Annual AgeIn

The agein logo, a deep orange square in the center fading to a less-saturated orange color as it spreads outwards.

3rd Annual agein

Elder Wisdom:  An Overlooked Resource for Trying Times

~ Saturday, June 4, 2022 ~

10:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. PST | Doors Open at 9:30 a.m.

Our current human and environmental challenges are daunting. These issues are complex, hard to navigate, and can’t be ‘Googled’.  But we can tap into a valuable resource: our past, our experience. The 2022 agein features lifelong change-makers who paved their own paths where no roads existed. Join us as they share their collective wisdom with our mighty intergenerational community.

If you’d like to become a sponsor, join our planning committee or volunteer day-of at our 2022 agein in June, contact info@athomewithgrowingolder.org!

Arrival, Music, Connecting ……………….. 9:30 to 10:00 a.m.

Welcome by AHWGO (Susi Stadler/Candiece Milford) ……………….. 10:00 to 10:15 a.m.

Setting the Tone (Sarah Crowell) ………………..  10:15 to 10:30 a.m.

Panel Discussion (Sasha Johfre & Panelists) ……………….. 10:45 to 11:45 a.m.

(i.e. A lightly moderated conversation between lifelong change-makers).

Facilitated Lunch Conversations ……………….. 12:00 to 12:45 p.m.

Report-In and Wrap-Up ……………….. 12:45 to 1:15 p.m.

agein Award ……………….. 1:15 to 1:30 p.m.

Farewell ……………….. 1:30 p.m.

Destiny Arts Center

970 Grace Ave, Oakland, CA

Easy Street Parking | 1 Mile from Ashby BART Station (about a 15-minute walk) | Fully Accessable Facility

*Masks required. Proof of COVID-19 vaccination at the door is required for entry. Venue offers spacious rooms and updated ventilation system.

Learn more about Destiny Arts!

Panel Moderator: 

Sasha Shen Johfre, PhD Candidate in Sociology, Stanford

Sasha Shen Johfre is a Ph.D. Candidate in Sociology at Stanford University. Her research and writing focuses on the social construction of social knowledge, including the ways that ideas of human difference (e.g. based on gender, race, or age) are made to be seen as real and essential. She investigates the way people understand each other through categories, exploring why we put people into buckets like woman, man, Black, White, old, and young, and how we act differently depending on where we place somebody. Sasha previously worked as a staff researcher at the Stanford Center on Longevity, as well as a graphic designer and independent visual artist in the Bay Area. She earned an undergraduate degree in Evolutionary Biology from Harvard University. Sasha grew up in Oregon, and now lives in Redwood City with her spouse, seven chickens, and two cats.

Introduction to the 2022 agein:  

Sarah Crowell, Dancer, Choreographer, Educator, Co-Founder and Former Artistic Director of Destiny Arts

Sarah at Destiny Arts

Sarah Crowell has taught dance, theater and violence prevention for over 30 years. She just recently left her position as the Artistic Director at Destiny Arts Center in Oakland, CA where she served in different capacities from 1990-2020, including Executive Director from 2002-2007. She founded and co-directed the Destiny Arts Youth Performance Company from 1993-2020, which has been the subject of two documentary films, and won the National Arts & Humanities Youth Program Award. Sarah has facilitated arts integration, violence prevention, cultural humility and team building professional development sessions with artists and educators since 2000, both locally and nationally. She is the recipient of the KPFA Peace award, the KQED Women’s History Local Hero award, the Bay Area Dance Week award, the Alameda County Arts Leadership award, and the National Guild for Community Arts Education Milestone award. She is also a four-time finalist for a Tony Award for Excellence in Theater Education. 

Sarah is a retired professional dancer, having performed and toured with numerous dance and dance/theater companies including Impulse Jazz Dance Company in Boston and the Dance Brigade in San Francisco.  She also co-created the dance/theater company i am Productions! She believes that the arts are an essential component of the journey to social justice, especially art forms that involve moving the body. She believes that movement must be part of all movements for social change.

More Information About Sarah:

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Panelist:

Amy Meyer, Parks Advocate and Artist

 

The “Mother of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area,” Amy Meyer is a Bay Area conservationist who helped forge local and national support to preserve the land at the Golden Gate as a national park in the 1970’s. Thanks to their persistent grassroots efforts, Golden Gate National Recreation Area (GGNRA) was established on October 27, 1972. With the GGNRA, the National Park Service was breaking new ground, never before had an open space unit been so close to such a densely populated area; nor, this level of public involvement been put into the creation of a national park area. An artist and former teacher, she is a graduate of Oberlin College and California College of Arts & Crafts.

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Panelist:

Sandy Mori, Activist and Co-Founder of Kimochi

Sandy, born in the Tule Lake Japanese internment camp, has dedicated her life to social justice. After college, Sandy worked as a therapeutic and administrative dietitian in San Francisco, and learned more about the needs of first-generation Japanese people in San Francisco. In 1971, she co-founded the nonprofit organization, Kimochi to serve older Japanese-Americans in the Japanese Tradition. Sandy continues to serve on the City’s Long Term Care Coordinating Council and is the president of the Japantown Task Force Her work has impacted the lives of countless elders.

More About Amy: 

Panelist:

Jennie Chin Hansen, former President AARP and former CEO of the American Geriatrics Society

Jennie, trained as a nurse, was instrumental in developing a national program called Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly, or PACE, and became the first Asian American to serve as president of AARP in 2008 and is the immediate past CEO of the American Geriatric Society. She has served on the boards of many organizations with a focus on philanthropy and medicine.

More About Amy:

Join us at this year’s agein, as we present the2022 At Home With Growing Older Impact Award to

Louise Aronson!

The award honors individuals whose work has had a lasting positive impact on the experiences of later life through empowerment, education, advocacy and activism and who have supported the mission and work of AHWGO.

The recipient is selected by AHWGO’s Board of Directors – and this year’s vote was unanimous!

We’ve selected Louise Aronson because of her pioneering work in medicine and geriatrics. Louise’s book Elderhood: Redefining Aging, Transforming Medicine, Reimagining Life, a Pulitzer Prize Finalist and New York Times best seller, redefined the way we imagine aging.

We appreciate Louise’s advocacy for elders in the health field, her entrepreneurial drive for developing new ways to teach, and her generous spirit inviting AHWGO to be part of the innovative Age Self Care project.

Read more about Louise and her work: 

Early Bird Registration:  $45 (Available until May 7)

Regular Admission:  $55

(Scholarships available, contact info@athomewithgrowingolder.org for info).

Participants Age 0-25:  FREE (But still need to register in advance!)

Registration Includes: Admission to all discussion(full program),
morning coffee/tea, light lunch and beverages

I can’t attend, but I want to support At Home With Growing Older’s work!

Thank You to Our Experience Sponsor:

Rhoda Goldman Plaza is one of San Francisco’s first residential Assisted Living and Memory Caring communities for older adults. Founded in the Jewish faith, all are welcome. It is a walker’s paradise with a score of 98 out of 100, and located in Lower Pacific Heights.

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Book Donations Courtesy Of

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History of agein

In June of 2019, AHWGO piloted a day-long super forum, an ‘agein’ in the style of the 1960s teach-ins. We aimed to include people of varied ages and backgrounds, and explore how the later stages of life are seen, felt and understood.

Motivated by its success we will take this annual event to key locations in California in order to:

  • Reach new audiences
  • Incentivize other communities to form AHWGO creative learning communities
  • Identify more opportunities for AHWGO to bring aging consideration to a greater range of organizations and corporations

In 2021, we reconnected for our 2nd annual agein – a week-long celebration and fundraiser. Together, we celebrated the joy of creating, connecting and contributing at four online Play Dates and then finally at an in-person event at the Destiny Arts Center in Oakland, California.  From dancing, drawing and acting to enjoying good company and food … this event was all about celebrating joy!

Watch our video to see for yourself, and join us for our next agein!

People gathered around small tables in a large room, talking amongst themselves.

First agein, June 2019, Ed Roberts Campus Berkeley.

“….there were some amazing people and creative brains in the room and so much potential to activate whole communities and created system-wide change!”
agein participant

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