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

Feminism and Ageism

Feminism and Ageism

May 3, 2018 6pm to 8pm
Ed Roberts Campus at Ashby Bart
3075 Adeline, Berkeley 

 

Despite some gains, we still live in a patriarchal culture, and women transitioning into older age struggle with their roles in family, community and their self worth. At this stage in life, women often lose sight of their own potential, as well as their power to make a difference in the lives of others as relationships are changing, kids move out and they are asked to take on the role of caregiver to elder parents. Yet it is a time when the values of feminism can be either revived or newly discovered as a means to a purposeful and confident older age.
Dr. Bersing’s passion is to empower elders, especially women to regain their uniqueness and claim their right place in society.

Her presentation will focus on:

• understanding how sexism and ageism is robbing us from our power and how to reclaim it,
• learning ways to increase our sense of purpose,
• discovering a new role and sphere of influence as we transition into older age,
• exploring the potential of taking on the role of mentors in our communities,
• using the power of feminism to combat ageism.

Dr. Doris Bersing is a clinical psychologist and a Gerontologist and has taught and led numerous therapeutic groups and academic circles. Her extensive career spans her progression from clinician and professor to ED, COO, and CEO of various companies in the health care and senior care arena. During her career, she has also held senior positions in graduate schools, health centers and hospital settings. She is lecturing nationally on issues of aging and long-term care and LGBT sensitivity training. She currently serves on the Advisory Council for the UCSF Collaboration (Institute of Health & Aging; School of Medicine and the National Center of Excellence in Women’s Health; and Lesbian Health Research Center) and the Children’s Hospital & Research Center Oakland– Department of Psychiatry. Author of several books and articles, Doris is working on putting finishing touches on her latest book, ‘Still A Chance: From Crone To Mentor.’

RSVP through Eventbrite or call 510 771-0116

Of Interest

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

An Empirical Approach to Reframing Aging and Ageism

An Empirical Approach to Reframing Aging and Ageism

“America is having conversations about varying sources of inequality—we’re talking about how gender, race, economic status, or citizenship status can shape life trajectories and what the public response should be. And we are accustomed to hearing about “disruptions” or changes that create new opportunities, new challenges, and essentially, a new normal. The topic of aging isn’t coming up in any of these conversations. Americans hear little about aging as a matter that requires a public response, and even less about ageism—discrimination based on age.” Read more on this at http://frameworksinstitute.org/assets/files/aging_elder_abuse/aging_research_report_final_2017.pdf

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.

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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

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