Following Robin Williams Documentary, Denise Dagan to be Featured on Lewy Body Dementia Panel, Wed, June 30, 11am PT Stanford PD Community Blog

Our very own Denise Dagan will be addressing the Lewy body dementia caregiving journey following the virtual screening of the new Robin Williams documentary “SPARK.”  The event is co-hosted by Brain Support Network and Family Caregiver Alliance.  Register now.

The educational film “SPARK” is about Robin Williams and Lewy body dementia (LBD).  The film was created by the Lewy Body Dementia Association and the producers of an earlier film “Robin’s Wish.”

Brain Support Network ( will be co-hosting with Family Caregiver Alliance ( this virtual screening on Wednesday, June 30, 11am-12:30pm PT.

After the 40-minute film, there will be a 45-minute panel discussion featuring three people you must see/hear —

  • Bruce Miller, MD, director of the UCSF Memory & Aging Center,
  • Dianne Weitzel, leader of the local SF Bay Area LBD caregiver support group, and 
  • Denise Dagan, volunteer with Brain Support Network and leader of the Stanford Parkinson’s Disease caregiver-only support group in Los Altos.

Dr. Miller is featured in the film “SPARK” as an expert on LBD. Dianne’s husband Gary died several years ago; LBD was confirmed through brain donation. Denise’s father Harry died several years ago; LBD was confirmed through brain donation. (The brain donations were both arranged by Brain Support Network. Note that LBD is confirmed through brain donation less than half the time.)

Even if you’ve recently seen “SPARK,” please tune in for the panel discussion as Dr. Miller, Dianne, and Denise are not to be missed. Dr. Miller has great empathy for those on the LBD journey. He is a treasure to the dementia community in the San Francisco Bay Area. Dianne and Denise are caregivers who have experienced hallucinations, delusions, fluctuating cognition, and dementia-related behavior. Both are long-time members of BSN’s local LBD caregiver-only support group meeting. The panel discussion will be recorded.

This film and the 45-minute panel discussion are ideal for all Lewy body dementia and Parkinson’s disease dementia caregivers — regardless of the stage of caregiving. There will be something here for every caregiver, family member, or friend.

Register here.

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