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

Navigating The Encore Years

Navigating The Encore Years

October 5, 2017, 6pm to 8pm
Rhoda Goldman Plaza, 
2180 Post Street, San Francisco
Suggested Admission $15 Sliding Scale

We are in the midst of a new frontier for people over fifty who often find themselves stuck between their former work or career and the “Is this all there is?” of their retirement years. Dr. Josephine explores the fears, challenges, and exhilarations of creating a whole new life in the encore years that serves the physical, emotional, and spiritual longings of those trying to figure out the big “next” in their lives.

As a Professor of Art History at the University of Maryland, Josephine Withers started to informally coach her students and when she ‘graduated’ into retirement she became a certified Life Coach as an Encore Career.

In this talk she will share her personal experience with this Encore career, describe how life coaching works, in group and one-on-one settings; a brief history of the coaching field; how it’s different than therapy; and a group exercise which will give participants an experience of life coaching and its potential for ‘figuring it all out’!

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How To Provide Human-Centered Care To Older Adults?

How To Provide Human-Centered Care To Older Adults?

September 5, 2017, 6pm to 8pm
Ed Roberts Campus
At Ashby Bart 3075 Adeline Street, Berkeley


As People live longer, the chances of having multiple chronic conditions, disabilities and different degrees of memory impairment increase, making community based, human-centered, integrated/coordinated care models more needed than ever.

This panel discussion will explore:

  • Models of integrated/coordinated care that address a broad range of care needs
  • Why PACE, one of the best-known integrated care models, is successful but has not been adopted at a larger scale
  • Integrated care components that could be replicated and potentially connected in different ways to reach a larger part of the population
  • Missing links in existing care models

We will discuss these questions in the context of medical care, healthcare delivery, community-based services and funding.
Medical Care Perspective: Dr. Ken Covinsky, Professor of Medicine, UCSF
Healthcare/Funding Perspective: Robert Edmondson, Consultant, former CEO of OnLok, board member of John Muir and Eskaton.
Community Based Models: Andrew Scharlach, Eugene and Rose Kleiner Professor of Aging and Director of the Center of the Advanced Study of Aging Services at UC Berkeley
Moderator: Susan Poor, Aging in Community Consultant

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Of Interest

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