Experts to discuss brain health at next Viewpoints event in Rancho Santa Fe

Viewpoints, co-presented by The Village Church and the Rancho Santa Fe Foundation, will present a panel discussion with three local experts on May 9, from 6-8 p.m. at the Village Church in Rancho Santa Fe.

The goal of the lecture series is to inform, inspire and impact by providing a forum in which individuals, renown in their field, share their knowledge, wisdom and experience with members of the local community.

Scientists and medical professionals are constantly learning new information about the human brain and how our body and brain work together. This is both important and challenging as the human brain is considered the most complex object in the human body, and understanding how it functions is one of the world’s greatest mysteries. Scientific advances in imagery, medical treatments, and genetics are revealing new insights into how our brains process information and how we can keep our brain healthy and functioning well into old age.

On Wednesday, May 9, the community will have the opportunity to learn what it takes to maintain good brain health for a long and happy life. Dr. Tom Flanagan, Dr. Dee Silver, and Muffy Walker, all leading experts in the fields of neuroscience and psychology, and residents of Rancho Santa Fe, will lead a discussion about the latest breakthroughs in understanding brain health. The panel will discuss the causes, prevention and treatment of mood disorders and neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s. Attendees will learn how a person’s genetics, lifestyle, age, and chance will be a great influence on one’s quality of life as they age.

Dr. Tom Flanagan, medical director of Aurora Behavioral Health Care and Associate Clinical Professor at UCSD, has been practicing neuro-psychiatry for the past 41 years. He will present current research on how the brain and body respond to stress and how anxiety might be treated in the future.

Dr. Dee Silver has spent the last 44 years understanding the causes, prevention and management of neurodegenerative disorders such as Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and Multiple Sclerosis. Silver also has a passion for improving the quality of life and reducing the anxiety, depression, fatigue, apathy and frailty in these patients. Silver has been a staff neurologist at Scripps Memorial Hospital for 39 years and is president of Coastal Neurological Medical Group.

Muffy Walker has worked in the mental health field for over 25 years, beginning her career as a clinical specialist in psychiatric nursing. Following her son’s diagnosis of bipolar disorder 14 years ago, she co-founded the International Bipolar Foundation and now serves as president of the foundation.

The evening will begin with wine and light hors d’ouveres at 6 p.m. The panel discussion will be from 6:30-8 p.m., including time for questions from the audience. The evening’s events will be held in the Fellowship Center at The Village Church (6225 Paseo Delicias, Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067). Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door. Advance ticket purchase is strongly encouraged and may be purchased either online or by calling (858) 381-8070.