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 older require active inquiry. AHWGO is a group of multi-disciplinary professionals who have come together to re-envision the aging experience. We present 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.

Next Events

Food On The Table – Aging In Place

Food On The Table – Aging In Place

December 15, 6pm to 8pm
Uber Headquarters
San Francisco
 

Meals on Wheels , a nonprofit founded in 1970  is getting food on the table of mostly low income older adults who have limited access to food. Meals on Wheels is serving 1.6 million meals each year. UberEats and other for profit food delivery and food preperation services have now sprung up all over the Bay Area serving professionals and others who do not have time to cook or do not know how to cook. Outsourcing meal preparations or planning for meals is becoming more and more an alternative for busy families.

We will explore how this development might benefit an aging urban population with many single households and talk about the different role food plays in people’s lives.

This is not about marketing a specific company or organization but thinking broadly about how this movement impacts who lives in our cities.

Please join Meals on Wheels and UberEats for an informed discussion of food, food delivery, the transitioning ways that we purchase, provide food as well as the complex role food plays in our social and emotional lives.

Of Interest

The Dignity Fund

The Dignity Fund

Our board members Marie Jobling (animal attire) and Cathy Spensley (human attire) rallying in San Francisco for the Prop I, the Dignity Fund. An important measure to support the 25% seniors and people with disabilities who live in SF.

Design x Technology + Medicine = Embolden Bodies

Design x Technology + Medicine = Embolden Bodies

Something we have been talking at AHWGO becomes more of a reality through 3D printing. The designers and architects Charles and Ray Eames brought design many years ago into medicine but somehow this marriage was suspended until just now.  Ted Talk illustrates possibilities.

The Architecture of Palliative Care

Thirteen architecture students from Kansas State University visited the Bay Area at the beginning of November. Their Professor is Susanne Siepl-Coates who for years has been leading the charge in teaching design studios that address the architecture of care, health and universal design. This year her students are tasked with a design proposal for a palliative care facility on the campus of Mills College.

AHWGO hosted a learning forum for the students, inviting practitioners from architecture and social services to engage with students about their projects.

This is what students had to say about their experience in their newsletter:

As a highlight of the trip, the students were invited by the bay-area-based forum ‘At Home with Growing Old(er)’ [AHWGO] in Berkeley to present initial design ideas/visions and to engage in a dialogue with a group of interdisciplinary hospice professionals and academics.

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A Home For All Ages

A Home For All Ages

A Home For All Ages gives us the option to live longterm in our home if we choose to do so.  In her recent keynote speech at the Avenidas Housing Conference Susanne Stadler emphasized that it is time for personal activism in our own homes. Setting the right priorities is key in making one’s home safe and delightful. We can build on the hard won baseline of accessibility, think of our homes as adaptable ‘beings’ (this should be a balanced relationship – not just us adapting to a home that has smaller and bigger inconveniences!) and make them livable for all ages. See more:  A Home For All Ages

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