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April 28, 2017, Dalton, Georgia
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Gary Small
Gary Small, M.D., is Professor of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, the Parlow-Solomon Professor on Aging at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, Director of the UCLA Longevity Center, and Director of the Geriatric Psychiatry Division at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience & Human Behavior. Dr. Small's team has developed brain imaging technologies that detect the first signs of brain aging and Alzheimer's disease years before patients show symptoms and have led to expanded Medicare coverage for brain PET scanning. In addition to testing medicines that might delay the onset of Alzheimer's disease, Dr. Small has studied and developed healthy aging lifestyle and memory training programs that are available throughout the U.S. in senior centers, community hospitals, and assisted living facilities.
Dr. Small has authored over 400 scientific works and received numerous awards and honors, including Senior Investigator Award, American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry; Research Award in Geriatric Psychiatry, American College of Psychiatrists; and the Weinberg Award for Excellence in Geriatric Psychiatry, American Psychiatric Association. He is the Immediate Past President of the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry. Scientific American magazine named him one of the world’s top 50 innovators in science and technology. He is the author of seven popular books, including The New York Times bestseller, The Memory Bible, and his most recent book, 2 Weeks to a Younger Brain.
Viki Kind, M.A.
Viki Kind is a clinical bioethicist, professional speaker and hospice volunteer. Her award winning book, The Caregiver’s Path to Compassionate Decision Making: Making Choices For Those Who Can't, guides families and professionals who are making decisions for those who have lost capacity. Viki is known as “The People’s Bioethicist,” because she is a rare individual who bridges two worlds, that of the health care professional and of the family struggling to make the right decision. She is an honorary board member of the Well Spouse Association and has been a caregiver for many years for six members of her family.