Free forum on brain health set for Saturday in Vista

‍A forum on brain health hosted by the San Diego Dementia Consortium will be held Sept. 17 at the San Diego PACE center in Vista

Free forum on brain health set for Saturday in Vista

The San Diego Tribune, Sept 13 2022

The free event features presentations, memory screening, a virtual dementia experience and resource expo, along with free brain-healthy food and refreshments.

The speakers include Dr. Vicente Diaz, medical director at San Ysidro Health, who will speak on “Brain Health”; Ji Lee, co-founder of Mercury Health, who will speak on “New Innovations In AI-driven Safety Monitoring”; Julia Cheng, community educator at the Alzheimer’s Association, San Diego Imperial Chapter, who will speak on “Effective Communication Strategies With Dementia”; Laura Barish, care manager at Aging Planning Inc., who will speak on “Nutrition And Brain Health”; and Rebecca Eder, nurse educator at The Elizabeth Hospice, who will speak on “Non-pharmacologic Approach to Agitation in Dementia.”

The vendor expo from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. includes 30 companies offering information on their products, services and support for families dealing with dementia.

Memory screening is open to anyone age 75 and older along with those age 65 and older with memory concerns or noticeable changes in memory and/or thinking. Screenings are every 30 minutes, presented by UC San Diego Health. The virtual dementia experience puts participants in the shoes of someone with dementia in this “immersive dementia simulation.” Participants are given devices that alter their senses, and are guided through common everyday tasks and exercises by trained facilitators. The sessions are 15 minutes, presented by For Their Thoughts Foundation. Register at the event.

The event takes place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 1840 West Drive, Vista. Masks are required inside. For more information and to register for the event, visit

Free forum on brain health set for Saturday in Vista

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