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 🙂 

AgeSong in the News

 

 

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AgeSong Duo Rocks the Crowd Last Two Minutes of Race

 

San Francisco. June 16, 2013. To claim that you completed the Half Marathon, you had to reach the Finish Line within three hours.  Marlena del Hierro and JoJo qualified by passing the Finish Line within two minutes of the three hours. It’s not that Marlena wasn’t in top shape and hadn’t been practicing for months.  It’s that she was pushing, for 14 miles,  200 lbs. of a svelte Josie on her assisted mobility chair. At the end of the race, Josie, who never thought she’d walk again a few years ago, rose from the chair and walked over the finish line. For AgeSong spectators and many others, this duo came in first place!

A Passion for Traditional Chinese Arts

 

Cherk, Creating Chinese Brush Paintings in His Later Life

Cherk is a man of Chinese origin who emmigrated to the United States from Hong Kong in his late teens.  For over 30 years he worked as a local Muni bus driver.  After retirement, he became the president of an influential family association which was very important to him.  Cherk has always had a passion for traditional Chinese arts, particularly opera and Chinese brush painting.  He is self-taught except for taking a class as a young boy in Chinese brush painting to learn how to paint shrimps and crabs.  He has created Chinese brush paintings periodically throughout his life.  Cherk is now enjoying creating unique Chinese brush paintings at AgeSong and working with Christina, an art therapy counseling intern.

Christina, Pursuing a second Master’s Degree in Art Therapy

Christina began interning with AgeSong Institute’s Gero-Wellness Counselor Program in February 2012 and completed her hours to become a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC).  She has a Master’s degree in Counseling and is currently pursuing a second Master’s degree in Art Therapy.  Through her volunteer work at a local hospital interacting and creating art with patients that have cancer and life threatening illnesses, she discovered her passion in working with others using the medium of art and decided to pursue a career path in art therapy.  Since January, 2013, Christina started her art therapy counseling internship at Age Song and has really enjoyed her work. She took a Chinese brush painting class last year to learn more about this beautiful art form and to embrace her mixed ethnicity as a Caucasian/Chinese individual. She began working with Cherk in February, 2013, and was thrilled to watch his art progress and his whole approach to life expand.

2012-2013 AgeSong Institute Students Asked, “What If We Couldn’t Wait To Grow Old?”

2002 – 2013 AgeSong and Pacific Institute’s Counseling Interns kicked off the new school year at AgeSong of San Francisco July 19-22, 2012, with a celebration and three-day intensive training which focused on the phenomenological, existential and process work approaches to counseling.

The Intern orientation started on Thursday evening, the 19th of July in the afternoon. The new interns talked with their neighbors in pairs, then introduced each other. During the following three days,  representatives of the AgeSong communities discussed how to behave with elders and how help them during our internship, accompanied by exercises to understand better  elders and their clinical diagnoses.  Representatives of the AgeSong communities spoke about how enrichment, wellness, community, relations, and food service supported the application of the AgeSong mission to enhance the quality of life, growth, and creativity of residents.

AgeSong’s Interns participate in the program for one year and are primarily Doctoral and Masters level students. They experience several times a month clinical reviews, trainings, and group supervision. They meet regularly with new residents at AgeSong communities, helping them to do everything from classes and activities, to enjoying walks in the neighborhood, to helping them work through serious emotional issues. Throughout their internship, participants will develop their own style of care, support and clinical skill. It is a comprehensive program emphasizing the emotional, mental and spiritual dimensions of aging.

We welcome this year’s interns and visiting international students from the following universities:

  • Alliant International University – Fresno, Irvine, San Francisco and San Diego
  • American School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University
  • California Institute of Integral Studies
  • California School of Professional Psychology
  • John F Kennedy University Graduate School of Professional Psychology
  • Saybrook University
  • The Chicago School – LA
  • University of Arkansas
  • University of Paris
  • University of San Francisco

Barbara Cox, Ph.D., and Cori Pamsarasa, Psy.D., have joined the AgeSong team to lead the 2012-2013 counseling interns at Bayside Park. They will be supervising the doctoral and MFT students as they work closely with our residents here in Bayside Park. Each will be involved in the training of counselling interns, and also will meeting with the interns every week individually to review their resident cases.

Both Barbara, who is AgeSong’s new Clinical Director, and Cori, AgeSong’s new Clinical Supervisor, have extensive backgrounds in psychology. Barbara has worked for the Department of Defence in the past, and now sees clients to help optimize their performance at work for her private practice. Cori was a training director and clinical director at publicly funded community mental health agencies, and also has experience working for Vericare at various elder care communities.

Each of these incoming staff members are excited to get behind the AgeSong philosophy that promotes growth late in aging. They believe that it is a visionary model of elder care, and want to help facilitate and promote it as much as they can—and we’re right there with them!

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Intern Orientation Photos

 

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AgeSong Assisted Living and Elder Communities: Locations throughout the Bay Area, including San Francisco and the East Bay: San Francisco-Hayes Valley • San Francisco-Laguna Grove • Oakland-Lake Merritt • Oakland-Lakeside Park • Emeryville-Bayside Park • Castro Valley-OakCreek

“Arigato Gozaimasu,” the Thank You Movement

 

AgeSong of San Francisco participates in an extraordinary array of exciting festivals and cultural activities each year. This weekend we attended the Obon Festival, which is the largest festival in Japantown with two days of games, food and cultural demonstrations. In the evenings, amazing Taiko and over 500 dancers in full costume bring the night alive.

Who did we meet?

We met Sensei Kawahatsu, pastor at  the Konko Church of San Francisco and Shin Shin Gakudo (The way of the mind, spirit, and body). He invited all of us to join in sharing, “Mindful Appreciation and Meditation,” and “Arigato Gozaimasu,” otherwise known as the “Thank You Movement.” Each year the church takes many young people to Mt. Fugi, the highest mountain, and an active volcano, in Japan.

Sensei Kawahatsu has a personal mission to spread the valuable words of expressing Arigatou Gozaimasu, or “Thank you, 1,000 times a day.”  He is a minister of the Konko faith tradition, who believes that humanity should not be divided by negativity, but instead be joined by unity and expressions of deep and mindful appreciation.  He calls this the “Arigato Gozaimasu Movement.”

The simple practice of saying “thank you” (Arigatou Gozaimasu) 1,000 times a day is so powerful, he states, that it can eliminate all kinds of mental frustration, anger, worry and disappointment, allowing practitioners to find a deeper meaning and appreciation of life.  Many people have been practicing this simple training and they have gained many benefits, he states.  One example was a prisoner who could not sleep in prison. As he started to practice saying, “Arigatou Gozaimasu,” prior to retiring to bed, he began to sleep peacefully.  He then started to share this  with his family and friends over the phone.  Another person who lost his father to an illness found out that his mother was also seriously ill.  He found that by saying, “Arigatou Gozaimasu,” it helped him to realize that each breath that he takes is worth a million dollars!

At AgeSong of San Francisco, we value the moment and we treat each breath as a special gift. We are located in San Francisco’s vibrant Hayes Valley neighborhood, steps from Japan Town in San Francisco. We specialize in providing assisted living, “forgetfulness care” and behavioral health support for residents and families. Our nonprofit community offers residents, even those with health challenges, stimulating activities and outings that take full advantage of San Francisco’s distinctive resources. Please visit our Web site www.agesong.com.

Community Enrichment Ambassadors at AgeSong of San Francisco

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AgeSong Assisted Living and Elder Communities: Locations throughout the Bay Area, including San Francisco and the East Bay: San Francisco-Hayes Valley • San Francisco-Laguna Grove • Oakland-Lake Merritt • Oakland-Lakeside Park • Emeryville-Bayside Park • Castro Valley-OakCreek

A Review of Our Workshop at “Taking Charge of Your Career” conference and networking event for recent public health alumni

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The Berkeley Alumni House room was set up like a luxurious boardroom for last Saturday’s workshop at the UC Berkeley School of Public Health Take Charge of Your Career Conference for New Managers.

Comfortable chairs were arranged neatly around an imposing long table. Immediately Nader moved all the chairs away from the table into a circle and suggested to participants that they did not need to take notes. Richard set the stage and invited everyone to introduce herself (interesting, it was all female attendees).

Then we got down to business – what were we doing here – trying to relate to older employees, of course – a major issue for younger employees, and especially for younger managers.

One learning that came out of the session was that it’s helpful to be aware of how you are feeling when you communicate with someone else.  For example, if you are a younger manager feeling frustrated about an older employee working too slowly, tell her that (at an appropriate time and place).

The morning workshop sped by quickly.  Nader was his usual eloquent, down-to-earth, existential self, bringing out such concepts as we’re all aging, starting at birth, so we might as well embrace the of getting older. Richard, the behaviorist, summarized each concept articulately and gave examples from his own experience of being a younger manager of older workers.  I kept us on target.  Nader’s mother, who was visiting from Germany, told me that she could move her chair herself, thank you anyway, when I offered to move her chair into the circle. The four of us – Nader and I from AgeSong;  Richard, an outpatient  therapist and intake supervisor at Fremont Psychiatric Adult and Adolescent Partial Hospitalization Outpatient Program; and Nader’s mother, spanned four decades.  As Nader said, we are all just people, maybe different ages or stages or colors or sizes…just people – that we can relate to each other most effectively without workplace facades.

I was very impressed by participants’  range of skills and high motivation, so I took advantage of the opportunity to invite them to volunteer at AgeSong, Bayside Park. “Volunteering is a great way to contribute your skills and experience,” I said, “That’s how I started out.”  What better way to take charge of your career than volunteering in a situation where you can make the world a better place by using your motivated skills and values?

Dr. Sally Gelardin, sallyg @agesong.com

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AgeSong Assisted Living and Elder Communities: Locations throughout the Bay Area, including San Francisco and the East Bay: San Francisco-Hayes Valley • San Francisco-Laguna Grove • Oakland-Lake Merritt • Oakland-Lakeside Park • Emeryville-Bayside Park • Castro Valley-OakCreek

 

 

 

 

AgeSong of San Francisco: Celebrate the Dining Room; Real-Life, Everyday

 

As a great writer we enjoy once wrote:

“I’ve come to believe that what we want and need most of all is to
experience a sense of welcome in our own homes.”

In the dining rooms at AgeSong of San Francisco, much more than eating
takes place. Newspapers are read, mail is sorted, conversations are
started, planning is completed, family assignments are made, bills are
paid, cakes and cookies are iced, income tax is computed, flowers are
arranged, games are played, confidences are shared, family and friends
are gathered. Here, rites of passage are commemorated, holidays are
celebrated, grace is offered, gratitude shared. Minds, bodies and
spirits are nourished.

“We entertain in this dear little room a few times a year. But we live
and love in it everyday,” as one said.

At AgeSong of San Francisco, our dining rooms really are the
multi-purpose space that that “anchors us in the morning, in the
evening and in between.” We make everything from scratch in our nearly
“green” kitchen, preparing it with local, organic, fresh ingredients.

Join us at AgeSong of San Francisco, also called AgeSong at Hayes
Valley and Laguna Grove, for a delicious, healthy meal, tea, coffee or
another time of day. We are located in San Francisco’s Hayes Valley
neighborhood and specialize in providing assisted living,
“forgetfulness care” and behavioral health support for residents and
families. AgeSong is owned by Pacific Institute, a Bay Area non-profit
organization, serving elders through care, education, and research.
AgeSong Assisted Living Communities offer residents, even those who
are highly health challenged, stimulating activities and outings that
take full advantage of San Francisco’s distinctive resources.

Visit: www.agesong.com.

 

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AgeSong Assisted Living and Elder Communities: Locations throughout the Bay Area, including San Francisco and the East Bay: San Francisco-Hayes Valley • San Francisco-Laguna Grove • Oakland-Lake Merritt • Oakland-Lakeside Park • Emeryville-Bayside Park • Castro Valley-OakCreek  Read more…