St. Barnabas Senior Services is proud to present the Discovery Series: an exploration of the issues, challenges and changes we face as our population ages.

The Series will include quarterly programs led by experts and thought leaders in the study and advancement of services for older adults, with opportunities to learn about best practices, innovations and new research that can help all of us Live Well, Feel Well and Age Well.


2019 Series Calendar

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Tuesday, May 28, 2019: Family Caregiving

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This program will address the current issues surrounding family caregivers with a panel discussion.


Program Moderator

SBSS Board Member Lené Levy-Storms is an Associate Professor in the School of Public Affairs, Department of Social Welfare and the School of Medicine, Division of Geriatrics at UCLA. She is the immediate past chair of the Aging and Public Health Section of the American Public Health Association. Her core research concerns communication issues between health care providers and older adults in long-term care settings. She is particularly interested in health care providers’ “bed-side manner” and how it affects satisfaction with care and the quality of life of older adults. Dr. Levy-Storms has a BS degree in psychology from UC Davis, a MPH in biostatistics and PhD in public health from UCLA.



Jean Galiana is currently the Research Communications Manager at Vital Research where she plans and organizes communications efforts including internal and external publications, website content, and social media. She also plans and facilitates field staff training for large-scale consumer surveys in aging and disabilities in multiple states.
Prior to joining Vital Research, Jean documented best practice in aging by interviewing providers, other institutions, and stakeholders who were innovatively addressing the challenges of an aging population. That project culminated in her co-authored book, Aging Well. Solutions to the Most Pressing Challenges in Global Aging that was published in March 2019 by Palgrave Macmillan Springer. Jean holds a Master’s of Aging Services Management degree from the University of Southern California Leonard Davis School of Gerontology.


Carrie Shaw and the company she founded and leads, Embodied Labs, was a part of this year’s Aging into the Future expo. Embodied Labs is an immersive education and wellness platform for professional and family caregivers and the elders they serve. Her mother's diagnosis of Early Onset Alzheimer's disease opened Carrie's eyes to the needs of caregivers and the aging services workforce, leading her to complete a Master's of Science in Biomedical Visualization and eventually found her company. Embodied Labs' work has been featured by the AARP, United Healthcare, Forbes, JAMA, and The History Channel and in July 2018, Embodied Labs won Grand Prize and a $250K award from The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation's XR in Education Prize Challenge.

Donna Benton is the director of the USC Family Caregiver Support Center/Los Angeles Caregiver Resource Center, and is a senate appointee to the California Task Force on Family Caregiving, which was established to examine issues relative to the challenges faced by family caregivers and opportunities to improve caregiver support, review the current network and the services and supports available to caregivers, and make policy recommendations to the legislature. She has over 30 years of experience in working with families and the community to help improve services and support to persons with dementia. She has served as a commissioner on the California Commission on Aging (CCOA) and served as chair of the legislative sub-committee for many years. She received her graduate training in clinical psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology and was a gero-psychological postdoctoral fellow at USC/Rancho Los Amigos Medical Center.