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

Older Adults as Drivers of Innovation

Older Adults as Drivers of Innovation

June 7, 2018 6pm to 8pm
Arup Foresight
560 Mission Street Ste. 700, San Francisco 

 

Join us for an evening of entrepreneurial inspiration. Hear from older adults and learn how they are continuing their careers and pursuing their passions as entrepreneurs here in the Bay Area.

Leading us in this conversation will be:

Janet Oh, the Director of The Encore Prize, a new program investing in innovative and scalable solutions utilizing encore talent in solving pressing social problems.

Paul Tasner became an entrepreneur at 66 and is now producing biodegradable packaging for consumer goods with his firm PulpWorks Inc.

Kate Williams is a 2014 Purpose Prize Winner. After losing her sight, she is forging a new path by helping blind people combat discrimination and find jobs.

Moderator: 

Gretchen Addi, Design Consultant, and AHWGO Board Member 

Thank you to ARUP Foresight for hosting this forum. ARUP is a global engineering firm. Foresight is Arup’s internal think-tank and consultancy, which deals with the future of the built environment and society at large.

Refreshments will be served, and this forum will be recorded.

You can RSVP to this event online at Eventbrite or call 510 771-0116

Of Interest

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 with At Home With Growing Older, a forum, network and resource for the challenges of an aging society, where she serves on the board!

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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