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Past Events

Older Adults as Drivers of Innovation

Older Adults as Drivers of Innovation

 
JUNE 7, 2018
ARUP FORESIGHT
 

THE TAKEAWAY: This evening was full of entrepreneurial inspiration. We heard from older adults and learned how they are continuing their careers and pursuing their passions as entrepreneurs here in the Bay Area.

The conversation was led by Janet Oh, Paul Tasner, Kate Williams and was moderated by Gretchen Addi.

Thank you to our wonderful panelists, all those who came and the Arup Foresight for hosting this incredible evening.

Older Adults as Drivers of Innovation from Susanne Stadler on Vimeo.

Feminism and Agesim

Feminism and Agesim

MAY 3, 2018 
ED ROBERTS CAMPUS AT ASHBY BART

 

THE TAKEAWAY: Dr. Doris Bersing made a call to action, reminding the (majority female) participants in this forum that there is still much to fight for, that we can use the skills we learned when fighting for feminism to go to battle against ageism, encouraging us to embrace older age as an amazing opportunity to tap into the richness of our skills and to become mentors to younger generations.

Thank you Doris for your passion and persistence for mentorship and for seeing older adults as beautiful old souls and honor their diginity in the work you do!

Here is a short sound recording of this forum!

Insider Voices: Sharing Different Paths Taken, Lessons Learned and Questions Unanswered

Insider Voices: Sharing Different Paths Taken, Lessons Learned and Questions Unanswered

APRIL 5, 2018, 6 PM TO 8 PM
RHODA GOLDMAN PLAZA

THE TAKEAWAY: This forum was a powerful learning experience because the teachers were four women who spoke from personal experience with great clarity, honesty and gratitude. They were so generous in sharing their very personal questions, challenges and thoughts.
Sandy: Inspired us to make our voices heard, vote and be an activist.
Stefanie: Told us that there is always time to make new friends. Although at her age (80s), you cannot make long term friends anymore. She inspired us with her dreams and sense of humor.
Sherry: Taught us that we actually know about aging when we consider that we are standing on the shoulders of our ancestors. It is also so important to create a circle of support and ask for help.
Judy: Warmed our hearts when she actually described what being at home with growing older meant for her -adjusting emotionally to being an older person and adjusting to a new life at home with, in her case, chronic pain of arthritis.

“I walked away with much optimism and very proud to be part of the older women’s club” (Susi Stadler, 60).

Thank you to panelists Sherri Hayes Sawyer 63, Judy Jacobs 70, Sandy Ouye Mori 75, Stephanie DiGiorgio 83 and to our moderator Beth MacLeod, 60+.

Free to Move- From the Fullness of a Long Life

MARCH 1, 2018, 6 PM TO 8 PM
ED ROBERTS CAMPUS, 3075 ADELINE
BERKELEY, FULLY ACCESSIBLE
 

TAKEAWAY: Greacian Goeke connected us all by asking us to move. A simple invitation that showed all of us that by not moving we are not expressing ourselves to the fullest. Thank you to Greacian and the members of the Improptu No Tutus for transforming us into social beings that evening.

Here is a taste of the connections made:

Social Security, Medicare and the Campaign Against Entitlements

Social Security, Medicare and the Campaign Against Entitlements

 
 
February 1, 2018
San Francisco

 

THE TAKEAWAY:

The powerful slides of the presentations by Carroll Estes and Kevin Prindiville provide excellent data and concrete arguments why social insurance is beneficial for a flourishing society and economy.

Carroll Estes- Social Justice and Social Insurance

Kevin Prindiville Justice in Aging- Fighting Senior Poverty Through Law

Social Security, Medicare and the Campaign Against Entitlements from Susanne Stadler on Vimeo.

Thank you to our sponsors: Community Living Campaign and  Mikiko Huang and Marshall Stoller

 

How To Prepare For A Meaningful End Of Life

How To Prepare For A Meaningful End Of Life

January 11, 2018
Ed Roberts Campus Berkeley
 

THE TAKEAWAY: This forum had magic. Deep compassion, experience and humanity resonated in the conversation between Theologian Megory Anderson, Ph.D and Katy Butler, author and journalist. Megory who also leads the Sacred Dying Foundation shared her work about helping people to understand their last wishes and rites of passage. Katy Butler’s talked about her work on finding a path to the end of life that allows dying with dignity. Many of us walked away with looking at death with less fear and more hope.

Thank you to our generous sponsors:

Forum Sponsor: Age Wave

Venue Sponsors Ed Roberts Campus and Center for Accessible Technology

How To Prepare For A Meaningful End Of Life from Susanne Stadler on Vimeo.

How can we keep older adults connected?

How can we keep older adults connected?

December 7,  2017
Metta Fund, San Francisco

THE TAKEAWAY:  A huge thank you to our panel of speakers and moderator, Katy Hoepke from San Francisco Village, Katie Wade from Senior Center Without Walls, Cathy Michalec from Little Brothers- Friends of the Elderly, Keith Wong from the Felton Institute and Cathy Spensely, Director of Senior Division at the Felton Institute.

Here are some of the major points discussed this evening:

  1. Barriers to connection: Language (even within a family – especially in Chinese Community), quality of housing, transportation, lack of social care, shame (asking for help)and ageism.
  2. Isolation of Family Caregivers: More attention needs to be given to the social isolation of caregivers. They need better access to respite options.
  3. Connecting the connectors: The four panelists from four organizations who, in very different ways, address the social isolation, did not know each other. All agreed that there was room for collaboration.
  4. Volunteers: Find, match and motivate volunteers.  Many young people in SF want to make a difference. It is important to creating value for the volunteer and communicating the value. It is always a reciprocal relationship.
  5. Finding help: Not enough people know how to find the organizations who can help them. Nonprofits need the funds to invest in branding/marketing/outreach.

Ideas from the wrap-up brainstorming:

  • Resource guide for MDs.
  • Meeting between Chinese leaders and programs that address social isolation so that these services reach marginalized populations.
  • Start a conversation: How do we move towards intergenerational consciousness?
  • More arts in creative aging.
  • Make it an award/reward: Privilege to talk to an elder and learn about their aging experience and their perspective on how to manage this phase of life.
  • Involve arts in reducing shame.
Navigating The Encore Years

Navigating The Encore Years

October 5, 2017
Rhoda Goldman Plaza 
 

THE TAKEAWAY: 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 TAKEAWAY:

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 TAKEAWAY: 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
 
 

THE TAKEAWAY: 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

 

THE TAKEAWAY 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 TAKEAWAY
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 TAKEAWAY

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 TAKEAWAY

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 TAKEAWAY 
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 TAKEAWAY: 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 TAKEAWAY

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.