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

‘Grandparenting’  and Intergenerational Support in an Era of Family Complexity

‘Grandparenting’ and Intergenerational Support in an Era of Family Complexity

January 19, 6pm to 8pm
Ed Roberts Campus, Koret Room
3075 Adeline (at Ashby Bart)


As part of our intergenerational focus on aging, this forum will look at how intergenerational relationships help us to flourish; explore the contributions of grandparents and adults who assume traditional “elder” roles; and examine the way new complexities of our social world, including new social and legal roles, can accommodate or promote cross generational connections and life styles.

Charlene E. Depner, Ph.D. brings 30 years of experience in academia and government to the challenge of transforming social systems to work better for people of all ages in our diverse society. As Deputy Director of the Center for Families, Children and the Courts, a multidisciplinary office of California’s Judicial Branch, she oversees programs providing statewide education, quantitative data, and services that assist courts in meeting the emerging needs of today’s families. Her primary interests are in current social and demographic forces shaping families and in the rich variety of innovative responses developing at the grass-roots level.

Of Interest

Let’s Infuse The World With Joy!

Let’s Infuse The World With Joy!

We continue to be committed through our work to expand the view on aging and promote joy as well as safety as the corner stones of an aging experience we all deserve. Wishing you playful spirit, connection and community in abundance!


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.


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