The Institute For Genetic Medicine Art Gallery, Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California will be hosting a forum titled “Memories of the Way We Were,” dealing with mental health issues related to Alzheimer’s and dementia.

“Citizen Tanouye” tells the story of a 442nd Regimental Combat Team soldier who posthumously received the Medal of Honor.

It will take place on Saturday, June 22, from 2:30 to 6:30 p.m. at 2250 Alcazar St., Los Angeles.

The forum will focus on the importance of preserving memories through oral history as illustrated by a screening of the documentary “Citizen Tanouye” (, Alzheimer’s/dementia research and treatment, music therapy for Alzheimer’s/dementia patients, caregiver support, and the effects of cross-generational interaction (seniors and preschool children).

The mission of this forum is to provide an art-based framework in which to present the combining of art and science as a means of preventative health care and healing, reflecting the mission of Institute For Genetic Medicine Art Gallery. Through this open forum format, people from seemingly unrelated fields have coordinated their knowledge and skills to develop an arts-based solution (video gaming technology) to a form of visual impairment. This was achieved by two people taking the time to share information, a diagnostic graph that could be translated into a gaming code language. 

The concept in having this variety of speakers is to present a one-stop resource experience for those attendees who are new to dealing with this crisis. In that same fashion, the goal is to provide a network experience for the professionals to see what experts in other aspects of Alzheimer’s/dementia care are doing that might lead to an exchange of information or a future partnership.

To RSVP or for more information, email or call (818) 913-0640.

“Citizen Tanouye” will also be screened on Saturday, June 29, at 1 p.m. at the Japanese American Christian Chapel, 300 Mission Dr., Camarillo, at an event co-sponsored by the JACC and JACL. For more information, call (805) 384-9333 or email

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