Volunteer Groups Bring Joy to Hayes/Laguna Elders

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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.

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.

 

 

Building Relationships through Dance & Movement

The goal of the weekly Elders Academy session was to  demonstrate how dance movements can be used to build relationships. Participants included Hayes/Laguna community members of varying abilities and memory, gerowellness interns, and staff.

After an explanation of the four stages of an exercise regime (warm-up, aerobics, resistance, and cool-down), Cuo,  visiting dance therapist, demonstrated sitting stretches and breath work .

During the resistance stage (muscle building), interns and elders worked in pairs. When Cuo progressed to aerobics, community members started dancing.  The floor livened up.

Intergenerational relationship building through non-verbal dance & movement, and other forms of meaningful engagement. That’s AgeSong.

Halloween at AgeSong WoodPark – Costume Party

AgeSong WoodPark Celebrates Halloween with Costume Party

Members of the the community get decked out in Halloween costumes with carepartners and family to celebrate All Hallow’s Eve. With face painting and costumes, the party was spooky, fun and swank alike!

AgeSong Hayes Valley/Laguna Grove November/December 2016 Newsletter

The latest Hayes Valley/Laguna Grove Newsletter is out! Read the recent news, stories and about the upcoming events at the communities.

In this edition of the Hayes Valley & Laguna Grove Newsletter read about the AgeSong tradition of the Festival of Lights. This year the Festival of Lights Celebration is scheduled for Dec 7 from 6pm -8pm. Meet Chuck, September’s Elder Teacher and Teresa, October’s Elder Teacher. Also meet the “Senior Wonders” and Cheney Beshara, the art facilitator who inspires these AgeSong artists every other Wednesday in the Cafe. Read a note from Executive Director, Merryn Oliveira, where she discusses the upcoming holidays, the Festival of Lights and the hours for Forget-Me-Not Cafe which now open afternoons Mon- Sat for visiting by family, friends, and elders in the neighborhood. Get the Forget-Me-Not Cafe daily schedule of events.

Check out the AgeSong Hayes Valley/Laguna Grove November/December 2016 Newsletter!

AgeSong Hayes Valley/Laguna Grove November December 2016 Newsletter

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AgeSong University July/August 2016 Newsletter

The latest University Newsletter is out! Read the recent news, stories and about the upcoming events at the community.

The 2016 July/August edition includes a note about the new AgeSong University Hospice Neighborhood Grand Opening and Willie J Brown’s attendance, a note from Anna Allas, the Associate Director about the recent Family Connect Sunday Brunch and ongoing outreach. Also included are Upcoming Events, information on auditions for Youth Calvacade on Gospel Music and Celebration to be performed in September, the Victory Community Choir and an intro to Rev. Tom Nibbe’s SpiritCare Ministry at University.

Check out the AgeSong University July/August 2016 Newsletter!

AgeSong University July/August 2016 Newsletter

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AgeSong WoodPark July/August 2016 Newsletter

The latest WoodPark Newsletter is out! Read the recent news, stories and about the upcoming events at the community.

The 2016 July/August edition includes introductions to Sandra Mirasol, the new Executive Director, Natasha Swanson, Wellness Director, and Jan She, Outreach and Education Coordinator. Also find inside a photo of the new WoodPark Mural with the Julia Morgan Junior High School students who painted it, info on the bimonthly Family Connect Sunday Brunch and ongoing outreach, Upcoming Events and features on Ernie E, Elder of the Month, and Ina W June Elder Teacher of the Month.

Check out the AgeSong WoodPark July/August 2016 Newsletter!

AgeSong WoodPark July/August, 2016 Newsletter

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AgeSong Hayes Valley/Laguna Grove July/August 2016 Newsletter

The latest Hayes Valley/Laguna Grove Newsletter is out! Read the recent news, stories and about the upcoming events at the communities.

The 2016 July/August edition includes an introduction to Merryn Oliveira, the new Executive Director, info on the bimonthly Family Connect Sunday Brunch and ongoing outreach, Upcoming Events and also includes features on Jim, Elder of the Month, and the GeroWellness Program Interns.

Check out the AgeSong Hayes Valley/Laguna Grove July/August 2016 Newsletter!

AgeSong Hayes Valley/Laguna Grove July/August 2016 Newsletter

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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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