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

The Power of Play

The Power of Play

Thursday April 4, 2019
Rhoda Goldman Plaza
San Francisco, CA

Play, and its cousins Imagination & Creativity, are a natural part of life at any age. Play allows us to explore outside of our routines and free up the places where we feel stuck. Join us for a look at Play in the lives of older adults, and get inspired by contemporary and historical role models who know the value of Play!

Zoë Francesca, MFA, Activity Therapist, believes we never lose our potential for self expression and connection. She works with older adults with and without memory loss, using art, music, literature and nature to engage the spirit, the intellect and the whole person.

Shela Pearl worked as an educator in NYC for over 40 years and was a recipient of the National Endowment for the Humanities’ Teacher of The Year award. She directed a high school English department, studied with Shakespeare & Co Theater, and co-led conversation groups at The Atria, a senior living community.

Ernest Kahn is an industrial designer, skateboarder, and yoyo champion.

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

Dinner will be served.

RSVP online or by phone, (510) 771-0116

Of Interest

Age In Poster Competition

Age In Poster Competition

At Home With Growing Older (AHWGO) a nonprofit Bay Area learning initiative on aging, run by a group of boldly interdisciplinary professionals, from designers to social service professionals. We are pleased to invite submissions for a commemorative Poster Design Competition for our 10-year anniversary of radical thinking about aging.

About the Competition

Topic: Don’t Trust Anyone Over 60!

The competition is open to students in Graphic Arts, Arts, or Architecture over the age of 18. The topic is a riff on a slogan popular in the 1960s “Don’t Trust Anyone Over 30” became synonymous for the distrust between students and the establishment. Those students are now seniors and find themselves on “the other side.” Even though life transitions have become more fluid, older age is still an “outlier” and something we rather not talk or think about. Participants are invited to fast forward to their own older age and reflect upon their self-image at this point in life.

You can read more about the competition here

Online Registration Form

Considerations for TNC Partnerships: Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities

Considerations for TNC Partnerships: Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities

“With rise of mobility options in the private sector, the promise of public-private partnerships is great. From first/last mile coverage to paratransit services, agreements with Transportation Network Companies (TNCs) such as Uber and Lyft can extend access to mobility to everyone in a community. Ridesourcing operations offer an exciting opportunity to provide on-demand service for individuals with disabilities and potentially delivering operational and management cost savings for agencies. With this innovation, agencies must consider the needs of individuals with disabilities and older adults as agreements are launched.

This informational brief, Considerations for TNC Partnerships: Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities, includes a checklist-type format to facilitate its use as agencies and others enter into agreements with non-traditional types of organizations to support mobility innovation.”

Judy Shanley, Ph.D.
Assistant Vice President, Education & Youth Transition Co-Director, FTA, NCMM

Click here to read the full report

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

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.