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AgeOn Summer Film & Lecture Series: My Love Affair with the Brain

July 15, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am

$5 – $10

Institute on Aging is excited to announce our AgeOn Summer Film & Lecture Series, devoted to exploration of creative aging and acceptance of the aging journey. This series is curated by IOA’s own Dr. Patrick Arbore, who will lead an hour-long, lively instruction and discussion after each movie. Continuing Education units will be available for those who are interested.

Date: Monday, July 15, 2019, 4 PM (Doors open at 3:15 p.m.) Light snacks, coffee & water will be provided.

Place: Institute on Aging, 3575 Geary Blvd., San Francisco, CA 94118

Parking: Limited street parking around the building. Public transportation is nearby.

Cost: $10, General Admission; $5.00 students and seniors (62+)

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About the Film

My Love Affair with the Brain is a 56-minute, multiple-award-winning 2017 PBS documentary that brings the viewer right into the heart of science and into a deeper understanding of one’s own brain. Critically acclaimed, extensively tested for educational use from 5th grade through Nobel Prize winners, this film is an intimate and inspirational portrait of one of the founders of modern neuroscience, Dr. Marian Diamond. As one of the founders of modern neuroscience, it’s no exaggeration to say that Dr. Diamond changed science and society at large in dramatic ways, over the course of her career. Her groundbreaking work is all the more remarkable because it began during an era when so few women entered science at all. My Love Affair with the Brain provides an excellent introduction to the brain, to science and the scientific method itself, to the essence of teaching and education, and to the pleasures of a life well-lived in science. Directors: Catherine Ryan and Gary Wimberg. Executive Producer: Tyson Lindo. Narrated by “Big Bang Theory” actress & neuroscientist, Mayim Bialik, PhD.

After the film, Dr. Patrick Arbore will take us into an hour-long lecture and discussion.

About your host and instructor: Patrick Arbore, Ed.D

Patrick began his career in the field of aging in 1973. He is the Founder and Director of the Center for Elderly Suicide Prevention and Grief Related Services (CESP), and the Founder of Friendship Line—-programs at Institute on Aging in San Francisco. Patrick conducts workshops and presents lectures, both locally and nationally, and is the author of numerous articles and book chapters on a variety of aging-related topics. He is a Senior Lecturer at Notre Dame de Namur University in Belmont, CA; an occasional Lecturer in the School of Social Welfare at the University of California, Berkeley; and an Adjunct Faculty member at The Wright Institute. Patrick is the recipient of several awards including: the 2013 Mental Health and Aging Award presented by the American Society on Aging; a Silver Medalist for Public Service sponsored by the Jefferson Award Regional Committee; and the 2016 Norma Satten Community Service Innovation Award for his commitment to human rights and community living.


As a result of attending this program, participants will be able to:

  • Briefly explain why Dr. Marian Diamond describes the brain as “the most complex mass of protoplasm on this earth and, perhaps in our galaxy.”
  • Identify two potential influences which cause brain plasticity to extend well into older adulthood
  • Define the“use it or lose it” theory
  • State the five factors crucial to brain development at any age: diet, exercise, challenge, newness and — perhaps surprising for a laboratory researcher — love

Reviews of My Love Affair with the Brain:

“Diamond really has a love affair with the human brain, and through this joy-filled film, it’s highly contagious.” – David Weigand, San Francisco Chronicle

“It’s hard to resist an octogenarian lady scientist who carries a human brain around in a hat box. – Leslie Katz, San Francisco Examiner

“Brilliant, buoyant, enlightening and beautiful film.” – Joyce Carol Oates, Author

“Marian Diamond has made major contributions to Neural Science that have stood the test of time.…. Bravo!” – Eric R. Kandel, Nobel Prize Winner


Continuing Education for this program will be available at no extra charge (2.0 Continuing Education Units): APA; BRN; CAMFT (serves LCSW/MFT); MCLE.

All Continuing Education certificates will be delivered digitally, within 5 days of the event. An evaluation-test will be provided to all CE registrants, who must then attend the entire program and turn in their evaluation at the end of the program in order to qualify for a CE certificate.

Introductory Level: No prior knowledge of the specific content area is needed in order for you to participate fully and effectively in the workshop. The information or skills will be (or may be) new for those who enroll.

American Psychological Association (APA): Institute on Aging is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Institute on Aging maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN), Provider # CEP13610, for 2.0 Contact Hours.

CAMFT: Institute on Aging is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for this program. IOA maintains responsibility for the course and its content. Course meets the qualifications for 2.0 hours of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs. CAMFT provider number is #135377.

State Bar of California (MCLE) : Course meets the qualifications for 2.0 hours of continuing education credit for Attorneys (Provider #13264).

Funding for this program is provided by the JULIAN S. DAVIS, MD, LECTURESHIP FUND


July 15, 2019
9:00 am - 11:00 am
$5 – $10


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