UCLA Behavioral Neurology Program

Early-Onset (<65) Memory and Cognitive, Frontotemporal, or Atypical Disorders
Our program specializes in the diagnosis and management of focal, progressive, cognitive and neurobehavioral impairment. We see individuals whose worsening problems in the areas of memory, social skills, spatial perception, judgment and reasoning, word-finding, etc. especially with onset before the age of sixty-five.

Areas of Clinical Focus

  1. Early-onset or atypical Alzheimer's disease (also known as Young-onset Alzheimer's disease)
  2. Young-onset memory or cognitive difficulties beginning before 65 years of age
  3. Frontotemporal dementia/Frontotemporal degeneration (FTD)
  4. Rare, unusual, or focal cognitive disorders
  5. Semantic Dementia
  6. Progressive aphasia or other language and speech disorders
  7. Movement disorders with cognitive impairment (e.g., PSP, CBS/CBD))
  8. Unusual deficits in visual perception or visuospatial abilities
  9. Changes in social behavior or personality felt to be due to brain disease

Dr. Mario Mendez is a globally-recognized expert on early-onset behavioral and cognitive disorders, especially young/early-onset Alzheimer’s disease and the frontotemporal degeneration (FTD) syndromes.

The Behavioral Neurology Program at UCLA includes diagnostic evaluations, consultation regarding pharmacological and behavioral management, and research projects aimed at increasing knowledge about focal and young onset neurodegenerative disorders.

For urgent concerns, contact your primary care physician.
For symptoms occuring after a head injury or brain trauma,
call UCLA Neurological Services at 310-794-1195 for an appropriate referral.

Video Showcase

  • FTD

    Frontotemporal Dementia affects the part of the brain that governs social interaction. Dr. Mario Mendez explains.