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 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.

 

‘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.

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