AgeSong Audio Library

Audio: Interviews


Lori La Bey on Alzheimer’s Speaks Radio talks with Nader Shabahangi, PhD:CEO/Founder of AgeSong and Mary Turner-Archer of Breath Of Life, Creative Arts.
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[mp3 106 min runtime]

August 19, 2014

On this episode of ASR Lori La Bay invited Dr’s Nader Shabahangi and Mary Turner. n his segment Nader speaks about removing stigma, celebrating maturity and eldership and how for AgeSong the view of forgetfulness is a foundational tenet that promotes inclusivity as an approach to forgetfulness in all of its forms. How it promotes the feeling of “I am like you – not separate from,” and how that in turn promotes connectivity. The connected approach is fostered with an attitude of love in the communal setting of AgeSong. Nader also speaks about promoting Eldership as a way to giving Elders to opportunity to teach and contribute and he talks about the view of AgeSong as a communal/social living vs assisted living environment. In the second half of the program Dr Mary Turner speaks about her work at Breath of Life, Creative Arts and giving by transforming lives with her knowledge of Brain Science, Music and Dance.

Interview with Nader Shabahangi, PhD:CEO and Founder of AgeSong, Inc. moderated by Judyth Piazza,
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[mp3 17:36 min runtime]

March 20, 2014


Nader R. Shabahangi, received his Doctorate from Stanford University, is a licensed psychotherapist, and is cofounder of AgeSong. His multicultural background has fueled his passion for becoming an advocate for marginalized groups and for creating programs with the purpose of caring more comprehensively for elders. As CEO, Nader ensures that the company’s vision drives its decisions and plans for elder care services. In 1992, Nader also founded the Pacific Institute, a nonprofit organization that defines its mission as one of helping elders live meaningful lives. Nader is a frequent guest lecturer, including presenting at international conferences focusing on aging, counseling, and dementia. In 2003 he authored Faces of Aging, a book challenging stereotypical views of the aging process and of growing old. In 2008 he co-authored Deeper Into the Soul, a book aimed at de-stigmatizing and broadening our understanding of dementia. In 2009 he co-authored Conversations With Ed, a book challenging readers to look at dementia in different ways. In 2011 he published Elders Today, a photo and text book that cherishes aging and old age as a most desirable phase of our lives. Celebrating the intergenerational dialogue between young and old, Nader edited and published Encounters of the Real Kind in 2012. This book is a collection of stories and anecdotes that pay tribute to the deep and life-changing encounters between elders and those learning to become elders.

Interview with Nader Shabahangi on “Working Quinquagenarians, Sexagenarians, Septuagenarians, Octogenarians, and Nonagenarians”, moderated by Dr. Sally Gelardin
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[mp3: 17Mb; 40:20 min]

January 12, 2011

Benjamin Franklin once said, “All would live long, but none would be old.” To continue the learning experiences at the Poetics of Aging Conference (and to share with those who could not attend), Careerwell is presenting a mini-series on “Working Quinquagenarians, Sexagenarians, Septuagenarians, Octogenarians, and Nonagenarians.” The interviews provide approved continuing education and training for counselors and other career and caring professionals nationally and globally. Nader Shabahangi discusses why getting older is something to look forward to, rather than dread. He also talks about his approach to work and career development and how he believes this approach will evolve as he ages.

Interview with Nader Shabahangi on “Poetics of Aging Themes”, moderated by Dr. Sally Gelardin
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[mp4: 7Mb; 26:09min]

April 5, 2011

“Towards a New Understanding of the Many Verses of Life.” This interview explores the topics to be engaged upon in the inaugural Poetics of Aging Conference. The mission of the conference is to counter the belief that aging is decline and/or disease, but rather to “create a climate where people share their awareness and creative expressions, while providing room for self-study and discovery.

Interview with Ed Voris, Nader Robert Shabahangi, Patrick Fox, moderated by Dr. Sally Gelardin
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[mp4: 15Mb; 58:15 min]

June 10, 2010

The authors of Conversations with Ed, Waiting for Forgetfulness: Why are We So Afraid of Alzheimer’s Disease? discuss their collaboration and the possibilities of forgetfulness as we age.

Audio – Recommended Podcasts

“Cultivating of Wisdom” – guided meditation from Dharma Podcasts lead by Sean Murphy.
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October 22, 2014

Sean Murphy leads two lucid guided meditations on “stepping through the door,” into focused stillness on the one hand (concentration) and into unbounded, egoless expanse on the other (insight). He offers tips for noticing this quiet expanse in any state of mind. This meditation is available through the Dharma Podcasts whose podcasts available as MP3’s or through iTunes. Upaya Zen Center is a Zen Buddhist practice, service, and training center in Santa Fe, New Mexico whose “vision focuses on the integration of practice and social action, bringing together wisdom and compassion.”

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