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Health Happenings—Providence Saint John’s Forum Addresses Issue Confronting An Aging Population

Posted: Friday, March 9, 2018 – 2:07 PM

Providence Saint John’s Sets ‘Living Well—Aging Well’ Forum

Providence Saint John’s Health Center (PSJHC) will present a free educational forum on “Living Well—Aging Well,” discussing concern over potential and real cognitive decline, loss of independence and quality-of-life  issues confronting the aging population, in two sessions at the Santa Monica Public Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd.

• Tuesday, March 20, 6:30-8:30 p.m.—Brian Madden, M.D., medical director of the palliative care program, Providence Saint John’s and associate clinical faculty and the John Wayne Cancer Institute at the hospital, will moderate.

Susan Howland, MSG, director of education with Alzheimer’s Greater Los Angeles, will speak on maintaining cognitive health as people age and The Healthy Brain Initiative.

Keynote speaker Ira Byock, M.D., FAAHPM, founder and chief medical officer of the Institute for Human Caring, Providence St. Joseph Health and professor emeritus of medicine and community and family medicine at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth University, will speak on “Aging, Living and Dying Well.” Byock is author of books including, The Four Things That Matter Most—A Book about Living and The Best Care Possible.

• Thursday, March 22, 2-4 p.m.—Nathan Pierce, M.D., Providence Saint John’s otolaryngologist, head and neck surgeon with Pacific Neuroscience Institute, an affiliate of Providence Health & Services, will discuss “Hearing,” including hearing loss, balance, vertigo and Meniere’s disease.

Thomas Hanscom, M.D., Providence Saint John’s ophthalmologist and retina specialist, will discuss “Seeing Well,” common age-related eye disease including macular degeneration.

Jennifer Unterreiner, DPT, OCS, CLT orthopedic specialist, Performance Therapy at PSJHC will explain”Kinesthetic Sense,”core strength, balance, muscle mass,and exercise.

To make the required reservations, call 310-829-8453.

Autfest Celebrates Autistic Characters, Filmmakers

ABC’S The Good Doctor and Netflix’s Atypical will receive special honors at the second annual Autfest Film Festival, April 28-29 at the Writers Guild Theater, 135 S. Doheny Dr., Beverly Hills.

“The second Annual AutFest International Film Festival is a wonderful platform to celebrate the roles that TV and films are now playing in autism awareness,” said Scott Badesch, president of Autism Society of America. “We are proud to honor this year’s outstanding film and television programs for their visionary portrayals of the complexity of autistic emotions.”

AutFest is the only film festival solely dedicated to an autistic audience and filmmakers. “The mission is to further advance the well-being of all with an autism diagnosis, as well as to educate the nation about autism and the important need to fully respect and value each person with autism,” said Matthew Asner, VP of development for The Autism Society. “AutFest wishes to celebrate films that promote autism awareness and support autistic filmmakers and artists that have chosen film as their profession.”

Awards including Best Film, Best Director, Best Documentary, Best Actor, Best Actress as well as an Audience Award and a Best Autistic Filmmaker Award presented to an autistic filmmaker, will be handed out at a special ceremony at the conclusion of AutFest on Sunday, April 29.

AutFest is also inviting student graphic designers to create a festival poster that depicts the festival’s theme “from spectrum to screen.” Winning posters will be used as the festival’s official poster as well as for official materials such as t-shirts and postcards. The contest is hosted by We Are Lions, a marketplace for products created and designed by individuals with disabilities. For more details about the poster contest, visit

AutFest Honorary Committee members include actor and autism advocate Ed Asner, actress Kristen Bell (House of Lies), actor Dax Shepard (CHIPS), actress/comedian Sarah Silverman, actor Matthew Modine (Stranger Things), actor Gary Cole (Veep), Autism Speaks co-founder Bob Wright, The Suzanne Wright Foundation president Liz Feld and Warner Bros. president/CCO Peter Roth.

Autfest is sponsored by Hyundai Motor America and SAG/AFTRA.

To purchase festival passes or tickets, visit

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