Spiritual Purpose of Aging Workshop Exercise

Faciltator Chaplain Renee, engages the Openhouse Community in this exercise that is a companion piece to the Spiritual Purpose of Aging Workshop video.

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.

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AgeSong Compilation Video – See what AgeSong’s Communities are doing throughout the year!

This video is an AgeSong compilation of recent films and a quick exploration of what the elders, carepartners and community as whole get up to during the year!

Find out More About AgeSong Communities in this fun AgeSong Compilation!

This most recent AgeSong video brings together some cuts from AgeSong films to give a glimpse into the activities, engagement opportunities and activism channels that are found within AgeSong residential communities.
Find out more about the type of conferences and workshops on Aging and Eldership that AgeSong hosts. Engage with the community members in music and dance classes. Share some of the performances that local community schools, theater groups and musicians bring to AgeSong.

AgeSong hosts conferences and workshops throughout the year topics include: eldership, eldercare, aging, living in place, hospice, humanistic therapy, incorporating newer care paradigms for residents with forgetfulness and changing cognition(formerly Alzheimer’s/Dementia.) All these AgeSong conferences and workshops include a diverse mix as the AgeSong community residents, interns and carepartners all participate, in addition to the related professionals who are interested.

AgeSong communities are as active as they would like to be: each of the communities enjoy wonderful long-term relationships with local schools, theater groups, volunteer and political organizations. These activities keep the elders, carepartners and interns meaningfully engaged with their local neighborhoods.

Read more stories about the AgeSong Communities here

Explore more AgeSong films and videos in the AgeSong Video Library

ELDER’S ACADEMY: The Key to Reducing Psychotropic Drugs

Did you know that EVERY Wednesday Agesong offers FREE, WEEKLY education from 2-2:30pm in the Forget-Me-Not Cafe??

Come by and engage with us – From practical medical knowledge like the facts about dehydration, to the philosophy of the Agesong approach to person-centered care, and beyond – this is a space to interact, learn, inspire, and grow at any age.
This week veteran RN & Agesong’s ‘Chief Play Officer,’ Dr. Cristina Flores, and Doctorate Psychology Student & GeroWellness intern, Stephanie Rothman will be teaming up to lead a discussion on Psychotropic Drugs, and seeking other avenues.

TUESDAY: Naam Yoga in the Forget-Me-Not Cafe

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Stressed? Tired? The peak of the afternoon has that affect. If you find yourself a moment, the Forget-Me-Not cafe opens its doors to you, hosting an hour-long Naam Yoga class, led by instructor Tanaz Sowdagar.

Naam Yoga is a joyful approach to personal mind-body wellness, balancing the brain, glandular, digestive, and nervous systems, allowing people to experience vitality and a renewed sense of wellbeing. Focusing on the breath, sound, movement, and mudra therapy (hand postures), Naam yoga is accessible to any age, “stage,” or ability.

A new feature of Naam Yoga is a practice called Shakti Naam Yoga, a powerful rejuvenating yogic technique from the Himalayas. It incorporates standing postures (though these breath techniques can be done seated) with deep breathing techniques to open the meridians (energy channels) and remove all blocks in the body. This unique fusion of movement, breath, acupressure, stretching and vocalization, activates and strengthens the body’s self-healing capacities. It helps to increase one’s health, happiness, and vitality. Shakti Naam Classes will involve both sitting and standing postures with powerful breath work for detoxification, vitality and strength.

Discover the power of your body!

CAFE ART !

 

Creativity is the science of innovation! Come get your gears turning with us EVERY MONDAY in the Forget-Me-Not Cafe. Led by resident Art Therapist Constance Hunt, expect to express yourself at this dynamic art group that meets every Monday at 1pm. We watercolor, draw, paint, collage – the freedom to art! FREE, open to the public, no prior experience necessary- join us 🙂 

Find Rejuvenation: Naam Yoga in the Forget-Me-Not Cafe THURSDAY

Stressed? Tired? The peak of the afternoon has that affect. If you find yourself a moment, the Forget-Me-Not cafe opens its doors to you, hosting an hour-long Naam Yoga class, led by instructor Tanaz Sowdagar.

Naam Yoga is a joyful approach to personal mind-body wellness, balancing the brain, glandular, digestive, and nervous systems, allowing people to experience vitality and a renewed sense of wellbeing. Focusing on the breath, sound, movement, and mudra therapy (hand postures), Naam yoga is accessible to any age, “stage,” or ability.

A new feature of Naam Yoga is a practice called Shakti Naam Yoga, a powerful rejuvenating yogic technique from the Himalayas. It incorporates standing postures (though these breath techniques can be done seated) with deep breathing techniques to open the meridians (energy channels) and remove all blocks in the body. This unique fusion of movement, breath, acupressure, stretching and vocalization, activates and strengthens the body’s self-healing capacities. It helps to increase one’s health, happiness, and vitality. Shakti Naam Classes will involve both sitting and standing postures with powerful breath work for detoxification, vitality and strength.

Discover the power of your body!

Calling All Choir Sing

The Calling All Choir will be performing at AgeSong.

The Calling All Choir is an inclusive, service-based community singing organization. We are building a broad community of people who want to sing, from those who haven’t sung before to seasoned professionals. We also share the joy of singing with underserved communities such as retirement homes, residential treatment centers, and developmental disability programs. We have chapters in three regions: San Francisco, The East Bay, and Sonoma County. We will be accepting new members in for our 2014 Fall Season in September.

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