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Early Memory Loss Forum
header spacer SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 17, 2013
Skirball Cultural Center

Planned by and for those
with early memory loss

Learn from experts in the fields of research, support, and self-care;
as well as peers living with
early memory loss.

Registration Deadline: November 14
The 2013 Forum is for:
those with early memory loss,
  mild cognitive impairment, early   stage dementia or Alzheimer's
their care partners & family
others interested in early mem. loss

Attendees will receive "take away" resources related to:
strategies for living well
planning for future considerations
relevant books and websites

8:00 Check-in, Continental Breakfast
9:00 Welcome: Val Zalvala
9:15 Keynote Address: Michael Pearson
9:45 New Developments in Alzheimer's Disease & Related Dementias: Edmond Teng, MD, PhD
10:15 Q & A Session
10:45 Break
11:00 Insights & Inspirations: Persons with Early Memory Loss
Noon Luncheon
1:15 First Workshop Sessions
2:30 Second Workshop Sessions
3:30 Adjourn


There will be eight, one-hour workshops offered in the afternoon; conference participants select two of these to attend. Workshops are presented by professionals, as well as people with early memory loss (sharing their personal experiences). Q & A follows each workshop.

The Latest Research Developments
Learn what's new in medical research and the value of clinical trials (how to enroll, and what clinical trials are currently taking place).

Living in the Here and Now

Explore mindful awareness techniques such as meditation as a way to reduce stress, relax the mind and body, and promote a greater awareness of the present moment.

Creative Stimulation for the Brain
Learn about regions of the brain and explore creative ways to keep these regions active and stimulated through games and activities

Where to Turn:
Resources & Support

Connect with local organizations and discover services offered for people
with early memory loss including
support groups, case management,
legal resources, and others.

Living with Younger Onset
Memory Loss & Cognitive Problems

Find meaningful support and programs for those under 65 living with memory loss and cognitive programs. Discuss specific challenges, including diagnosis, symptoms, and impact on work and family.

Living Life to the Fullest:
Connecting & Having Fun

Explore engaging activities in the community that are fun, social, and appropriate for people with early memory loss.

Memories in the Making
Unleash your creativity and express yourself by experiencing a fine arts program designed for people with memory loss. Participants create a painting of their own, capturing precious moments through art.

Talking Together:
New Ways to Communicate

Feel empowered to express yourself through specific communication techniques. Address communication challenges that may occur in everyday situations and also explore ways to disclose memory loss to others.



EMLF Planning Committee (l to r):

Jonathan Blumberg
(diagnosed 2012)
Serge Morales (care partner)
Susan Franklin
(diagnosed 2007)
Gary Bricker (diagnosed 2012)
Lisa Bricker (care partner)
Winston Greene (care partner)
Pansy Greene (diagnosed 2010)

"I now realize I am not alone on this journey and there is help out there for me and others with this condition. With renewed faith and this support, I am able to get through life's challenges."
— Pansy Greene

"In safe, supportive groups, the Forum helps those with memory loss to feel less stuck, understand what is happening, what you face, what you can do, and surprisingly, how much you can laugh."
— Jonathan Blumberg

"It was here at the previous Forum that I got the help I needed. It saved my life."
— Susan Franklin





Thursday, November 14

Register early: seating is limited and there is no on-site registration. Priority will be given to people with early memory loss. Full payment is required for registration; refunds not available.
Click here to register.
Questions? Contact Sara Mikael (323) 930-6229. Sorry, no refunds.

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