Public Events

The Lake Merritt's Public Programs

We’re proud to present a variety of events which are open to the public and designed to be of special interest to Bay Area older adults and our residents.

Frequently our presenters include distinguished medical professionals and researchers, wellness coaches and top-notch care givers. We also present programs by local historians, naturalists and others who are happy to share their expertise with us.

Our goal is to provide our residents and friends with relevant information which enriches their life experience.

February 23rd @ 3:30pm
Conversations on the Lake
Cannabis in California (For People Who Remember the 60s)
By Linda Jacobson

Today in the Golden State, we adults are free to use and share cannabis, and grow it at home. And across the U.S., people over age 50 are the fastest-growing segment of cannabis consumers, driven partly by desire to avoid addictive painkillers and sedatives. Studies prove that cannabis can safely treat a broad range of medical conditions -- arthritis, cancer, MS, and more -- often more effectively than pharmaceutical drugs. Let's chat about why various forms of the plant are so popular among older adults. We'll also explore the cultural context, both from the consumer perspective, and from the viewpoint of those unsure about cannabis use.

Presenter Linda Jacobson is a Certified Senior Advisor who lectures on cultural and scientific topics of interest to older adults. With a background as a science and tech journalist, educator, and business professional, she works with organizations offering solutions to improve the experience of aging and eldercare-giving. She also leads social media workshops at East Bay assisted-living communities.

March 29th @ 9:00am - 1:00pm
The Lake Merritt - Independent Senior Living
5th Annual Bone Health Fair for Adults over 45

Do you want strong bones for a healthy life? Hear the latest on bone health. Learn about osteoporosis, nutrition for bone health, bone loss, fracture risk, and bone healthy eating.

This 3-1/2 hour event will include presentations by three (3) experts.  Exercise Specialist Pamela Stoker will teach you which type of exercise is best for building bone density, and what exercises can help increase strength and prevent falls.  Nutritionist Melissa Ford Cox will further educate you on the importance of calcium and Vitamin D in your diet, as well as how to maximize bone-building nutrients.  Beginning at 12:00pm, a calcium rich lunch will be served. During lunch, we will welcome our keynote speaker, Dr. Moshe Lewis, who will discuss why bone health matters, how to prevent bone loss, how osteoporosis is diagnosed, and what treatments are used to prevent fractures.

This program is presented by American Bone Health in partnership with The Lake Merritt Independent Senior Living.

Please RSVP to 1-888-266-3015 or register online at There is limited space, so please sign up today.  FREE valet parking is available beginning at 9:00am.

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