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



June 1, 2019
9:30 am – 3:30 pm
Ed Roberts Campus
Berkeley, CA

The AGE-IN will be a daylong event to celebrate our 10th year of engaging the community at large with a day of cross-generational learning on aging – with excellence, integrity, imagination, and delight

Modeled after the Teach-Ins of the 60s, learn about shifting the perspective on aging with a day of learning across generations and disciplines

Choose between 3 Learning Circles:

Social Justice: Discussing and introducing the concept of an ‘Emancipatory’ Gerontology – a tool that informs both direct services and the ways consumers and patients advocate for themselves and their communities. (Nicholas DiCarlo,Therapist/Author, Jarmin Yeh, Assistant Professor USCF, Talia Davidow, Over 60 Health Center)

Technology: How not to age-out of the ever-changing digital tool-rich world we live in? Explore differences between physical and digital world thinking and ways to become fearless in the digital world. (Team members of Center for Accessible Technology, Laurie Sanchez, Community Tech Network)

Design: Nature, architecture, day-to-day tools – they all play a role in keeping us connected. Get engaged in the creative process of shaping your own world as you grow older. (Lisa Carroll, Artist, Ricardo Gomes, Professor of Design SFSU, Susi Stadler, Architect, ED At Home With Growing Older)

Facilitated table conversations over a great lunch table! Connect with thought leaders and professionals in design, social justice, and technology

Light breakfast, lunch and birthday cake included!

Buy your tickets online.

Partner with us by hosting a group to attend Age-In. You can contact us for group ticket sales information at

We would like to thank Lead Sponsor, Rhoda Goldman Plaza, our Event Sponsors, Center for Accessible Technology, Community Living Campaign, Rhoda Goldman Plaza, Avenidas, Resin Advertising and Scott & Warner Builders, Inc. and our dedicated volunteers for making this event possible.

Please help us make this an inclusive event, accessible to all by donating here to support this advantageous ticket price. 

Of Interest

AWHGO’s Janice Schwartz Receives the PhRMA Foundation Award in Excellence

AWHGO’s Janice Schwartz Receives the PhRMA Foundation Award in Excellence

The Award in Excellence program, now in its 17th year, honors former Foundation grant recipients for outstanding career achievements. Every year, PhRMA Foundation grants Awards in Excellence to past awardees who are dramatic, living proof that the Foundation program works and makes a difference. These awards are given to scientists who received a Foundation grant at the outset of their careers in a discipline important to the research-based pharmaceutical industry when they were deciding on their area of specialization and went on to distinguish themselves through their scientific and/or academic achievements.

Congratulations to the 2019 Awards in Excellence recipients, Janice B. Schwarz, MD, and Jay I. Goodman, PhD.

Janice Schwartz is not only our valued Board member but also a Professor of Medicine in Geriatrics and Clinical Pharmacology at the University of California, San Francisco, is a board-certified internist and cardiologist with a distinguished record of leadership and research in clinical pharmacology and geriatric medicine. We are very proud of her and her accomplishments. Please join us in congratulating her.

Read the full article here

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.