Free Workshop on Brain Health and Combatting Loneliness

by Judy Goddess

Retirement brings many blessings – free time, an opportunity to do what you want – but there’s a downside. No set schedule or fixed responsibilities makes it easy, even tempting, to slip into the quicksand of isolation, loneliness, inertia and depression. Once mired in that cycle, it is difficult to struggle out and remain out.

Rev. Glenda Hope’s vague fears of that process as she approached retirement at age 78 propelled her into finding new friendships and a community which supports brain and body health. Today, Glenda’s solution – reaching out to her neighbors and eventually forming the first community connectors program in the city – is being duplicated in neighborhoods across San Francisco.

On Wednesday evening, March 13, hear Rev. Glenda Hope and two experts discuss loneliness and its connection to brain health.

dr. serggio lanata

Dr. Serggio Lanata. Courtesy photo.

Dr. Serggio Lanata directs the UCSF Memory and Aging Center Community Outreach Program. Dr. Lanata will discuss key concepts on brain health promotion, how Alzheimer’s disease affects the brain, and the detrimental effects that loneliness can have on brain health.

Phaedra Bell, PhD, is a fellow with the Atlantic Global Brain Health Institute. She is particularly interested in programs that help develop empathetic understanding between people, a key component for relationships that disrupt feelings of loneliness.

The March 13 workshop will be held from 6-8 p.m. in the community hall at St. Anne of the Sunset in the Inner Sunset. The entrance to the community hall is on Funston between Irving and Judah. The space is wheelchair accessible. The workshop is free. There will be time for questions. Resources and light refreshments will be available.

The evening is particularly relevant to boomers, seniors, and caregivers – whether you’re caring for someone on a daily basis or the person you’re caring for lives hundreds of miles away.

For more information, contact Patti Spaniak at, or call/text 646-409-7775.

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