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.

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”

Aging In The LGBT Community

Aging In The LGBT Community

 

February 19, 6 pm to 8pm
Francis of Assisi Residence
145 Guerrero Street, San Francisco

This AHWGO forum will focus on the special challenges of being ‘at home with growing older’ in the LGBT community, the work of Openhouse San Francisco and current political issues such as the financial challenge older people in the community face who are transitioning from private disability to social security.
Fairley Parson, MSW, ASW has over ten years experience working with older adults, within the adult day health center system, as a political organizer and as a group facilitator and MSW-trainee. Fairley received her MSW at the University of California, Berkeley where she concentrated on gerontology and LGBT aging issues. She joined Openhouse in 2011. Openhouse is a progam rich organization in San Francisco that provides services and community to LGBT elder. Its LGBT friendly senior housing project in San Francisco has been approved.

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.

 

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