Bay Area Creative Aging Collaborative Hosted by WoodPark Community

For the past two years, Creative Aging SF (CASF) professionals throughout the Bay area have joined WoodPark community members to share creative approaches to aging.  Topics have ranged from jazz music to sand play therapy to virtual exercise to artwork to discussions on aging to a career/life game, with plenty of networking in between. CASF, now in its 3rd year, is the first regional Creative Aging collaborative in the U.S.

Sound Healer/Storyteller Engages with the Community

The WoodPark community welcomes engaging entertainers who facilitate music with members of the the community, not just perform for them.

Evelie Delfino Såles Posch has these skills. She is a sacred song singer/writer; recording artist; drummer; dancer; Pranic and​ ​Certified Sound ​Healer ​​and Therapist; choral director; storyteller; actress; music educator; independent scholar; and magical activist whose talents have flourished for over forty years, spanning the traditions of her ancestors and the progressive edge of ceremony, world music and dance.

She sings in 32 language and has shared the stage with many luminaries such as ​Joan Baez,​ ​Gary Malkin (Grammy Awardee), Mary Black, Shay Black, ​Olympia Dukakis, Eve Ensler, ​Starhawk, ​Gloria Steinem, Linda Tillery, Luisah Teish, Tuck and Patti​ ​and many, many others.



Visual Artist at WoodPark Fosters Creativity and Imagination Unique to Each Elder

Prajakti (Praj) Jayavant combines projects and approaches to art making that are tailored towards the physical and mental needs of each elder.  Her work with WoodPark elders is an example of the community’s core values, a dedication to whole-body healing, the Ayurvedic belief that health and wellness depends on a delicate balance between the mind, body, and spirit.
Jayavant holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Ohio State University and a Master of Fine Arts degree from California College of Arts and Crafts. She has worked with students whose ages span from three to one hundred and three years old. She has been an art teacher in convalescent hospitals, colleges, elementary and special education schools for two decades. Under her tutelage, WoodPark elders develop skills in aesthetics, critical thinking, and hand/ eye coordination through the use of a variety of materials and a healthy dose of fun.

Join Us for Reimagine This April

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.

Want a special discount for some of these events? Read on!

AgeSong is participating in Reimagine by hosting an event because 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!

Look forward to your participation!


Dr. Sally Gelardin
Career & Carepartner Educator
Cell: 415.312.4294

How can we move toward end of life with a joyful vision?

“Who We Are MATTERS” as We Move toward End of Life!
Friday, Apr 20, 2018, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Private SF Home, lite refreshments
551 Page St, San Francisco, CA 94117, USA


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.

Interested in this topic? Let us know on the Who We Are Matters as We Move toward End of Life Facebook page.

View the entire Reimagine lineup at





Dr. Sally Gelardin, Dr. Nader Shabahangi, Kyrie Carpenter, MA, Kadir Uyanik



Who We Are Matters as We Move Toward End of Life

Reimagine FB Event Page

Eldership Dinner w/ Dr Nader Shabahangi March 9th, 2017

Please join us for a light supper as we explore perceptions about aging.
Come away with a new understanding of:
What is life like as an older adult?
How can we help our loved ones as they grow older?

Thursday, March 9, 2017 
6:00PM – 8:00PM

Betti Ono Gallery 
1427 Broadway
Oakland, CA 94612

Nader Robert Shabahangi, PhD, CEO/Founder of AgeSongGuest Speaker: Nader Shabahangi, PhD 
Renowned aging and elder care expert
CEO/Founder of AgeSong Senior Living Communities

Eldership Dinner Presentation:
As many a philosopher and sage have pointed out, what is nearest is often the hardest to see. Particularly in our so-called adult life, it is seldom a simple matter to take a step back and evaluate how we are living. How often do we reflect on whether our ways of living are really our choice or are instead heaped on us by external influences, ranging between mainstream values, education, family, social, and cultural norms? Do these resonate with our own inner inklings and desires? Are we simply following the herd?

These questions make sense when we can see available alternatives. Moreover, new alternatives seem to be emerging. As our society ages demographically, we begin to re-evaluate the arc of life from the point of view of the mature elder. Many life philosophies and thought traditions are available to us. In a sense, we start taking a rear view perspective of our lives, looking at the values we have followed as adults mirrored by those who have long life experience.

Watching any news or informational program on television will give one a good idea of the values held by a given culture. Throughout the global north, and increasingly in the south, a common set of adult values is quite well known to us. Yet these values are seldom questioned unless something happens in our lives, perhaps a tragedy, heartbreak, or misfortune. At such a crisis, we may come to a stop, wonder about our approach to life and our attitude to people, review our direction, and even change course.

I will give a brief synopsis of dominant values in order to contrast them with a different, elder-informed set of values. Those values form part of what I call the foundation of an attitude towards life I call Eldership.

Humans are meaning-making beings. We need purpose to feel fulfilled. What is our purpose when we get older, old, and very old? How do we make sense of our accrued years within societies that have done away with the role of elders and forgotten about eldership? Clearly, the world needs elders and the values they bring to the fore. Even a cursory view of the world today and the many issues needing to be tackled shows that people and planet are not well served by our dominant adult values. Elder values can augment these adult values with a more sustainable approach to these challenges. For this to happen our aged population, our elders, need to start valuing themselves, to appreciate what their life journey has endowed them with.

It is the very process of aging that allows a person to ripen into full humanity, to develop into the elder who is able to guide and mentor the next generation. In this way, elders are to be understood as stewards of society and the planet—as has traditionally been their role. Would we not rather have the most experienced and wise leaders guiding us, especially during troubled times?
I hope to see you there,
Nader Shabahangi

Hosted by:
Center for Elder Independence
Fund for Elder’s Independence

Space is limited. Dinner and Presentation are free, RSVP is required to attend.
RSVP by Thursday, March 2, 2017 to Elana Sissons, Development Associate

What Role Does Technology Play in Communication?

Erving Polster, PhD, 90+ year old master therapist, presenter, and author, opened the Existential Humanistic Institute 2017 Conference with an audience discussion via Skype.

Though he doesn’t see or hear very well, and no longer facilitates in-person therapeutic groups, the keynote speaker had an insightful distance conversation with conference attendees. Combining human interaction with distance delivery, the speaker and members of the audience came up with several realizations, including the following:

Erving:  The computer cannot be a good substitute for the group experience, but it can be a good intermediary.

Kirk:  The computer is difference from letter writing because it has a lot of advertisements.

Marlene:  If you were with us personally, what would be your theme for us today?


Erving: Existence (experience) comes before essence (meaning). However, the experience is not sufficient, also need meaning.  Human beings need meaning and belonging. The medium is the message is confusing.  To me it means there is an inseparability between the communicator and what he is communicating.

Sonya: Facebook is the medium, it’s not the guilty party…There’s hardly anything so good that it can’t be overdone. (i.e., reading or the computer).

Erving: How wondrous that I can be talking to you in San Francisco this way…Things can happen in communities that are stimulated by the computer.

AgeSong’s elder communities throughout the San Francisco Bay area are alive with in-person impromptu and planned groups that demonstrate the value of meaningful intergenerational  group interactions.

Through distance delivery,  the AgeSong Today blog shares this documentation with the world.



All About Memory: A WoodPark Wisdom Keepers Educational Series Presentation

Join us at WoodPark for “All about Memory:”  a discussion with a tour of the brain and how we make memory, what we remember, how we remember (through our senses) the miracle of memory & music, and what affects memory loss.

The WoodPark Wisdom Keepers Educational Series is a monthly educational series for elders, eldercare professionals, families, staff and interns on a variety of subjects including eldercare, aging, forgetfulness and memory loss that is held every third Wednesday at 10:30 a.m.
For more information contact Jan Shé at 510-780-6393.
“All About Memory” is co-hosted by Vitas Healthcare.

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EHI Now Enrolling Students in the 2016/17 Existential Humanistic Therapy Practice Programs

Enrollment is Open for EHI’s 2016-2017 Education and Training Programs

Orah Krug, Ph.D. EHI Clinical Director

The Existential-Humanistic Institute’s(EHI) 2016/17 teaching staff, Orah Krug, Kirk Schneider, Sonja Saltman, Nader Shabahangi, and Troy Piwowarski invite you to join one of our three unprecedented Existential-Humanistic education and training programs this upcoming 2016/2017 curriculum year.
EHI offers a Certificate in the Foundations of E-H Practice for students looking for a basic grounding in E-H therapy practice, an Advanced Program awarding a Certificate as an E-H Therapist for students who have completed the Foundations Program and the Modular Training Program for students who would like to participate in EHI’s two curriculum year Experientials.

Apply to an EHI Program Today »

EHI 2016/2017 Experiential Dates Announced

EHI is excited to once again hold the program Experiential Residentials at lovely Westerbeke Ranch.

The students who are accepted into the upcoming cohorts will enjoy the wonderful ambiance and food that are provided by the fantastic staff and environs of Westerbeke Ranch in Sonoma, California. Westerbeke Ranch as a retreat center has historic significance for our community, as it was the meeting place for many of the seminal writers in E-H theory and practice such as Rollo May and James Bugental.

Experiential Dates for 2016/2017 Cohorts

Experiential I

• Sun, October 23rd, 2016 – Thurs, October 27th, 2016

Experiential II

• Fri, March 24th, 2017 – Tues, Mar 28th, 2017

Visit the Westerbeke Ranch website to see where we hold our retreats!

EHI’s Sonja Saltman works in triad with students at Experiential

Troy Piwowarski and Orah Krug at Experiential

Troy Piwowarski and Orah Krug at EHI Retreat


EHI is here to answer them!

Do you have questions about a program or about becoming an EHI student?Orah Krug, our Clinical Director, and Troy Piwowarski, EHI’s Coordinator of Education and Training will be happy to give you more information and to answer your questions about the upcoming EHI programs.Contact either Orah or Troy by email:

Email EHI today »

EHI is a program of Pacific Institute.


AgeSong WoodPark is Busy with Spring Cleaning & Gardening

Starting with Spring Cleaning in March, AgeSong at WoodPark moves into Cleaning & Organizing Tips to Ensure Safety, Fall Prevention and Good Infection Control!  Nurse available to perform environmental assessments. Families, friends, and volunteers welcome. Special Thanks to Gail Ferguson, RN, MSN, Hospice Nurse Educator and Clinical Care Transitions Nurse, for organizing the Continuum Care Presentations AgeSong Gardens in Spring 2016.

Spring Cleaning & Organizing Tips – Arts & Crafts: Make Colorful Artistic Name Tags

 April  2016 –  Letting Go & Clean Fun in the Garden! Care Partner Support

  • Snacks, Supplies, Materials , Support and Fun Provided!


March 2016

Tues 3/22 11 am – 12 Noon: Spring Cleaning Presentation – For Community Members, family & friends

  • 11 am – 11:30 am – Cleaning & Organizing Tips to Ensure Safety, Fall Prevention and Good Infection Control!  Nurse available to perform environmental assessments.
  • 11:30 am – 12 noon – Arts & Crafts – Community Members, family & friends make personalized Name Tags; Helps everyone get to know and remember each other better!

ü  Materials provided to color, stickers to apply, glitter, etc to beautify and create artistic Name Tags while we have lots of fun!

ü  Support available to ensure everyone has fun and leaves with an artistic, one of a kind Name Tag!

ü  Supplies: Index cards, clip on clear name tag holder, color pens, crayons, markers, glitter pens, variety of small, fun, colorful stickers to apply to cards to decorate their one of a kind Name Tag with themes for males/females, nature, animals, sports, hearts, etc

Tues 3/26 11 am – 12 noon: Letting Go – For Community Members, family & friends.

  • Tips provided to let go of items in their homes that are not serving them! Help Community Members identify all the things they really cherish and use!
  • Support provided to help Community Members let go of clutter, trash, broken items, never used items, and more! You will simply love your new space!!!  Clean Up Day!

Thurs 3/31 2 pm – 3pm: Spring Cleaning! – For Staff: Care Partners In-Service:

  • 2 pm – 2:15 pm – Identify & Support Community Members to continue Spring Cleaning process; Remember gratitude for a simple, clean space, have great thanksgiving for a few,  most precious items you cherish,  love and use!  Live clutter free forever! Pass on all items you have not used in the past 6 months!  Support to help move items out.
  • 2:15 pm – 2:30 pm – Grab a Grabber; and Let’s Go!  Support Care Partners with education, tips and tools on how to identify ways to keep their environment; inside and outside, to ensure clean and safe setting for Community Members, and for everyone else, as well!!!  Focus on infection control, safety.
  • Repeat Class for 2nd Shift  – 2:30 pm – 3 pm

April 2016  –  Fun Garden Art Projects! Supplies & Materials provided!

Tues 4/5 at 11 am – 12 noon – Decorating small herb pot with colors, markers, stickers, glitter sticks,

Tues 4/12 at 11 am – 12 noon – Make colorful Garden drawing of Flowers to decorate Garden Wagon 

Thurs 4/15 at 2 pm – 3 pm (2 shifts) Train Care Partners on The Garden Wagon: Bringing the Garden In

Tues 4/19 at 11 am – 12 noon – Decorate Garden Wagon & Create Decorated craft boxes for attractive and artistic storage

Tues 4/26 at 11 am – 12 noon – Making plant name labels on craft sticks w/ pencil and stickers & Finish creating on Craft Boxes

 For more information, contact: Continuum Care Hospice 510 693-8973