Chinese Harpist Captivates Elders

Melody Yan is a Guzhengist (Chinese Harpist), educator, and performer. She has captivated WoodPark elders, combining Gusheng music with Tai Chi. Guzheng is a Chinese traditional instrument with origins traced to 475-213 B.C in China.  The Guzheng has been played for 2500 years. Its beautiful sounds induce a wonderful state of tranquility in the listener, of such value to AgeSong elders.

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.



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

AgeSong WoodPark Jan/Feb 2017 Newsletter

The January/February issue of the AgeSong WoodPark Newsletter is out!

In this recent issue AgeSong Founder articulates the condolences from the residents of WoodPark to the families of those lost in the Ghost Ship artist colony fire. New GeroWellness Groups are going to be forming, input appreciated. There is a new program to be facilitated by the GeroWellness interns and 3 local classrooms – in this group students and elders will work together to create a Memory Book. Also in January and February AgeSong at WoodPark is addressing intergenerational needs with a new program on Meaningful Based Relationship (MBR) facilitated by Dr Nader Shabahangi, PhD, CEO and Founder of AgeSong, and Dr Bryan Ricks, MD. Also shared in this issue is a look back at what was new at WoodPark in 2016.

Check out this issue below or find it on the AgeSong WoodPark webpage.

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AgeSong University Jan/Feb 2017 Newsletter

The January/February AgeSong University Newsletter is out! Read the recent news, stories and about the upcoming events at the community.

In this issue we celebrate the elders who participated in the 24th Annual Art with Elders Exhibition and Celebration at Laguna Honda. Congratulations to Miss B, a winner in the juried exhibition! Read a note from Cornerstone Academy first-grade teacher, Kelsey Grich about the student’s first visit to AgeSong University and the hopes for a continued partnership. During the holiday’s residents took a trip to Widmer World in Pleasanton to see their famed Christmas light display. Also included are Upcoming Events and a note from Family Connect team.

Check out the Jan/Feb issue of the AgeSong University Newsletter below here or on the AgeSong University Community webpage.

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Musical Holiday Celebration at WoodPark With a Performance by The Linwood Project Choir

Happy Holidays at WoodPark: A Holiday Celebration Featuring the Linwood Project Choir

Linwood Project Choir entertained WoodPark residents, family, friends, & team members with Christmas songs on Dec 11th. We all had a wonderful time and sang along with a few of the carols ending in a beautiful & fun rendition of “We Wish You a Merry Christmas!”. Delicious holiday treats were served after the program.

Volunteer Groups Bring Joy to Hayes/Laguna Elders





Starting off with a group walk to the park on a sunny November afternoon, elders and San Francisco College of Arts visual design students paraded up Hayes Street to the Laguna Terrace.

They were joined by community members from all floors of AgeSong’s Hayes and Laguna elder communities, family members, friends, staff, and about 23 students of  Clara McAllister’s Music Studio, a SF-based music class, who performed a recital.

In all, about 50 folk from 1 to almost 100 years old performed and listened attentively to the delightful recital.