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

Reclaiming the Role of Elder in the Age of Longevity

Reclaiming the Role of Elder in the Age of Longevity

Thursday May 19, 6pm to 8pm
Ed Roberts Campus, at Ashby BART
3075 Adeline Street, Berkeley

Over a quarter of baby boomers will live to celebrate their 90th birthday. True to form, the Boomers are not blindly adopting the 65+ lifestyle of their parents.  Most are asking, “What’s Next?” Many are looking for a healthier pace than they lived in their peak child rearing and professional years; but they remain eager to repurpose their skills in service of something that gives them a strong sense of meaning and purpose.  This interactive presentation gives a brief overview of the Sage-ing International perspective, which emphasizes reaping the wisdom of our life experience as a source of service to our families and communities and as a legacy to future generations.

Charlene E. Depner, Ph.D. is a Sage-ing International Intern and proud alum of The American Society on Aging Leadership Institute. She has over 30 years of experience working on child and family issues in academe and government.  Her longstanding focus has been on the social and demographic drivers shaping the American Family.   She is passionate about optimizing the quality life in of the second half of adulthood, building intergenerational bridges, and working with people as they navigate this uncharted stage of the life course.

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.

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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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