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Navigating The Encore Years

Navigating The Encore Years

October 5, 2017
Rhoda Goldman Plaza 
 

THE TAKE AWAY: What do you yearn for? Not too many people ask themselves this question in their ‘encore’ years. For Life Coach Josephine Withers this is the start of an exploration and the beginning of an action plan. Attendees were asked to role played coaching and discovered the power of this question. The goal is to give ourselves permission for a personal renaissance in this phase of life. It became also clear that this personal journey needs policy support  – that means the environment has to enable older adults – from curb cuts to elevator doors that close slowly. Much work still has to be done!

 
Taste, Flavor & Quality of Life

Taste, Flavor & Quality of Life

November 2, 2017
Ed Roberts Campus, Berkeley
 
 

THE TAKE AWAY:

Dr. Dara-Abrams is a gerontechnologist and sensory data scientist gave a passionate and in-depth presentation about the role of taste and flavor in how we experience life. It was clear that diminishing taste buds can cause loss of appetite, isolation and other related health issues. Senior Residences should place great importance on flavor choices to stimulate emotions, social connections, memories. To learn more look at the presentation TASTE & FLAVOR.

How To Provide Human-Centered Care To Older Adults?

How To Provide Human-Centered Care To Older Adults?

September 5, 2017
Ed Roberts Campus 
 

THE TAKE AWAY: As people live longer, the chances of having multiple chronic conditions, disabilities and different degrees of memory impairment increase, making community based, human-centered, integrated/coordinated care models more needed than ever. This forum is a candid exploration of what is and what should be and brings together the perspectives of  healthcare delivery, community based models and medical care. Presenters are Bob Edmondson,consultant, former CEO of OnLok and current board member of John Muir Health, Andrew Scharlach, Eugene and Rose Kleiner Professor of Aging and Director of the Center for the Advanced Study of Aging Services at UC Berkeley, Dr. Ken Covinsky, Professor of Medicine, UCSF

AHWGO September 5th Panel from Susanne Stadler on Vimeo.

‘Evolving Cities’: Observations, Insights and Views on Aging in Urban Environments

‘Evolving Cities’: Observations, Insights and Views on Aging in Urban Environments

 
JUNE 15, 2017
OFFICES OF IDEO
 

THE TAKEAWAY: Dr. Chris Luebkeman was incredibly inspiring at this forum. Thank you for jogging our minds and creating an arc between the circular economy and a wedge for a table leg in Switzerland. Aging is part of the everyday – and as June Fisher said, there is a whole list of mundane solutions that would make her life better. It is not complicated but we have to not only provoke and incentivize, we also have to have the confidence to tap into our own ingenuity and creativity and answer the questions– what do we want and what do we need to ‘own’ our aging process and help others to do the same?

In case you missed the presentation here is a link to it: 20170613-AHWGO-CLuebkeman Presentation

On The Intention Not To Slow Down

On The Intention Not To Slow Down

May 18, 2017
Ed Roberts Campus At Ashby Bart 3075 Adeline Street, Berkeley

 

THE TAKEAWAY: Thank you, Anita Bowers, for leading a lovely introspective evening by reading some of your poems and talking about your own process of growing older. Here is one of her poems from her book of poetry, We Are The Hunger, entitled, Tent.

Tent

My old blue tent rises on uneven ground,
staked tenuously against the wind
blowing off frozen buttes– held

by some twine I found
and some eight-inch metal hammered down
into dry dirt, among the busying of insects.

I have enclosed a space
which shadows of pinoak and red madrone will reinhabit

Those I love
are still asleep, near me
and in places I’ll go back to. There is a breathing of things

that comforts me. What I’m tethered to
crumbles, but not yet, not now. My living, too,

which I love

is nothing more than an enclosure
around a silence

where the intricate slow labor of breaking down
is all that continues.

20th Century Senior Housing: Trends, Case Studies

20th Century Senior Housing: Trends, Case Studies

April 20, 2017
Offices of Perkins Eastman, San Francisco
 
 

TAKE AWAY: Leslie Moldow, Principal at Perkins Eastman San Francisco gave a thorough and thought provoking presentation of the trends in Senior Housing. She illustrated them with examples from the companpy’s portfolio of Senior Housing Projects. Perkins Eastman researches and publishes these trends annually.

Here are the trends for 2017 (courtesy of Perkins Eastman):

  1. Aging IN Community
  2. Creating PARTNERSHIPS
  3. Serving the MIDDLE INCOME
  4. Embracing the power of EXPERIENCE
  5. Cultivating WELLNESS
  6. Design for RECRUITMENT and RETENTION
  7. Convergence of the LONG TERM CARE MODEL
  8. The future of MEMORY SUPPORT
  9. Living SUSTAINABLY
  10. Responding to DISRUPTORS (from Uber to Alexa)
When Retirement Comes With a Daily Dose of Cannabis

When Retirement Comes With a Daily Dose of Cannabis

March 16, 6pm to 8pm
Berkeley

 

TAKE AWAY As reported in a recent NYTimes article medical marijuana has become an alternative for powerful drugs for many seniors and is increasingly adopted from retirement communities to nursing homes. Harbor Bay Clinic in Oakland, a medical cannabis dispensary with a wide array of patient services, will address these questions. The Huffington Post reports that Patrick Stewart/Captain Pircard is using Medical Marijuana to combat athritis pain.

Representatives from the Harborside Medical Dispensary in Oakland presented about their services, use of products and accessibility.

Information on medical cannabis use in California.

Advocate!

Advocate!

February 23, 2017
Berkeley
 

THE TAKE AWAY
The scale of advocacy for older adults ranges from a personal one on one to concerted grass roots efforts and organized action. Barbara Kate Repa beautifully illustrated her experience and involvment in all these different levels, from the Funeral Society to the Ombudsman Program for Nursing Homes.The most poignant contribution came from a resident at Rhoda Goldman Plaza who stood up and said: “I have Alzheimers and I can still do things”.

Barbara Kate, a lawyer and journalist, has devoted her career to translating legal issues for consumers. She’s the author of several legal self-help books published by Nolo, as well as WillMaker—best-selling software that enables consumers to write their own wills, healthcare directives, powers of attorney and final arrangements. She currently writes and edits for a number of websites and publications on the legal and practical aspects of aging, caregiving, estate planning and end of life and currently volunteers with a number of groups focused on aging.

Thank you Barbara!

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

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

January 19, 2017
Berkeley
 

THE TAKE AWAY

We have to actively promote intergenerational interactions and living. Current social and legal structures do not support the complexity of family life. This will become even more urgent in the time of increased longevity.

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.

Food On The Table – Aging In Place

Food On The Table – Aging In Place

December 15, 6pm to 8pm
Uber Headquarters
San Francisco
 

THE TAKE AWAY

This forum provided for a rich discussion between high touch, Meals on Wheels, and high tech, UberEats, and revealed an amazing potential  to learn from each other for the benefit of the clients of both organizations.

The reality of an aging urban population with many single households needs problem understanding and collaborative action.

Stay tuned for a link to this evening’s presentations and discussion.

 

Retiring Retirement

Retiring Retirement

November 17, 6pm to 8pm
Ed Roberts Campus, Berkeley

THE TAKE AWAY 
A memorable evening – an informed presentation stirs an amazing, thoughtful, interdisciplinary discussion on retirement, the meaning of ‘old’, change, the seductive powers of anxiety and fear, the role of play throughout life, poverty, time affluence.

Thank you all for contributing to our mutual learning!

The following quote by Ruth Finkelstein is fitting for this evening:
“Currently, retirement is like crossing the rubicon — from being a person to only being. I’d like to change that so that employers value the skills, experience and knowledge of older employees and make it possible for them to work on their own terms. And that there is a whole universe of opportunity on the other side of retirement — entailing learning and contributing and leading. And that we value people whatever they decide to do.”

Thank you Erin for leading this evening!Here is a link to the two studies, Erin quoted from:

 http://agewave.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/2016-Leisure-in-Retirement_Beyond-the-Bucket-List.pdf

 https://www.ml.com/publish/content/application/pdf/GWMOL/MLWM_Work-in-Retirement_2014.pdf

Audio Recording will follow!

An Encore in the Peace Corp

An Encore in the Peace Corp

October 20, 6pm to 8pm
Francis of Assisi Residence
 
THE TAKE AWAY

Living for 2 years + in a brick home without electricity, internet and running water in Tanzania. Leading the following projects: building a well, getting medical equipment for the local hospital, getting life stock into the village, planting a garden that inspires villagers to grow their own food, teaching in the school. Returning at age 66 and looking for ways to continue teaching – preferably teenagers.Accepting differences between humans as something which just is.Learning patience.

Thank  you! Adrianne

 

 

 

Growing Up – Growing Older

Growing Up – Growing Older

September 30, 6pm to 8pm
Destiny Arts, Oakland
 

THE TAKE AWAY

This was a truly memorable evening with a stellar improve theater troupe and a stellar audience. They collaborated to weave together stories about growing up and growing older. We all realized that we are who we are and we share commonalities across our lives, no matter what age. Like – lying about our age – even when we are 93 we still get a kick out of getting people to believe  that we are 106.

Luckily we filmed this evening –

Thank you to the actors of Play Back Theater for a great performance and Destiny Arts for hosting this evening.

 

Life Outside The Home: Redefining Mobility to Ensure Social Inclusion

Life Outside The Home: Redefining Mobility to Ensure Social Inclusion

June 23, 6pm to 8pm
IDEO Offices,Pier 28 Annex
San Francisco

 

THE TAKE AWAY

This forum left no doubt that mobility needs redefining so older adults can continue to participate in public life. One of the achievements of this evening was that three very knowledgeable presenters from very different disciplines and backgrounds heard each other and talked to each other.

The other achievement was that we had two eloquent and very informative expert users on the panel who ‘drove the message home’ – that it is demeaning to have to prove every year that you are still disabled when you are an older person and things do not get better but normally get more complicated and that it makes a difference when the conductors on Caltrain are personable and care for their riders.

Some points which stuck – please add to them!

  • Paratransit does not consider hearing loss as disability
  • Embedding older adults with younger ‘maker’ and ‘design’ people makes sense for all.
  • Travel Ambassadors already exist in some cities.
  • All stake holders have to be part of the solutions in order to initiate real change (how will Dan Gillette involve BART in his co-design studio?)
  • Learning a public transit system is very challenging for older adults who had to give up their car.
  • How and where people travel in the City is part of their life’s story and influences their life story.

Thank you to Richard Weiner with Nelson Nyygaard, Dan Gillette with Citris at UC Berkeley, Jarmin Yeh, doctoral candidate at UCSF, Dr. June Fischer, Barbara Beskind and Gretchen Addi, IDEO and our audience for a great level of discussion and exploration.

 

Reclaiming the Role of Elder in the Age of Longevity

Reclaiming the Role of Elder in the Age of Longevity

Thursday May 19, 6pm to 8pm
Ed Roberts Campus, at Ashby BART
3075 Adeline Street, Berkeley

Over a quarter of baby boomers will live to celebrate their 90th birthday. True to form, the Boomers are not blindly adopting the 65+ lifestyle of their parents.  Most are asking, “What’s Next?” Many are looking for a healthier pace than they lived in their peak child rearing and professional years; but they remain eager to repurpose their skills in service of something that gives them a strong sense of meaning and purpose.  This interactive presentation gave a brief overview of the Sage-ing International perspective, which emphasizes reaping the wisdom of our life experience as a source of service to our families and communities and as a legacy to future generations.

Charlene E. Depner, Ph.D. is a Sage-ing International Intern and proud alum of The American Society on Aging Leadership Institute. She has over 30 years of experience working on child and family issues in academe and government.  Her longstanding focus has been on the social and demographic drivers shaping the American Family.   She is passionate about optimizing the quality life in of the second half of adulthood, building intergenerational bridges, and working with people as they navigate this uncharted stage of the life course.

THE TAKE AWAY

Thank you Charlie Depner for an inspired and intimate evening of reflection!

Communicating Aging Issues At The Policy Level

Communicating Aging Issues At The Policy Level

Thursday April 21, 6pm to 8pm
 

Brooke Hollister PhD,  led this work session about how to effectively communicate aging issues at the policy level. Brooke is Associate Professor of Sociology in the Institute for Health & Aging at the University of California, San Francisco. Thank you Brooke for an engaging evening – here is to political activism and the research which supports it! Check out the Newsletter of the Community Living Campaign in San Francisco for ideas where to engage locally.

THE TAKE AWAY

Political Activism

  • Every cause is political. Every group can be a political action group.
  • Politics is more accessible than you think.
  • Start at the local level
  • Sign up for listservs and newsletters from the groups you respect to get your news.
  • It is all about building relationships also with people you are not aligned with.
  • Know the political structure.
  • Concise message is key
  • Persistence is essential

Current Health and Aging

  • Health and Housing might become linked in the future.
  • Dual eligibility is handled differently in every county and an experiment.
  • Only by increasing the revenue stream can we tackle aging issues.
  • Older American’s Act has been reauthorized but is lacking ‘tooth’.
  • Pulling on heartstrings does not work for aging issues anymore – it is about cost saving and/or revenue streams.
  • AARP is starting to act more local – that is where the action is.
Eat Well to Live Well – The Art of ‘Green’

Eat Well to Live Well – The Art of ‘Green’

March 17, 2016 6 pm to 8pm
 
 

We all know that eating well is good for us.This is even more important in older age. Yet there are many reasons why many of us don’t do it. We do not understand the direct connection between food and well being, we do not have access to healthy food, we do not know how to prepare it and we lack the motivation because we are lonely. Presenter Laura Knoff is passionate about nutrition and shared her deep knowledge with us.

Laura holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from Florida Atlantic University, and was a Senior Research Associate in the Lipoprotein Group at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory for eight years. She is a Bauman College certified Nutrition Consultant and has been studying nutrition since 1975. She has been a Nutrition Consultant instructor at Bauman College since 2000. She is a registered professional member of the National Association of Nutritional Professionals (NANP) and is Board Certified in Holistic Nutrition by NANP. She is the author of “Veggiewoman’s Guide to Health: Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Sugar Free Eating” and “The Whole-Food Guide to Overcoming Irritable Bowel Syndrome: Strategies & Recipes for Eating well with IBS, Indigestion and other Digestive Disorders”

THE TAKE AWAY: Laura’s Presentation, Laura’ Favorite Greens

Audio File:

Aging Gracefully – Life at Home and Quality of Life

Aging Gracefully – Life at Home and Quality of Life

Thursday February 18, 6pm to 8pm
Francis of Assisi Community
145 Guerrero Street, San Francisco

AHWGO has been piloting an interdisciplinary model of problem understanding and solving to aging at home. In this presentation we shareed our experience, our process and recommendations that are responding to the aging process and draw inspiration from a new, expanded notion of what the role of home is as we get older

TAKE AWAY: 160218_AHWGO_agingGracefullyPresentation_final

Sleeping Well to Live Well: The Role of Sleep in Normal and Abnormal Aging

Sleeping Well to Live Well: The Role of Sleep in Normal and Abnormal Aging

Thursday January 21, 6pm to 8pm
Ed Roberts Campus, at Ashby BART
3075 Adeline Street, Berkeley

Sleep changes substantially across the lifespan, and the mechanisms and functional consequences of these changes are poorly understood. This talk gave a broad overview of how sleep changes in normal and abnormal aging as well as presented recent data highlighting the role of sleep in the development and progression of Alzheimer’s Disease, discussing the potential for sleep as both a biomarker of abnormal aging and a novel treatment target to improve cognitive health in older adults at risk for cognitive decline.

TAKE AWAY: Great slides with graphs and data from the presentation: 160121_Mander_SleepWell_LiveWell

Audio File:

Bryce Mander, PhD, is a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Psychology at University of California, Berkeley. He received his doctoral degree in Neuroscience at Northwestern University where he studied the impact of aging on the neural and cognitive response to sleep loss. He currently works with Drs. Walker and Jagust to study the role of sleep in cognitive decline in normal and abnormal aging. He seeks to determine if Alzheimer’s Disease progression is linked to disrupted sleep, and whether sleep can be targeted as a novel intervention to improve cognitive health in later life.

Reflections Of An Octogenarian: Written and Performed by Jayne Ross

Reflections Of An Octogenarian: Written and Performed by Jayne Ross

Thursday December 17, 6pm to 8pm
Francis of Assisi Community
145 Guerrero Street, San Francisco

Hardly a day goes by that a story doesn’t appear somewhere about growing old. Most of these are written by someone decades younger than the subject of the piece.

TAKE AWAY: In this thought-provoking monologue, Jayne Ross shared her experience about living in a Senior Retirement Community, which she affectionately calls the “cruise ship.”  She moved to San Francisco from Washington when it was time to be in a different living situation.  Now she cares for her husband, participates in activities, and has made many friends in her new environment.  One  of the poignant moments in her performance was when she discussed how the “D” word was not used.  We don’t die, we go to a better place, pass away, left, and many more.  She would like there to be more open discussion of death and dying in a place where people are probably going to live until they die. She was amazingly open about how she has met people and made new friends in San Francisco and the role her faith has played in helping her to cope.  With humor and honesty, she brought us into the world of senior living.

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