AgeSong Launches “The Guru Project”

AgeSong announces an initiative aimed at learning from elders called
“The Guru Project” The Guru Project logo

San Francisco, CA – February 11, 2015 – AgeSong, the San Francisco Bay Area’s leading lifestyle communities for elderly care, announced today a partnership with three of the industry’s leading experts in the care for elders to launch a new initiative called “The Guru Project”. This partnership is focused on minimizing the use of medication in geriatric mental health care.

“I am honored to have the opportunity to partner with three of the industry’s leading experts in the area of mental health to thoroughly explore the approach of care for those who are in various stages of forgetfulness, what is commonly diagnosed as Alzheimers and/or Dementia, with reduced use of medications,” AgeSong CEO and founder, Dr. Nader Shabahangi said.  “The AgeSong Guru Project will focus on learning directly from elders who are living with the changes brought on by forgetfulness (Alzheimers/Dementia).  Much of the industry resources focus on “instant gratification” medications that often restrict the life of the person, whose lifestyle is shifting due to mental and physical changes.  This project is solely based on what elders verbal and non-verbal communication is trying to tell us. We will look at any behavior as an expression of need we, the observers and care partners, must explore and understand more deeply.”

The AgeSong Guru Project is a one-year initiative that will focus on comprehensive care partnerships with elders to understand need-driven behaviors and minimize risky use of psychotropic medication.  To complete this project AgeSong has engaged in a partnership with Psychiatrist and Pacific Institute board member Dr. Richard Patel; Geriatrician, Dr. Allen Power; and Psychologist, Dr. Richard Taylor.

“As people progress with Alzheimer’s/Dementia, their humanity increases. As care takers, we must be prepared for that humanity as it is ‘unleashed’,” said Dr. Richard Taylor.  “Having been diagnosed with Dementia over ten years ago, I am delighted to support one of AgeSong’s key core value’s with this project, enabling elders to live a balanced and uninhibited life.  I am looking forward to witnessing our results being implemented within an organization that is changing the way eldercare is approached.”

Lectures and workshops are open to the public. To register for an upcoming event associated with the Guru Project, click here. If you would like to be informed about future educational resources and events, please click here to join our mailing list.

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