Elders at WoodPark love to engage with youth through music. Therefore, they were delighted when students from Patten Academy of Christian Education, a private K-12 Christian school in Oakland, performed a festive holiday chorus. It didn’t stop there. One elder was so excited, he joined the choral group on stage, singing with them familiar holiday carols.
What would it mean for an entire city to reimagine the way we live and die?
We at AgeSong are thrilled to be part of a unique San Francisco experience called Reimagine. From April 16-22 with more than 150 events all exploring big questions about life and death, Reimagine features a lineup from Academy Award winners Frances McDormand and Pixar’s team from the film Coco, to Daybreaker, GLIDE Memorial, SFJAZZ, and the founder of Burning Man. Our intention is to help break down taboos and inspire brave conversations across the city.
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AgeSong is participating in Reimagine by hosting an eventbecause we share this nonprofit’s vision of a world in which we are all able to reflect on why we’re here, prepare for a time when we won’t be, and live fully right up until the end. Check out our event “WHO WE ARE MATTERS AS WE MOVE TOWARD END OF LIFE.”on Friday, April 20, 2018, from 10 am to noon at a private home, convenient to public transportation, and free street parking, 551 Page Street, San Francisco.
If you RSVP to our event, you will receive a special 20% off discount code to experience some of Reimagine’s curated events, including Opening Night with a stacked lineup including Dr. BJ Miller, members of the SF Symphony and Opera, Comedy Central comedian Chris Garcia, indie folk band Cloud Cult, and many more!
We hope you’ll consider attending a few of the incredible happenings during Reimagine week. Take a look at the full schedule to discover events drawing on everything from the arts to spirituality to healthcare to design.
We’d love it if you could help us spread the word about Reimagine by sharing this information with your friends and family, and we’ll see you soon!
As part of Reimagine End of Life in San Francisco, we invite you to join us for an event exploring this: Who We Are MATTERS as We Move Toward End of Life. By playing the Who You Are MATTERS! board game that sparks meaningful conversations, we move forward with clarity, confidence, and a stronger voice. Join us on Friday April 20, 10 am to noon, at 55 Page Street, San Francisco.
We’re thrilled to be a part of Reimagine, a week of exploring big questions about life and death. We will join an amazing lineup of artists, storytellers, healthcare professionals, innovators, and designers, who are coming together to host events that look at living and dying well from all different, often creative, perspecgives. There are over 50 other workshops, experiences, performances and more to check out during the week of events.
Julia Morgan junior high school students are creating an experience with AgeSong at WoodPark community members that they will remember for the rest of their lives The youngsters and oldsters are designing a mural that will span the fence outside facing the window of the film room. Instead of seeing a plain fence, which runs nearly the width of the large room, elders will view a colorful outside mural, designed in partnership with the junior high school students. Can’t wait to see what they come up with!
World-class art and cultural institutions surround the Hayes & Laguna communities. Elders visit the SF Ballet, Opera, Symphony, SF Jazz, and African-American Cultural Center. When it’s too cold or rainy to step out, the cultural institutions come to AgeSong’s beautiful Laguna Grove Terrace.
AgeSong elders enjoy in their own living room SFCapella rehearsals, Barber of Seville and deYoung Museum presentations, SF Conservatory of Music recitals, and monthly Jazz Jams. In sunny weather, they picnic at the Civic Center, visit the San Francisco Main Library, and take daily walks to Patricia’s Green, a block away.
Neighboring institutions and local artists, such as the San Francisco Zen Center and Cosmic Rainbow Hearts, facilitate free weekly groups at AgeSong’s Forget-Me-Not Cafe.
Location, location, location. If you enjoy live arts and culture, there is no better place to live in one’s later years than Hayes Valley.
The Spiritual Purpose of Aging Workshop Presented by Nader Shabahangi
Workshop Exercise Facilitated by Chaplain Renee
Facilitator Chaplain Renee, engages the Openhouse Community in an exercise during the Spiritual Purpose of Aging Workshop. Chaplain Renee sets up an interactive exercise where she has the group imagine themselves in the future, 5, 10, or 20 yrs from now. She then encourages the participants to then look back at themselves at the age they are now. She asks them to imagine what their more mature self would say to their younger self: what words of wisdom might their more mature self have for their younger self?
The Openhouse Community participants share some of their Elder’s advice to them. The subjects that the participants talk about include their more mature self encouraging them to do “one day at a time,” to “not let go of those things that nourish you,” “listen,” to “not worry so much,” and “to relax, I have more to give.”
A couple of participants mention feeling fear and presenter Nader Shabahangi discusses what “might be right about feeling fear.” Nader proposes to the group what fear can do for us.
Facilitator Chaplain Renee
Chaplain Renee is interested in the spiritual dimension of her own aging, is a volunteer chaplain working with The Ministry of Presence and serves at assisted living communities. “Also known as Sister Jendra Uforia of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, Renee has committed herself to serve the LGBTQI aging community by creating and holding space for those dealing with illness, dying, and death.”
Presenter Dr Nader Shabahangi
Dr Nader Shabahangi is an author, therapist, and Eldership facilitator who works on the forefront of humanistically-orientated forgetfulness care for those who are diagnosed with changing cognition conditions otherwise known as dementia/Alzheimer’s. Nader Shabahangi is CEO and Founder of AgeSong Assisted Living Communities in San Francisco and the Bay Area.
The Spiritual Purpose of Aging Workshop was Hosted by Openhouse SF in Partnership with the Ministry of Presence Institute Openhouse SF – is dedicated to serving elder LGBT adults located in the San Francisco Bay Area. “Openhouse enables San Francisco Bay Area LGBT seniors to overcome the unique challenges they face as they age by providing housing, direct services and community programs. As a result, we have reduced isolation and empowered LGBT seniors to improve their overall health, well-being and economic security.”
The Ministry of Presence Institute (MPI) chaplains serve the LGBT community and volunteer in assisted living residences including the ” AgeSong Assisted Living Communities – www.agesong.com. The Ministry of Presence Institute is a non-profit 501(3)c committed to meet the emotional and spiritual needs of those most often forgotten in the LGBT community. MPI offers non-sectarian chaplaincy programs for volunteers in the communities where they themselves live, love, work, and play, for the LGBT agencies or venues of their choice.
[This post was updated October 9th, 2015 to include the videos of the workshop and exercise.]
AgeSong CEO and Founder, Dr Nader Shabahangi presents a workshop on the “Spiritual Purpose of Aging” to the Openhouse SF Community on August 27th, 2015. This interactive group workshop was facilitated by Chaplain Renee and hosted by Openhouse SF in partnership with the Ministry of Presence Institute.
AgeSong CEO Speaks on Spiritual Purpose of Aging
Video is now available of the workshop where Nader Shabahangi, the AgeSong CEO, interacts with the Openhouse SF Community the on Spiritual Purpose of Aging
Tune in and watch the Spiritual Purpose of Aging Workshop video created by AgeSong.
BuildOn Volunteers Build Relationships with AgeSong Univeristy Elders
When you’re over 100 years old and move to an elder community for the first time, life can be very discombobulating. However, when a group of students who speak your language gather around you and are eager to hear your life story, it can be quite pleasant. Here you are, sitting in the sunlit cafe, surrounded by young people. You don’t have time to be lonely. At the next table two students are concentrating on a game with an elder. In the living room, young and old are involved in word games. AgeSong University is an inter-generational meeting place, where youngsters and oldsters create art together, play games, and share stories, wisdom, songs, and music.