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.

Aging Artfully

Aging Artfully

March 21, 2015 6 pm to 8pm
Ed Roberts Campus (Koret Conference Room)
3075 Adeline Street, Berkeley (Across from the Ashby Bart Station)
 

Sustaining or unearthing one’s creative spirit is a key life force, never more important than in the stage of life when we have more time but also have to make peace with the process of aging. Amy Gorman, social worker and artist will talk about her work and the discoveries she has made. She currently works with older adults in writing workshops, has written a book “ Aging Artfully” which portrays 12 women artists from 85 to 105 and has collaborated on the movie “Still Kicking” by Greg Young which is based on her book.Amy Gorman’s work as a medical social worker with dementia and Alzheimer’s patients led to her service as a board member at Lifelong Medical Care/Over 60 Clinic in Oakland, California, which addresses the medical and social needs of the aged. She is a member of LPN, the Life Planning Network, APH, the Association of Personal Historians, WNBA, the Women’s National Book Assn, and BAIPA, Bay Area Independent Publisher’s Assn. She currently leads guided autobiographical workshops.

Intergenerational Connections

Intergenerational Connections

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

Intergenerational work builds the capacity of younger and older adults to shape their awareness for each others’ life situations. Dance Generators at University of San Francisco is an intergenerational dance  company with members ranging from their teens into their eighties. Co-Director Natalie Greene and some members of the company will talk about their work and the challenges and opportunities  intergenerational connections offer beyond a model for focused creative work.

Falling: Not just about Safety

Falling: Not just about Safety

March 19, 2015 6 pm to 8pm
Ed Roberts Campus (Koret Conference Room)
3075 Adeline Street, Berkeley (Across from the Ashby Bart Station)

This talk addresses the hugely important topic of falling incidents among older adults both from a research and practical perspective. The fear of falling (Ptophobia) can be debilitating and in some cases can lead to older adults becoming bed ridden. Falls are one of the primary causes of death for older adults over 65 and often lead to a down spiral in physical and emotional health. There are many reasons why older adults are at the risk of falling, from vision impairment to medical imbalance. This is why  solutions have to be human centered and specific to an individual’s needs and circumstances.

Kathy Orsini, MSW is an oncology social worker at the Alta Bates Summit Comprehensive Cancer Center. In 2004 she began learning about falls among older adults as a health risk issue with risks that can be reduced by simple interventions.  Her graduate school research focused on the effect of chemotherapy on patients’ sense of balance.In her day-to-day work, she provides resources and motivational discussions to help patients who are at risk of falling.  See also related discussion in a recent NYTimes article: “Bracing for the Falls of an Aging Nation”

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