Forum, Network and Resource for the Challenges of an Aging Society

Forum, Network and Resource for the Challenges of an Aging Society

What does it take to be 'at home with growing older'?

The challenges of growing old require active inquiry that is both interdisciplinary and intergenerational. AHWGO presents monthly events with top-notch speakers on a wide variety of topics. Use our resources to look beyond your own discipline, both for your professional work and your personal aging decisions. Take advantage of our collective experience as you create environments that support people as they age.

‘Towards a Universal City’   A Community Effort

‘Towards a Universal City’ A Community Effort

December 18, 6 pm to 8 pm
IDEO Offices
Pier 28 Annex, Embarcadero
San Francisco

San Francisco has unique characteristics that have to be addressed to allow people of all ages and abilities to live here. Cathy Spensley will give an overview of the work of the Age- and Disability Friendly Work Group. This is not only a report but also an invitation to brainstorm for a universal future of our City.

Cathy Spensley, MSW, LCSW, is senior division director of the Family Service Agency of San Francisco, overseeing programs that serve over 2000 seniors a year. Her work promotes partnerships among service providers, researchers and policy makers. She is passionate about bringing youth into the discussion on aging. Cathy also serves on AHWGO’s advisory committee.

‘Intergenerational Living’ Architecture for Community

‘Intergenerational Living’ Architecture for Community

November 20, 2014, 6pm to 8pm
Ed Roberts Campus, (Koret Conference Room)
3075 Adeline Street, Berkeley CA
(across from the Ashby Bart Station)

Both aging baby boomers and families who want their children to grow up in age-diverse environments are increasingly interested in forming intergenerational communities, yet housing design and development are lacking.

Professor Siepl-Coates will talk about what architecture can do to provide such opportunities, and present international case studies and student projects. She has taught at Kansas State University since 1984. Students in her graduate level design studios study and develop ideas for intergenerational living. Most recently her research has focused on environments for palliative care architecture. Download Intergenerational Communities – Siepl-Coates

‘Rituals and Celebration’ – Consecrating the Everyday

‘Rituals and Celebration’ – Consecrating the Everyday

October 16, 6 pm to 8pm
Francis of Assisi Residence
145 Guerrero Street, San Francisco

 

Redwing Keyssar, RN, BA, is director of the Palliative Care Program at Seniors at Home, a division of Jewish Family and Children’s Services of San Francisco. Redwing has worked for more than 20 years as a ‘midwife’ to the dying. Her book “Last Acts of Kindness: Lessons from the Bedside of the Dying” chronicles her experience and talks about ways to approach this everyday and yet unique experience for all of us. Her talk focuses on what it means to “show up” and be present for people who are at the of life, how we can best prepare for our own journey and examples of meaningful rituals for the end of life.

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