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

Revolutions in Transportation:  How they impact the quality of urban life and the age-friendliness of cities

Revolutions in Transportation: How they impact the quality of urban life and the age-friendliness of cities

Thursday, February 7, 2019
6:00pm to 8:00pm
Perkins + Will
2 Bryant Street, #300, San Francisco
A five minute walk from Folsom and The Embarcadero

After decades of no change in urban transportation infrastructure – your parents and grandparents already waited at the bus stop – we are now in the midst of a transportation revolution, from ride sharing services to autonomous cars, that is rapidly changing the way we get from A to B. This forum will look at the potential impact of this trend on the quality of urban life and how this might affect the ‘age-friendliness’ of a city.

Speakers/Panelists:
Gerry Tierny, Architect and Associate Principal at Perkins + Will and Director of P+W’s Smart Mobility Lab.
Representative of Lyft, San Francisco

We would like to thank Rhoda Goldman Plaza, the Stupski Foundation, Perkins Will, and our dedicated volunteers for making this event possible.

Refreshments will be served

RSVP online or by phone (510)771-0116

Design Without Limits:  The Art of Creating Beautiful, Accessible Homes

Design Without Limits: The Art of Creating Beautiful, Accessible Homes

Thursday January 10, 2019
6:00pm-8:00pm

 
THE TAKEAWAY: Design for accessibility benefits us every day in public life, from curb cuts to stair rails to wider doors. In the realm of the private home, it is mostly shunned because accessibility has gotten a bad rap. It’s often associated with stainless steel grab bars, utilitarian roll-in showers, clunky stair lifts, and other institutional images. But this isn’t necessary. Wheelchair-riding architect Erick Mikiten, AIA discussed the importance of a design-first approach to accessibility, which makes these features welcomed rather than feared and gives people of different abilities and ages the option to live in their homes long term.

As a Governor-appointed California Building Standards Commissioner, Erick Mikiten also gave an overview of the differences between the ADA, the building code, and Universal Design as they relate to single-family homes.

Check out these 10 ideas for a great accessible home.

Mikiten 10 Great UD Ideas

We would like to thank our season sponsors, Rhoda Goldman Plaza and the Stupski Foundation, our venue sponsor, Ed Roberts Campus, and our dedicated volunteers for making this event possible.
 

Of Interest

Susanne Stadler: Life at Home and Aging in Community

A home for growing old gives us the opportunity to stay engaged and useful, remain part of our community, and build confidence when our abilities and strengths decline.

Watch this video of AHWGO’s Executive Director, Susanne Stadler, present a preview of the OLLI Course she taught in the Fall of 2018. In this presentation, Susanne highlights the values of designing for all ages & abilities and making our environment adapt to our needs. With her superb skill set and exemplary team of co-presenters, Susanne Stadler tackles the tough issues of aging at home and in the community.

Thank you to the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UC Berkeley for hosting the event and the course.

If you are interested in having Susanne Stadler present or teach a course to your organization, please fill out the contact form and we can schedule a consultation.

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 https://www.frameworksinstitute.org/reframing-aging.h

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.