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Santa Clara County Brain Health Symposium Stay Sharp: A Healthy Brain, At Any Age

May 7, 2021 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Brain Health

Santa Clara County Brain Health Symposium 

Stay Sharp: A Healthy Brain, At Any Age

Patrick Arbore, EdD, Institute on Aging

Susan DeMarois, Director, Public Policy & Advocacy, Alzheimer’s Association

Dr. Robert Oldham, M.D., M.S., Dir, Placer County Health and Human Services

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This event is co-hosted by Santa Clara County Seniors’ Agenda, Santa Clara County Public Health Department, and Institute on Aging.

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This Brain Health Symposium will highlight the role of various lifestyle strategies for promoting cognitive health, while providing opportunities for collaboration and connections between community members, health care professionals, policymakers, and stakeholders. The symposium will include simple action steps you or your organization can take to promote brain health in our community.

Objectives will include:

  • Relate two reasons for the importance of the “public health approach” to brain health
  • Identify at least two opportunities for the application of a public health approach to brain health
  • Identify at least 3 initial challenges and successes of a local health department beginning to take a public health approach to brain health


Patrick Arbore, EdD, Founder of The Friendship Line and Director of the Center for Elderly Suicide Prevention and Grief Related Services (CESP)-–both programs at Institute on Aging.

Dr. Arbore 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 has also been 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. Dr. Arbore 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.

Susan DeMarois, Director, Public Policy & Advocacy, Alzheimer’s Association

Susan is currently leading the western states (AZ, CA, HI and NV) to advance the Alzheimer’s Association public policy and advocacy mission, working with the U.S. Senate, members of Congress and state legislatures. She is currently serving on Governor Newsom’s Alzheimer’s Prevention and Preparedness Task Force and California’s Master Plan for Aging Stakeholder Advisory Committee. Susan is a health and aging policy expert with two decades of state and federal government affairs experience, and with a track record of success in government affairs, grassroots advocacy, community relations, public affairs and nonprofit management.

Robert Oldham, M.D., M.S., Director, Placer County Health and Human Services

Dr. Oldham previously served as Placer County’s health officer and director of Public Health from 2014-2019, and returned to the county after serving for the last year as chief medical executive for Sutter Center for Psychiatry in Sacramento and as medical director of acute psychiatric services across the Sutter Health system in California and Hawaii. Oldham received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Virginia, a Doctor of Medicine from the University of Alabama School of Medicine, and a Master of Science in health administration from Virginia Commonwealth University, where he also completed his residencies in general psychiatry and preventive medicine/public health. He is board-certified in general psychiatry, general preventive medicine/public health, and consultation-liaison psychiatry. Oldham is also the immediate past president of the California Conference of Local Health Officers and the California Academy of Preventive Medicine, and has served on many other local and statewide boards and associations. During his previous tenure with Public Health at Placer, Oldham led the division’s efforts to complete its first community health assessment in over a decade and initiate the Public Health Accreditation process. He also helped bring the Whole Person Care pilot program to the county.


May 7, 2021
10:00 am - 12:00 pm


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