Upcoming Events: Grownups

Thu 1/8

Image - The Home that Watches Over Your Parents

The Home that Watches Over Your Parents

Date: Thu, January 08, 2015
Time: 5:15 PM
The authors discuss this latest report.

Richard Caro, D.Phil., Scientist; Silicon Valley Entrepreneur
Mary Hulme, Gerontologist; Care Manager

Like many of us, the speakers (a scientist and a geriatric care manager) were concerned about elderly family members who spent a lot of time at home alone. What would happen if they fell and hurt themselves? Or if they started to become forgetful and accidentally left the stove on and started a fire?

Hearing of the new class of products that use sensors embedded around the house to keep a friendly eye on a person and report back only if something is wrong, Mary and Richard wanted to find out what products were available, which worked best, and for which life circumstances each was suitable. Many hours of research later, they found that there are lots of products in this new emerging category and that some are particularly suited for specific life situations.

 
In this talk, they'll share some of the insights they learned on their journey of discovery, and explain how to decide whether these emerging products might be suitable for someone you care about and how to pick the right one.
 

Thu 1/15

Image - What You Need to Know Before You're 65: A Medicare Primer

What You Need to Know Before You're 65: A Medicare Primer

Date: Thu, January 15, 2015
Time: 5:15 PM
Esther Koch, Medicare Aging Network Partner

Esther Koch, MBA, Medicare Aging Network Partner, The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid

If you are approaching the Medicare qualifying age of 65 and Medicare seems like one big alphabetical maze to you, you are not alone. Learn the ABCs of Medicare, the realities of what you can expect and what not to expect, and what options might be best for you. Here’s what every boomer needs to know to successfully navigate Medicare.

Tue 2/3

Image - Healthy Aging: Lowering the Risk of Alzheimer's Disease

Healthy Aging: Lowering the Risk of Alzheimer's Disease

Date: Tue, February 03, 2015
Time: 5:15 PM
Patricia Renaut Spilman, M.S., Senior Scientist, Buck Institute

Patricia Renaut Spilman, M.S., Senior Scientist, Buck Institute

As a growing portion of the American population ages into its golden years, there will inevitably be a greater number of those suffering from Alzheimer's, a degenerative disease for which there is currently no effective reversing treatment. At the forefront of the effort to find a breakthrough cure is the Buck Institute for Research on Aging in Novato, CA, a facility dedicated to confronting Alzheimer’s and other chronic age-related illnesses. While researchers continue to press for a reversing process, all of us can make health and lifestyle changes that greatly reduce the chance of developing this devastating disease. Spilman, a senior scientist at the Buck Institute, will share with us proactive "healthstyle" choices that encourage a healthy mind and body far into one’s later years.

Wed 3/18

Image - Estate Planning in Film

Estate Planning in Film

Date: Wed, March 18, 2015
Time: 5:15 PM
Age-old estate planning questions raised in the popular movie A Thousand Acres

John E. O’Grady, Esq., Chair of the Estate Planning, Trust & Probate Law Section, Bar Association of San Francisco

Attorney and mediator O’Grady discusses the latest approaches to the age-old estate planning questions raised in the popular movie A Thousand Acres, a contemporary retelling of Shakespeare’s “King Lear.” He’ll show relevant clips to explore creative ways to protect your property rights and plan for your care and financial security without giving up control of your affairs. There is no need to see the movie in advance.