Thank you to all who joined us on Wednesday, September 13, at Riverside City Hall's Grier Pavilion for our 32nd Annual Dr. Robert H. Joseph Memorial Lecture, "Alzheimer’s: A Conversation Featuring a Panel of Experts.”

A special thank you to our sponsors, vendors, and community partners: Riverside Medical Clinic, Inland Empire Health Plan, Right At Home, Home Instead, Meridian, Inland Empire Magazine,  iHeart Media, Purple City Alliance, Anthony and Sharon Bellanca, Susan Carroll, Richard and Janet Joseph Fell, Donald and Darlynn Gregory, Dr. Fred and Barbara Havens, Georgia B. Huling, Eugene and Jan Nothnagel, Dr. Nathaniel and Barbara Olson, Chuck and Kathy Patton and Family, Dr. Richard and Karen Rosenberg, Johnnie and Nancy Shaffer, Dr. Lawrence and Lindsay Sharpe, and Dr. Frank and Toni Wong.

Highlights from our lecture:

In September 2017, the 32nd Annual Dr. Robert H. Joseph Memorial Lecture, "Alzheimer’s: A Conversation Featuring a Panel of Experts" was held at City Hall’s Grier Pavilion in Riverside, California.

Our panelists for the event were: 

Monica J Carson, Ph.D. is Professor and Chair of the Division of Biomedical Sciences at the University of California Riverside (UCR) School of Medicine. She also serves as the Director of UCR’s Center for Glial-Neuronal Interactions, as Editor-in-Chief for ASN NEURO, the official journal of the American Society for Neurochemistry as well as on multiple editorial boards for the primary trade journals in the fields of neuroscience and immunology. She is a member of multiple national and international scientific advisory boards for private and government based research on dementia, neuroinflammation, neurodegenerative diseases. Dr. Carson is the Past-President for the International Society for Neurochemistry as well as for the American Society for Neurochemistry.  Her research focuses on defining how ongoing interactions between brain and blood serve to maintain brain health at all stages of our lives and how disruptions in these blood-brain interactions contribute to the onset and severity of neurodevelopmental and neurodegenerative disorders.

Jane Mitchell, who found a deep love when she became a Hospice volunteer 15 years ago and connected with her patients, appreciating the daily joys in life. She takes into her heart the gifts her patients give her-of love, the value of each day, and reaching out to someone in need. Jane has the opportunity to work with patients who have dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease. She plans jewelry-making activities and designs pieces that are easy and fun to complete, providing important socialization and dexterity for the patients. Jane enjoys visiting, recognizing simple but profound memories of days gone by. Sharing her gift of story-telling, home-made treats and her passion for raising butterflies, she feels it is important to value seniors-especially those with dementia. They were there for us when they were vibrant and strong, now she is there for them.

Mary Hrinko, a Program Manager, for the Riverside County Office on Aging, Care Pathways Project under the Family Caregiver Support Program.   Her experience in social services spans over 20 years, including work with Riverside County and in the non-profit sector. Over 18 years have been spent in implementing Caregiver programs.  In 2010, she wrote a grant and has received ongoing funding from the Riverside University Health Systems – Behavioral Health (aka Department of Mental Health) to develop, implement and manage a psycho-educational program for family caregivers of older adults, with the intent to lower participant’s levels of depression and raise their coping skills. The Care Pathways program has been nationally recognized by n4a -National Association of Area Agencies on Aging with an Innovation Award and as a “Bright Idea” by Harvard’s Ash School for Democratic Governance and Innovation. 

Holly Herrald, the California Mentor and Regional Support for Meridian Senior Living and assists in training and onboarding new Directors in the Meridian family.  She is a Certified Dementia Practitioner and a student of the Validation Method created by Naomi Feil.  Holly oversees the Crown Cove Memory Care in beautiful Corona del Mar where she implements the Meridian Montessori Moments in Time Program and offers family support for transitioning loved ones to the Senior Living Environment.

Each brought their own expertise and unique perspectives to the questions brought forward by our attendees. Topics ranged from the relationship between genetics and Alzheimer’s to tangible ways to care for a loved one with the disease. Attendees walked away with knowledge gained and questions answered.