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.

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2 Women, 2 Stories: Aging with Power, Grace and Humor

2 Women, 2 Stories: Aging with Power, Grace and Humor


Thursday November 15, 2018
Ed Roberts Campus


What’s What Productions presents 2 Women, 2 Stories —Two solo performances about the trials and tribulations of aging, such as menopause, care-taking older parents and all the funny and moving moments that happen along the way.

In What’s Wrong with a Mouse? Vicki works to heal a 20-year rift with her father, who disowned her for being queer. As Vicki cares for her father during his final days, she travels back in time with humor and heart.

In What’s My Age Again? Merry travels through the unknown terrain of peri-menopause introducing her grandmother, mother, and daughters through hilarious and poignant stories, that range from stand-up comedy to self-revelatory performance.

Merry Ross is a drama therapist, teacher, actor, and director. Her last one woman show, Body Language was performed at the Marsh in San Francisco almost 20 years ago. A long-term performing member of Living Arts Playback Theatre ensemble, Merry taught theater at Laney College for 10 years where she directed, produced and acted in The Vagina Monologues. She performed her highly regarded one-woman show, What’s My Age Again? for standing ovation crowds at various Bay Area locations as well as SF Fringe, New York Fringe and Santa Cruz Fringe festivals and at the London Women’s Theater Festival. Her greatest joy is performing with her partner in crime, Vicki Dello Joio.


Vicki Dello Joio
 is a performer, workshop facilitator and speaker. Author of The Way of Joy and founder of Way of Joy Qigong™, Vicki also teaches programs in Rock Star Speaking & Story-telling.  A founding member of the women’s theater company, Common Threads, which toured in Europe in the mid-eighties, Vicki recently completed a run of her acclaimed one-woman show,What’s Wrong with a Mouse to sold out shows and rave reviews at Fringe Festivals in Santa Cruz, San Francisco and Ne York City as well as runs at the L.A. Women’s Theater Festival. She has directed and performed in numerous shows in the Bay Area and has been a member of the Living Arts Playback Theater for 20 years. Performing with her performance partner, Merry Ross, continues to be a highlight in her life.

RSVP by calling 510-771-0116 or online.

We would like to thank our forum sponsors, venue sponsor, the Ed Roberts Campus, and our premier season sponsors, the Rhoda Goldman Plaza and the Stupski Foundation.

Of Interest

Register for a course at Berkeley through OLLI led by AHWGO Executive Director, Susanne Stadler

Register for a course at Berkeley through OLLI led by AHWGO Executive Director, Susanne Stadler

About the Course

Susanne Stadler will be leading Life at Home and Aging in Community, a six week course, through OLLI @ Berkeley, one of 122 Osher Lifelong Learning Institutes nationwide. This will be a survey course on how to customize aging in one’s own home, addressing topics such as home adaptation, simple DIY improvements, digital tools, self health advocacy, and community resources.

Susanne will be joined by other leaders in the field: Clare Cooper Marcus, Professor Emerita in Architecture and Landscape Architecture and a pioneer in the design of healing landscapes, UC Berkeley College of Environmental Design; Richard Caro, Co-Founder of Tech-enhanced Life and serial entrepreneur in hi-tech; John Newman, geriatrician and educator at the Buck Institute and UCSF; Andrew Scharlach, longtime Eugene and Rose Kleiner Professor of Aging at UC Berkeley School of Social Welfare and expert in aging-friendly communities; and Steve Lustig, Associate Vice Chancellor Emeritus, UC Berkeley Health and Human Services and an advocate for an age-friendly Berkeley.

The course will begin on Wednesday, October 3, 2018 and runs every Wednesday from 2:00 – 4:00 pm until November 7, 2018.

Discount Code

As a member of the AHWGO community, you can register for this course at a substantial discount. When registering for the $145 course use the discount code below to waive OLLI’s $50 single term membership fee, typically required to register for a course.

Discount Code: AHWGO

How to use the discount code: Once you select to register for the course, you will be instructed to create an account. After entering your information, select a single term membership, and apply the discount code which will waive the membership fee for this course.

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You can find the full course syllabus here.


8th Annual Legacy Film Festival on Aging

8th Annual Legacy Film Festival on Aging

The 8th Annual Legacy Film Festival on Aging in San Francisco, Sept. 14-16, focuses on an international range of dramas and documentaries aim to educate, entertain, and inspire intergenerational audiences about the issues and challenges of the aging community.

This year’s festival features: shorts from Serbia, Bulgaria and Sardinia, and longer documentaries and dramatic features reflecting cultural experiences of 90s Cuba, and just by coincidence, two films from the Czech Republic, as well as homegrown products from the USA. Many of these superb and stirring films will be debuting at the festival.

For more information on the festival Click Here

Seeking More Board Members

We’re looking for a few talented and conscientious volunteer board members to lead and strengthen our programs. If you can contribute your time, thoughtfulness, and leadership, and are interested in exploring this opportunity, contact us by phone or email 510-771-0116

OpEd Webinar on April 25th Featuring AHWGO Board’s VP

OpEd Webinar on April 25th Featuring AHWGO Board’s VP

Social isolation and loneliness; women and money; what retirement really looks like — these are among the topics Age Wave has covered in its latest research.

In this special webinar for the encore community, Age Wave’s head of research, Erin McInrue Savage, was interviewed and shared insights & data.

Erin also shared her experience as a 30-something working in aging, and her intergenerational work as a board member of At Home With Growing Older.

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

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

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