Memory Care Series

Cupertino Library Foundation  is introducing a new talk series on Memory Care as part of our Senior Programs.  These events will range from lectures by domain experts, panel discussions with experts and citizens, to hands-on workshops.  For 2021 we have schedules 4 events.  All events are free to the public; in 2021 all events will be virtual.  One would need to register for each event to obtain instructions on how to join the virtual event.  Please email us at for a) to subscribe to our mailing list, b) to find out about our future events c) to suggest topics for future events, d) to participate as a speaker/panelist or e) to volunteer with CLF.

This speaker series is sponsored in part by the Forum Health Fund.   

August 8, 2021 2:00PM:   A Panel Discussion on Memory Care – moderated by Henry Sang Jr. 

Talk Abstract: A panel of 3 local residents whose families have been through dealing with memory diseases will share their insights.

July 25, 2021 2:00PM: “10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s” by Grant Giske, The Alzheimer’s Association

Talk Abstract: Alzheimer’s and other dementias cause changes in memory, thinking and behavior that interfere with daily life. Join us to learn about 10 common warning signs and what to watch for in yourself and others. The
one-hour program covers typical age-related changes, common warning signs of Alzheimer’s, how to approach someone about memory concerns, early detection, the benefits of a diagnosis and diagnostic process, and Association resources.

The Alzheimer’s Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Our mission is to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health. 

Grant Giske owned and managed his own software consulting company for many years.  He has had  several friends with Alzheimer’s in recent years and was involved in different degrees with their care. He has been giving this and other Alzheimer’s presentations for almost a year. 

July 11, 2021 1:00PM Double Header Kickoff Event on Memory Care by Local Experts

1. “Developing the Roadmap on Dementia” by Dana Graefe, Dir. Resident Services, The Forum at Rancho San Antonio, Cupertino
2. “Healthy Brain Aging and Recent Advances in the Treatment of Alzheimer’s disease”  by Dr. Armen Moughamian, Medical Director, Ray Dolby Brain Health Center, San Francisco

Memory Disease and Memory Care are issues that some of our families and friends face. When are we having an innocent Senior Moment versus witnessing the tell-tale signs of a memory disease? If so, which disease are we facing? What do we do? What does this mean for our family? In this kickoff event we bring two engaging local experts on Memory Care. 
Dana Graefe,  a Resident Services Director at the Forum at Rancho San Antonio in Cupertino,  will give us an overview of the various diseases that we may face; care options; costs; and local resources. This overview will help us understand a bit more of the map of this foreign land of memory disease and care. 
Dr. Armen Moughamian a Neurologist and Medical Director of the Roy Dolby Brain Health Center in San Francisco, will then take us through understanding one of the most prevalent diseases, Alzheimer’s Disease.  He will help us understand what we might do to stay healthy as well as discuss some recent medical advances in treatment of Alzheimer’s Disease.
We will have a 5 min intermission between talks to allow you to refresh yourself.

Future events in this series

  1.  “Panel Discussion on Financing for Memory Care and Senior Housing” by financial professionals

If you would like to participate as a panelist or future speaker in the Memory Care Series, please contact

Senior Programs

Older adults are the fastest growing age group in the community. As per the Age Friendly Cupertino Task Force’s Aug 2019 report, there are 7000 residents who are 65 and older representing 12% of Cupertino’s population; this is projected to reach 17.5% (i.e  over 10,000) by 2025. CLF has several on-going programs for children, youth, and their parents, under the broad categories of Education, Wellness, Arts & Entertainment, and Science series. With the anticipated growth in the older adult population, CLF wishes to introduce more programs, geared towards seniors, in the Education and Wellness series, as well as spearhead a new initiative called Senior Transitions series aimed at seniors and their caregivers.  

CLF will work with the Library for certain programs and at the same time, enlist external sponsors and partners within the Cupertino community for other programs. We currently partner with the Cupertino Senior Center on our Film Series for seniors. With the Covid-19 pandemic and shelter-in-place, we have paused the Film Series until such time the Cupertino Senior Center is reopened. We have, however, plans to organize several virtual wellness and educational events during 2020 and 2021. Specific topics include 1) Laughter Yoga under the Wellness umbrella, 2) Scams, Fake News, On-line Safety, and other Cybersecurity subjects, 3) Memory Care, 4) Senior Housing, and 4) Taking Care of Loved Ones.

Please subscribe to our mailing list by emailing or visit this page to find out about future events.

Grant from Forum Health Fund

The Forum Health Fund awarded a $6500 grant to Cupertino Library Foundation in November 2020. The grant is for developing and providing informational and educational programs in 2021 for seniors in the Cupertino area in four categories: Senior Housing, Memory Diseases and Care, Cybersecurity, and Caregiving for Parents.

The Forum Health Fund is a tax-exempt charitable organization centered at The Forum at Rancho San Antonio in Cupertino. It was accredited in 2018 to finance health care and education programs for seniors in the Cupertino region.  In addition to the Cupertino Library Foundation, the Forum Health Fund has provided funding to the Daffodil Hill Memory Care Center to initiate technology-based programs to improve patients’ quality of life and communication with their families. In-patients at Daffodil Hill come from the community and from The Forum.

A press release was issued by the Forum in Cupertino Courier. It can be found at The Mercury News’  Cupertino community briefs for the week of Jan. 8

Cybersecurity Series

Cupertino Library Foundation is introducing a new Education Series on Cybersecurity topics of interest to seniors.  These events will range from lectures by domain experts, panel discussions with experts and citizens, to hands-on workshops.  For 2020 we have selected two topics, 1) How to Spot and Deal with Fake News and  2) How to Spot and Deal with Internet/Email/Phone Scams.  All events are free to the public; in 2020 all events will be virtual.  One would need to register to obtain instructions on how to join the virtual event.  Please subscribe to our mailing list by emailing or visit this page to find out about future events.
November 15, 2020, 2:00 – 3:30 pm“Safety Amidst Crimes and Scams”  – A Virtual Fireside Chat with Capt. Rich Urena from Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office 1 in 10 adults fall victim to phone and email scams. Scam artists are expected to steal over $2 billion in 2020. Please join us for a conversation with Capt. Rich Urena and continue to get educated and protect yourself from evolving threats. This event will provide an opportunity to hear from our Sheriff’s Office the current crime trends, crimes and scams targeting seniors, crimes being investigated by FBI, as well as tips on personal safety

About the Speaker 

Captain Rich Urena of Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office is currently the West Valley Patrol Division Commander who manages law enforcement services for the cities of Cupertino, Saratoga, Los Altos Hills, and the western unincorporated areas of Santa Clara County.  He has experience in many assignments, which includes investigating crimes of fraud and scams targeting seniors .  He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Leadership and is a graduate of the prestigious FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia.

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October 25, 2020, 2:00 – 3:30 pm“Beware of Scams” Recognize Them Before They Get You  by Narayan Makaram Scam artists are expected to steal over $2 billion in 2020. They invariably contact you via phone calls, text messages or email, pretend to be someone you trust (e.g. IRS, your Bank, or IT support), and create a sense of urgency for you to respond. They are out to get your personal information, credit card numbers, or your money. Come hear a few common scamming scenarios and get armed to stay a step ahead of the scam artists. Bring your stories too, to make this session interactive.

About the Speaker 

Narayan Makaram is the CEO of Cybernetix Security LLC that provides cybersecurity consulting. He has spoken at several cybersecurity conferences. More recently he presented “The Top 10 Ways to Improve Your Cyber Hygiene” at the Cupertino Community Center.

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October 04, 2020, 2:00 pm :  “Fake News” – How it Spreads and What You Can Do by Susan Nash and Ryan Moore Are you bombarded with COVID-19 information and election related information? Can you identify facts from fiction? Are you sure you’re not helping spread false information or misinformation from less-than-credible sources? Come listen to and ask questions of our speakers from Stanford Center on Longevity and Stanford Social Media Lab. Get some tips and tools to identify facts from fiction, opinions from reality, satire from sincerity.

About the Speakers

Susan Nash is a Visiting Scholar at the Stanford Center on Longevity, working on a project to teach digital literacy to older adults. She is also Encore Fellow with the San Jose Mayor’s Office working on the City’s Age-Friendly City initiative. Ryan Moore is a PhD student in the Stanford Social Media Lab. His research focuses on understanding how people, particularly older adults, use the internet and new technologies to consume information.

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  Future topics

Online payment services (Paypal, Venmo, Zelle, and more)  Social Media (Facebook, Whatsapp, Instagram, Twitter) Dos, and Don’ts 



Invasion of the Sci-Fi Movies – Part Two!

Planet of the Vampires

Sci-Fi fans – Keep watching the skies! It’s back from the outer reaches of cinematic space! By popular request from our wonderful Cupertino audience, the Cupertino Library Foundation and the Cupertino Senior Center are bringing back a brand new series of classic Science-Fiction films! Join your host filmmaker and scholar Mark Larson for a wild six week series delving into the mysteries of intergalactic motion picture mayhem! A lively audience discussion follows every film!

All events will be held at the Cupertino Senior Center, 21251 Stevens Creek Blvd, Cupertino, CA 95014, from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm.  All screenings are free and open to the public. Sponsored by the Cupertino Library Foundation.

October 15, 2019:  1. The Incredible Shrinking Man (1957) One beautiful California day, a man encounters a radioactive cloud and before you know it, he is on a trip into the infinite! Grant Williams gives an outstanding performance as the man with a new atomic destiny in director Jack Arnold’s 1957 masterpiece!
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*October 22nd: No programming.

October 29, 2019:  2. Planet of the Vampires (1965) An intergalactic distress call from a distant planet brings a space crew face to face with horror! This classic 1965 film by the great filmmaker Mario Bava has inspired hordes of imitators and this is a rare chance to see this stylish masterpiece on the big screen as it was meant to be seen!
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November 5, 2019: 3. The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951) The most requested film in our series! A flying saucer lands in the middle of Washington D.C., the saucer door side open and out comes an alien with an urgent message for all mankind! We join up with Michael Rennie, Patricia Neal and Gort the giant robot in director Robert Wise’s memorable story of the search for planetary peace!
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November 12, 2019: 4. These are the Damned (1963) An extraordinary film, ripe for rediscovery; this Cold War tale of government scientists conducting bizarre human experiments is one of director Joseph Losey’s masterworks. Starring McDonald Carey, Oliver Reed and Viveca Lindfors as the bystanders caught in a world spinning out of control!
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November 19, 2019:    5. I Married a Monster from Outer Space (1958) Wedding nights are a time for couples to learn all about each other, but on this special night Gloria Talbot discovers her new husband has a doozy of a secret! This wonderful film is a joy to rediscover and enjoy for its surprising wit in telling a tale of cosmic love gone wrong!
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November 26, 2019:    6. Matinee (1993) During the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1963, a boy escapes the fear of possible apocalypse by going to monster movies! Director Joe Dante’s great and thoughtful comedy saluting the power of Science Fiction B-Movies and the men and women who made them. A superb ensemble cast featuring John Goodman in the performance of a lifetime as a William Castle- inspired showman grace this gem of a film!
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