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Due to COVID-19, Keiro has decided to transition all of our scheduled in-person events in 2020 to alternative formats. Read full statement here.



Keiro Speaker Series

The pandemic has been an important reminder to us all that we live in a world where adapting to change is an important skill to master. However, becoming comfortable with change requires us to continue learning and applying new skills throughout our lives. And although some of us may feel that we are “too old” to learn new things, challenging ourselves contributes to the improvement of our wellbeing.

Lifelong learning is a broad concept that includes both formal and in-formal activities that enhance our ability to understand the world around us. Please join us for one evening each month as we invite a series of guest speakers for monthly presentations to share their areas of expertise. From discussing the use of medicinal cannabis to cooking demonstrations with a renowned chef, we hope the Keiro Speaker Series will encourage you to pursue ongoing life enrichment.

Registration is now opened for the Wednesday, September 23, 2020 session! Sign up today!


Wednesday, September 23, 2020 – Managing a High-Yielding, Edible Home Garden

Guest Speaker: Dan Allen, Farmscape CEO

Wednesday, September 23, 2020
6:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Drawing on his experience designing, installing, and maintaining edible home gardens around Southern California, Dan Allen will provide guidance on how to get the most from your home garden space. Topics will include: site selection; managing your soil; irrigation and watering; understanding your microclimate and seasonality; managing pests, disease, and critters; and other maintenance best practices. Dan will also discuss his collaboration with Chefs Niki Nakayama and Carole Iida-Nakayama of n/naka restaurant, providing recommendations for how to get the best production from shishito peppers, kabocha, shiso, and other traditional Japanese crops.

           Register Here
           Registration closes Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Dan Allen has led Farmscape’s growth from a start-up in Claremont to California’s largest urban farming venture. He has overseen the creation of hundreds of urban farm sites, including the rooftop farm at The Jonathan Club and the culinary garden for n/naka restaurant. Dan is a Master Gardener, a frequent public speaker on urban agriculture, and a periodic contributor to publications including Sunset Magazine. Prior to Farmscape, he graduated from Macalester College with a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and political science.

Wednesday, October 28, 2020 – Cannabis Use by Older Adults: A Growing Trend

Guest Speaker: Pam Kaufmann, Esq. and Cari Levy, MD
Wednesday, October 28, 2020
6:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Data shows that cannabis use is on the rise among older adults. During this lively discussion between a physician and an attorney who are experts in cannabis-related issues, we will explore questions including: Is cannabis legal? Is it safe? What are the benefits and risks of using cannabis? What is the difference between THC and CBD? What is hemp, anyways? Can I use it if I move into a licensed community? This discussion will be designed to allocate plenty of time for questions, answers, and discussion with the attendees.

Registration opens Wednesday, September 9, 2020
Registration closes Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Pam dedicates her practice to the representation of senior housing and care providers and tax-exempt organizations. Pam’s clients in the senior housing and care field look to her for advice regarding issues large and small from development, operations, risk management, and licensing to joint venturing, affiliations, mergers and acquisitions. Her clients in the industry include assisted living facilities, continuing care retirement communities, skilled nursing facilities, housing providers, hospices, home health agencies, adult day health centers, and home care agencies. She remains on the cutting edge of legal reforms and developments in the senior housing and care industry and is currently a member of LeadingAge California Board of Directors.

Dr. Cari Levy is currently a Professor in the Department of Medicine at the Rocky Mountain Regional Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center and the University of Colorado School of Medicine. She services as section chief of Palliative Medicine and associate director of the Center of Innovation for Veteran-Centered and Value-Driven Research at the Denver VA Medical Center. She has been involved extensively in research with a focus on improving nursing home and end-of-life care including use of cannabis among older adults with publications of articles in Chest, Cancer, Medical Care, HAMA Internal Medicine, The Journal of the American Medical Directors Association, The Gerontologist, and The Journal of Hospital Medicine.

Wednesday, November 18, 2020  – How a Person Can Be “Well” Through End of Life

Guest Speaker: Dr. Ira Byock, MD
Wednesday, November 18, 2020*
6:30 – 7:30 p.m.

The fact of death can teach us a lot about living – if we let it. Important lessons include clarity about what matters most in our lives. Morality highlights ways of nurturing our cherished connections to the people we love and for mending even our most troubled relationships. As a physician, Dr. Byock has learned that human beings have the potential to feel well even as they are dying. Without romanticizing the hard realities of serious illnesses and caregiving, Dr. Byock illuminates ways that people can grow – within themselves and with their family and community – during the waning phases of life. Through stories drawn from years of clinical practice, as well as his personal life, he describes real experiences of wellbeing of people approaching the end of life and offers practical guidance for getting the best personalized health care, as well as steps he calls the tasks of life completion. He explains how four simple statements – Please forgive me. I forgive you. Thank you. I love you. – can transform relationships and lives. Dr. Byock’s talk promises to be helpful, insightful, as well as warm and humorous.

Registration opens Wednesday, September 30, 2020
Registration closes Tuesday, November 17, 2020

*The first 15 registrants will receive a copy of Dr. Byock’s book The Four Things that Matter Most.

Dr. Ira Byock is a leading medical authority and public advocate for improving care through the end of life. He is the founder and chief medical officer of the Institute for Human Caring, a component of Providence St. Joseph Health. The Institute drives transformation in clinical systems and culture to make caring for whole persons the new normal. The Institute for Human Caring’s change strategies produce measurable and scalable improvements in health care quality and efficiency. Dr. Byock has authored numerous articles in academic journals. Dr. Byock’s first book Dying Well has become a standard in the field of hospice and palliative care. The Four Things That Matter Most is widely used as a counseling tool within palliative care as well as pastoral care.

Wednesday, December 16, 2020 – Japanese New Year with Chef Akira and Family

Guest Speaker: Chef Akira and Jo Ann (Maehara) Hirose
Wednesday, December 16, 2020*
6:30 – 7:30 p.m.

As we inch toward the new year, each of us are continuing to find new ways to take care of our parents and older adults in our lives, as we have been doing so already throughout 2020. In this cooking demonstration, the Chef Akira family will show a new way to honor loved ones in our lives by preparing them a traditional Japanese New Year’s feast, osechi ryouri. Join us as we learn how to prepare some of our favorite New Year’s food so that we can head strong into 2021.

Registration opens Wednesday, October 21, 2020
Registration closes Tuesday, December 15, 2020 

*The first 15 registrants will receive the ingredients necessary to follow along with this demonstration.

Chef Akira and Jo Ann (Maehara) Hirose are the husband and wife team who recently opened Azay in Little Tokyo after a successful 20 years in Pasadena as Maison Akira. Azay is the homecoming as they explore the intersection of history, cuisine, and community in the former space of Anzen Hardware, Jo Ann’s father’s store.