About Our Speakers
Owner and founder of Family Connect Care
Lauren founded Family Connect Care in 2008 after working with the elderly and memory-impaired for several years. Seeing first-hand examples of mistreatment and taking advantage of memory-impaired individuals, she saw the need for enhanced care management services and to assure the dignity of those who suffer from a variety of cognitive impairments.
Lauren has a love for older people, whom she refers to as, “chronologically gifted.” Some have even called her the, “Dementia Whisperer,” due to her innate ability to intuitively know what her clients need, even when they can’t express it for themselves.
Lauren earned her Bachelor’s degree from the University of LaVerne. Lauren holds many certifications related to aging and memory care. Among these, she is certified in gerontology by the California Board of Registered Nursing and in Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment. She is also certified by the Validation Training Institute in Validation Therapy.
Lauren is licensed by the State of California in Residential Care for the Elderly (RCFE) Administration, license #6031850740.
Garee T. Gasperian
Attorney at Law
Garee is an attorney located in Hermosa Beach devoted to assisting seniors and their families with the unique legal issues that arise as a result of aging, including conservatorships, elder abuse, estate planning and probate. Garee has lectured to and works with other professionals to implement practices to protect against harm resulting from diminished capacity. He is on a panel of attorneys appointed by the Court to represent proposed conservatees.
Garee grew up on the Westside of Los Angeles and completed his undergraduate education at UCLA. He earned his law degree from U.C. HASTINGS COLLEGE OF THE LAW in San Francisco and has been practicing law since 1988.
Garee is a resident of the South Bay. He is the President of the Board of Directors for Haven Academy of the Arts and a former board member for Cancer Support Community – Redondo Beach. Garee donates pro bono legal advice to ICAN (California Abilities Network), a nonprofit organization providing services to special needs impaired adults as well as Hope Chapel. Garee is also active with his church in various ways including serving as a Deacon for Benevolence.