Forget-Me-Not Luncheon

Honoring Joyce Leanse

OPICA is privileged to honor Joyce Leanse for her significant contributions to the Alzheimer’s community.

Joyce Leanse combines a calm grace with a steely resolve to get things done—attributes that have made her indispensable to the OPICA board, on which she has served for thirteen years.  As her three sons can attest, she used those same qualities to raise them to be the fine men they are today; to complete her MPH at UCLA while caring for her immediate and extended family; to move with her husband Jay to Washington D.C. and there join the National Council on the Aging, where for sixteen years she was its Director of Senior Centers. During that time, she established a leadership group and developed training programs for Adult Day Care staff and others serving older adults.  Working with representatives from some of the country’s finest group programs for older adults, Joyce generated standards for both Senior Centers and Adult Day Care.  When she and Jay returned to Los Angeles, she continued working for NCOA as its Western Regional Director, specifically overseeing work-training sites for older workers.

After her retirement, Joyce looked for ways to use her skills and her awareness of the needs of older adults, especially those with age-related mental impairment. Thus, OPICA, to which she was introduced by her friend Marilyn Levin.  Even through Jay’s illness and death, Joyce made time for her work with OPICA.  Now, while she actively participates in Leo Baeck Temple’s Community of Elders and faithfully attends every game, performance, and birthday of her nine grandchildren, OPICA continues to be the recipient of her wisdom, her energy, her dedication, and her love.



Thursday, June 14, 2018
Four Seasons Hotel
300 South Doheny Drive (at Burton Way)
Los Angeles, California

Doors Open at 10:30 AM – Boutique
12:30 PM – Luncheon and Program to Follow


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