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UCLA'S FRIENDS OF SEMEL OCTOBER OPEN MIND EVENTS

We are proud to present three outstanding Open Mind   programs in October: Love on the Spectrum, about young adults on the autism spectrum; Bedlam, about the state of the mental health care system in this country; and Healthy Aging, about the psychology of healthy aging. Join us for these inspiring, educational programs about the mysteries of the mind and brain and mental health issues, featuring UCLA preeminent faculty and thought leaders in neuroscience, health, and culture.  These events are FREE but registration is required. Please REGISTER NOW!

Love On The Spectrum is an Australian four-part documentary series that follows young adults who are on the autism spectrum as they try to navigate the world of relationships and dating. 

Experts such as UCLA's Dr. Elizabeth Laugeson, Director of UCLA's PEERS Program and Assistant Professor of Psychology at UCLA, who is featured in this series, help young adults with dating and relationship coaching to help them understand what can be a confusing journey. From nervous newcomers on their first date ever, to young couples taking the next step in their blossoming relationship, we will experience the highs and lows of what it means to look for love when you’re not ‘neurotypical’ in this third episode of the series.

Through the stories of participants who are warm, funny and generously open, this uplifting and insightful series will shine a light on the true nature of meaningful relationships for everyone in society.

Following the screening, filmmaker Karina Holden will join Dr. Elizabeth Laugeson in discussion.

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

6:30PM Check-in | 7:00 PM Program

Neuroscience Research Building (see map)

Parking is available for $13 in Structure 9

Stop at the Parking Kiosk on Westwood Plaza to pay for parking. Proceed to the Structure 9 entrance on Charles E. Young Drive.

Admission is free but registration is required.

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In BEDLAM: An Intimate Journey Into America’s Mental Health Crisis, Dr. Kenneth Rosenberg gives readers an inside look at the historical, political, and economic forces that have resulted in the greatest social crisis of the twenty-first century. In this special Open Mind presentation, Dr. Rosenberg will also show clips from his groundbreaking documentary film, BEDLAM, that premiered at Sundance this year and received rave reviews. The film is set in Los Angeles and is the first major documentary to explore the crisis in the care of severely mentally-ill citizens. BEDLAM tracks individual stories of mentally-ill patients caught on an endless merry-go-round of ineffective care, exposing the anatomy of a broken health care system. 

 

Over the course of seven years, Dr. Rosenberg spoke with hundreds of people about severe mental illness, including patients and their families members, and world experts. The culmination of that inquiry, BEDLAM explores myriad roadblocks to care: the lack of medical research, the paucity of new treatments, a profound shortage of inpatient beds, the enduring stigma, and our disabling shame.  

 

Dr. Rosenberg, a distinguished fellow of the American Psychiatric Association with a private practice in Manhattan, and clinical associate professor of psychiatry at the New York-Presbyterian / Weill Cornell Medical Center, is also a Peabody Award-winning filmmaker. He will be joined by Dr. Jonathan Sherin, Director of the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health, in discussion.

Monday, October 7, 2019

6:30PM Check-in | 7:00 PM Program

Melnitz Hall, UCLA (see map)

Parking is available for $8 in Structure 3

Admission is free but registration is required.

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Age is an important number, but it can also be deceiving. After 40, most people say they feel younger than their years, some lie about their age, and many attempt to hide the signs of growing old. ​Better With Age by Dr. Alan Castel, Professor in the Department of Psychology at UCLA addresses the many myths and paradoxes about the aging process. 

​Retirement, happiness, and brain health are some of the many topics covered in this book. Better With Age shows what we can do now, at any stage in life, to make sure we enjoy old age.

The book presents the latest scientific research about the psychology of aging, coupled with insights from those who have succeeded in doing it well, such as Maya Angelou, Bob Newhart, Jared Diamond, John Glenn, and John Wooden. 

Dr. Alan Castel, Professor in the Department of Psychology at UCLA, will talk about his critically acclaimed best-selling book, Better With Age: The Psychology of Successful Aging that was named one of the “Best Books on Aging Well” by The Wall Street Journal. His work has been featured in The New York Times and Time Magazine.

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

6:30PM Check-in | 7:00 PM Program

Neuroscience Research Building (see map)

Parking is available for $13 in Structure 9

Stop at the Parking Kiosk on Westwood Plaza to pay for parking. Proceed to the Structure 9 entrance on Charles E. Young Drive.

Admission is free but registration is required.

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