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 In Place for Low Income Seniors – A New Model

Aging In Place for Low Income Seniors – A New Model

January 15, 2015 6 pm to 8pm
Ed Roberts Campus (Koret Conference Room)
3075 Adeline Street, Berkeley
(Across from the Ashby Bart Station)

 Aging In Place for low income seniors is currently only possible for people who can live independently. As people age and need more help with activities of daily living, the only alternative in California is a move to the nursing home. A much more cost effective approach would be to provide Medicare coverage for assisted living care in independent senior housing. That means bringing care to the people where they need it, keeping people in their home and community.

Lamar Turner, founder of ElderFocus, an advocate for low income seniors, developer and serial entrepreneur has been working on bringing together the many stakeholders and funding sources that would allow for such new  Aging In Place model for low income seniors. He will present this new model and talk about his vision.


‘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