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease. Dr. Small, the Board of Directors, Faculty and Staff come together to create information and dynamic programs integrating research, education and community involvement.
The Center's 20th Anniversary in 2011 marked a new era and a new name. The Longevity Center epithet signifies our continued commitment to fostering long, healthy life in all members of the community.