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 multi-disciplinary group of 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

Age at the Movies: Still Watching

Age at the Movies: Still Watching

Thursday October 4, 2018 5:30pm-8:00pm
Rhoda Goldman Plaza

2180 Post St, San Francisco, CA 94115
Fully Accessible


“Mr. DeMille, I’m ready for my close-up”

Movies can link us with our past, bringing back memories not only of the stars, the costumes and the settings but also of who we saw the film with, where we saw it, and how we bonded over certain films with certain people.

Join us for presentations by Rachel Main of the Alzheimer’s Association and co-founder of Creative Aging San Francisco, and Mary Scott, film history professor.

Rachel Main is the Family Support Coordinator for the Alzheimer’s Association, connecting patients and their care partners with education programs, support groups, care consultations, and other support and services. She is also the co-founder of Creative Aging San Francisco, a collective of individuals passionate about creative arts and healthy aging.

Mary Scott has been a professor of Film History and Film Production for many years, in the Bay Area and internationally.  She trained with the Zen Hospice project and volunteers at Laguna Honda Hospital’s Hospice Ward, and teaches Film Studies to older adults at SFSU’s OLLI program.

In this forum, Rachel will provide an overview of the “Movie Moments at the Vogue” program and explore how dementia-inclusive creativity and cultural arts events can foster thriving communities. Mary will look at the role of films and film-going. We’ll watch plenty of film clips!

Thank you to our sponsor, the Rhoda Goldman Plaza, and to the amazing group of volunteers who help make our forums possible.

RSVP on Eventbrite or call (510)771-0116

Refreshments Will Be Served!

This forum will be recorded

Of Interest

Register for a course at Berkeley through OLLI led by AHWGO Executive Director, Susanne Stadler

Register for a course at Berkeley through OLLI led by AHWGO Executive Director, Susanne Stadler

About the Course

Susanne Stadler will be leading Life at Home and Aging in Community, a six week course, through OLLI @ Berkeley, one of 122 Osher Lifelong Learning Institutes nationwide. This will be a survey course on how to customize aging in one’s own home, addressing topics such as home adaptation, simple DIY improvements, digital tools, self health advocacy, and community resources.

Susanne will be joined by other leaders in the field: Clare Cooper Marcus, Professor Emerita in Architecture and Landscape Architecture and a pioneer in the design of healing landscapes, UC Berkeley College of Environmental Design; Richard Caro, Co-Founder of Tech-enhanced Life and serial entrepreneur in hi-tech; John Newman, geriatrician and educator at the Buck Institute and UCSF; Andrew Scharlach, longtime Eugene and Rose Kleiner Professor of Aging at UC Berkeley School of Social Welfare and expert in aging-friendly communities; and Steve Lustig, Associate Vice Chancellor Emeritus, UC Berkeley Health and Human Services and an advocate for an age-friendly Berkeley.

The course will begin on Wednesday, October 3, 2018 and runs every Wednesday from 2:00 – 4:00 pm until November 7, 2018.

Discount Code

As a member of the AHWGO community, you can register for this course at a substantial discount. When registering for the $145 course use the discount code below to waive OLLI’s $50 single term membership fee, typically required to register for a course.

Discount Code: AHWGO

How to use the discount code: Once you select to register for the course, you will be instructed to create an account. After entering your information, select a single term membership, and apply the discount code which will waive the membership fee for this course.

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Register here

You can find the full course syllabus here.


8th Annual Legacy Film Festival on Aging

8th Annual Legacy Film Festival on Aging

The 8th Annual Legacy Film Festival on Aging in San Francisco, Sept. 14-16, focuses on an international range of dramas and documentaries aim to educate, entertain, and inspire intergenerational audiences about the issues and challenges of the aging community.

This year’s festival features: shorts from Serbia, Bulgaria and Sardinia, and longer documentaries and dramatic features reflecting cultural experiences of 90s Cuba, and just by coincidence, two films from the Czech Republic, as well as homegrown products from the USA. Many of these superb and stirring films will be debuting at the festival.

For more information on the festival Click Here

Seeking More Board Members

We’re looking for a few talented and conscientious volunteer board members to lead and strengthen our programs. If you can contribute your time, thoughtfulness, and leadership, and are interested in exploring this opportunity, contact us by phone or email 510-771-0116

OpEd Webinar on April 25th Featuring AHWGO Board’s VP

OpEd Webinar on April 25th Featuring AHWGO Board’s VP

Social isolation and loneliness; women and money; what retirement really looks like — these are among the topics Age Wave has covered in its latest research.

In this special webinar for the encore community, Age Wave’s head of research, Erin McInrue Savage, was interviewed and shared insights & data.

Erin also shared her experience as a 30-something working in aging, and her intergenerational work as a board member of At Home With Growing Older.

FrameWorks Institute

FrameWorks Institute

“FrameWorks is the research partner for the Reframing Aging Project, an initiative of the Leaders of Aging Organizations (AARP, the American Federation for Aging Research, the American Geriatrics Society, the American Society on Aging, the Gerontological Society of America, Grantmakers in Aging, the National Council on Aging, and the National Hispanic Council on Aging.) Together they represent and have direct access to millions of older adults and thousands of individuals working in aging-related professions.”

You can read more on the great work Frameworks Institute is doing at

An Empirical Approach to Reframing Aging and Ageism

An Empirical Approach to Reframing Aging and Ageism

“America is having conversations about varying sources of inequality—we’re talking about how gender, race, economic status, or citizenship status can shape life trajectories and what the public response should be. And we are accustomed to hearing about “disruptions” or changes that create new opportunities, new challenges, and essentially, a new normal. The topic of aging isn’t coming up in any of these conversations. Americans hear little about aging as a matter that requires a public response, and even less about ageism—discrimination based on age.” Read more on this at

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.


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