Are Unused Items Taking Up Space in Your Attic, Closet, or Garage?

AgeSong is introducing Enrichment Baskets providing “meaning-based, relational care” for all members of the community.

We welcomes safe items that can fit into a 12″ x 13″ container,  such as games, books, blank photo albums & journals, photos, favorite cds, tea party supplies, travel, spirituality, and relaxation supplies. The baskets can be used by residents themselves and by visitors, as well as staff, gero-wellness students, and volunteers. Each Enrichment Basket will be filled with meaningful, safe items to engage our residents’ senses, memories and connection to others. If you’d rather sponsor an Enrichment Basket financially, your check toward this important project will be gratefully accepted.

To make any kind of donation, please email Sally Gelardin, AgeSong Enrichment Director, sallyg@agesong.com.

Examples of donations that could be used in activities:

  1. Flower Arranging
  2. Pipe Construction
  3. Sanding Blocks
  4. Lotion
  5. Laundry Kit
  6. Office Work
  7. Yarn
  8. Utensils
  9. Dusting
  10. Nuts and bolts
  11. Coupon Clipping
  12. Folding & Hanging Clothing
  13. Window Washing
  14. Sweeping Up
  15. Car Care
  16. Snack Making
  17. Stuffed Animals
  18. Hot Socks
  19. Button or Ribbon Sort
  20. Coin Sort
  21. Shoe Cleaning
  22. Music Time
  23. Pillow Stuffing
  24. Foot Care Kits
  25. Newspaper
  26. Large checkers
  27. Large chess pieces
  28. Dolls with audio capabilities
  29. Antique hats, gloves, kerchiefs
  30. Large buttons for sorting
  31. Locks and bolts to manipulate

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AgeSong at Hayes Valley | 601 Laguna Street San Francisco, California 94102 | 415-252-1128 | License Number 385600373

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AgeSong in the News

 

 

AgeSong at Hayes Valley | 601 Laguna Street San Francisco, California 94102 | 415-252-1128 | License Number 385600373

AgeSong at Laguna Grove | 624 Laguna Street San Francisco, California 94102 | Phone: (415) 318-8670 | License Number 385600372

 

May 2013 “We Are AgeSong” Newsletter Now Available

 

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AgeSong SF Features Resident Artists at 5th Annual Art Show

 

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 We all make marks.  Marks are valid.

Constance Hunt,  Enrichment Coordinator

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Toy Project

Toys are given to the San Francisco Rescue Mission for homeless and people in transition.

 

Shell Art

Hand Art

Save the Earth Flags

 

Poetry  Art

 Clock Art

Collage

 

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Join AgeSong this Saturday for Our 5th Annual Art Show

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Screen Shot 2013-04-18 at 7.53.40 PMJoin us this Saturday, April 20, 2013, 1 pm to 4 pm at Laguna Grove Care, 624 Laguna Street, San Francisco, Ca 04102

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Celebrate Older Americans Month Saturday, May 18th, at AgeSong’s Cafe with Elderfood, Music, Comedy, Storytelling, and Song

 

DSC_0002The AgeSong Cafe serves great, wise “elderfood” for individuals of any age or stage. Fresh, organic food nourishes heart and soul and is fun, delectable, imaginable, color and texture coordinated. The right-size portions are sodium and sugar conscious, and sensitive to special diets that elders might have. 

 

On Saturday, May 18th,  Encore! The Talk Show for Seniors brings Older Americans Month center stage at the AgeSong Café, 602 Hayes Street, San Francisco, Ca 94102, Taped before a live audience on Saturday afternoon, May 18th, the event will feature Stagebridge, games, prizes and more.

“Encore! The Talk Show for Seniors’ expansion beyond the Berkeley community-based market was driven by audience suggestions and the urging by professionals from a variety of Bay Area communities” stated Dave Hossfeld, Co-host and Co-founder.  “We are thrilled to have booked our show to tape at the AgeSong Café in San Francisco this year commemorating national Older Americans Month.  We admire CEO/Co-founder Nader Shabahangi and appreciate the positive impact AgeSong brings to our aging Bay Area population” said Co-host Dave Hossfeld. “Our hats are off to Marge Betley and the superb cast and performers of Stagebridge.  They epitomize this year’s theme Unleash the Power of Age with Music and Stage.  We look forward to spotlighting them on our show for this year’s taping of our National Older Americans Month Special” stated Co-host Lela Logene Butler.

Stagebridge brings to the AgeSong Cafe a line-up of vocalists, pianists, musical revues, and storytellers: (a) The Dreamers, a popular vocal trio’s harmonies from the 1920s–1950s with Cindy Carrico; (b) Linda Wilson, and Scrumbly Koldewyn, who also accompanies on the piano; (c) Never Too Late,  the longest running show at Stagebridge, accompanied by Scrumbly Koldewyn on the piano; senior storytellers who captivate audiences with personal and fictional stories that are charming, poignant, funny and heartfelt.

“On our show we make senior lifestyles our business spotlighting housing, healthcare and financial programs and services to benefit our community audiences,” notes Co-host Dave Hossfeld.  “Yes, and we do this with relevant conversations, educational information and joyful play in a talk show taped before a live audience and aired on public access television” continued Co-host Lela Logene Butler. According to Hossfeld, “Our non-profit television show has been entertaining trans-generational audiences since 2011.  We look forward to serving our friends in San Francisco in May, San Rafael at the Whistlestop Senior Center in June and back to Berkeley Community Media in July.”

Door opens at 1:30, show at 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.  Seating is limited so please RSVP your seats fast for this special taping by calling our box office at:  (510) 592-3938 or by emailing us at:  BoxOffice@EncoreTalkShows.TV

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nader’s Musings: The AgeSong and AgeSong Institute Central Vision

Screen Shot 2013-04-06 at 7.52.36 AMNader presented the following 11 vision statements at the CRD/OPS meeting on January 25, 2012.  All feedback appreciated.

 

 

 

1. AgeSong and AgeSong Institute are vision driven organizations which believe in redefining aging as providing us with the possibility to mature into the role of the wise elder and how to love more deeply all that is.

What valuable service do you provide? In what ways can you improve the delivery of this service?

2. We work from a non-pathologizing model that goes beyond the simplistic split between good and bad – all phenomena are seen as important and waiting to be understood.

Think of a situation that challenged your recently.  What unmet need did that situation address?

3. Every phenomenon has meaning waiting to be discovered and unfolded.

What skills do you need to learn to manage the challenges that present themselves to you every day?

4. The philosophical core or our organizations is based on existential philosophy and psychology, as well as process-oriented psychology.

Existential psychology emphasizes self-awareness, basic freedom, relationships, meaning of life and death, and anxiety associated with being conscious (awareness of the present). Process-oriented psychology emphasizes awareness of one’s unconscious (i.e., dreams, imagination), and integrating one’s unconscious and others’ perspectives of experiences on both a cognitive (intellectual) and somatic (physical) level. How do existentialism and process-oriented psychology relate to your work?

5. Curiosity and acceptance are foundational attitudes in the approach to everything we encounter in our work at our eldercare communities, both in the way we are with elders and with each other.

We have two ears and one mouth so we can listen twice as much as we speak. Think of one resident for whom you care in your work. What have you learned about that person by listening.  How has that made you more accepting?

6. We continually try to develop the ability to deeply listen to others in order to better understand their world, as well as our own inner voice.

How does listening to others help you stay close to your own sense of aliveness and joy?

7. The skill of listening connects to learning and practicing the skill of being present in the here and now.

How do you focus, quiet your mind and pay attention (be mindful) by listening?

8. An attitude of ‘beginner’s mind’ is the basic stance that allows us to be together with love and respect for each other’s viewpoints and ways of being.

How do you cultivate a “beginner’s mind?”

9.  All of us need to “walk the talk,” is, try to be congruent with what we say.

We are ourselves the change we want to see in the world.  Walking our talk is embodied in every encounter – in our communities where we welcome those who are exploring the AgeSong lifestyle, as well as in encounters outside of our communities.  The most powerful way to excite others about AgeSong is to speak about it from our hearts. One of our challenges is to refrain from talking about a resident or another staff member in a public place, such as on the community floors, in the elevator, or in the dining room.   Think of an incidence when you spoke from your heart about AgeSong.  How did you feel?  Think of another incidence when you spoke from some other place (i.e., frustration, despair, other emotion).  How is speaking from your heart a more satisfying experience?

10. We strive to practice responsible stewardship of financial and natural resources.

What kinds of accountability and integrity do you practice in your relationship to others, as well as in your relationship to the natural world and to finances?

11. We all create our own world through the way we see and experience it.

How are you a change agent, rather than a victim of outside forces, both within yourself and outside of yourself?

 

Dining Services Start with Physical Nourishment, but It’s not Where We End

 

 

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 by Janna O’Sullivan

The literal definition of nourishment is the sustenance necessary for growth, health, and good condition.

As part of the AgeSong approach to assisted living, Dining Services starts with the physical nourishment, but it’s not where we end. My name is Janna O’Sullivan, and I am the Senior Director of Dietary Services for Agesong. Food, and all that pertains to food, is my life.

The day begins with three eggs over easy, creamy grits and toast for Joe, and rolls into

liver and onions for JoJo. On the surface, these can be quantified as the fiber, iron and all other vitamin necessities, but more than that, they provide a sense of comfort. These foods are a connection to memories of the past, of people they love, or places they have been. All share a warm feeling of goodness.

These foods are a connection to memories of the past.

The team and I stealthily chop the onions or roast the brightly colored chiogga beets or even puree the chicken to nourish the residents’ bodies, but what we are really doing, or trying to do, is to connect with everyone and in essence, nourish the soul.

We all eat with our eyes, but we also eat with our memories.

What we are really doing, or trying to do, is to connect with everyone and in essence, nourish the soul. 

Every day, I try to connect with someone and learn what his or her “favorite” food is, as this usually has a story to go with, and a great memory to be shared. This is NOURISHMENT.

We are nourishing the body and nourishing the soul. In so doing, we are nourishing ourselves and all because of the food we share.

We are nourishing the body, and nourishing the soul, and in so doing, nourishing ourselves.

I’ve been a chef for twenty years, have worked in all walks of a chef’s life, but have spent the last seven years working with elders.

I’ve been with AgeSong for almost three years, and can truly say that I am in the right space, doing the right thing, at the right time – even if it’s one oatmeal cookie at a time.

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AgeSong Gives a Big Thanks to San Francisco Playworks

by Sushi Frausto

AgeSong gives a huge thank you to San Francisco’s Playworks.  Over the weekend ten members of the Playworks team spent the afternoon at AgeSong in the spirit of community service.  Breaking up into smaller “crews” the Playworks team spent over two hours scrubbing and wiping down our wheelchairs!  Eighteen wheelchairs got the once-over as cleaning crews scrubbed, polished and disinfected.  During the cleaning process team members chatted with residents who watched on as their chairs were being tended to.  Other team members visited with residents on the floors while returning the newly cleaned chairs to their owners.  Clean wheelchairs mean more comfort, less germs and an overall better environment for our folks here at AgeSong.

Playworks is a national nonprofit organization that transforms schools by providing play and physical activity at recess and throughout the school day. Playworks staff provides organized play and physical activity through the five components of the Playworks program: they organize games and activities during recess, provide individual class game times and run a leadership development program during school hours. They also provide homework support and physical activity programs as well as developmental sports leagues during non-school hours.  By focusing on building students’ social and emotional skills through recess and play, Playworks teaches kids to interact more constructively with each other, creating a more positive school climate and learning environment.

 

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Join Us for Tapas, Music, and Stage

Encore 5-18-2013
Saturday, May 18 | Door: 1:30, Show: 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM 
602 Hayes Street , San Francisco, CA 94102

 

Tapas (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈtapas]) are a wide variety of appetizers, or snacks, in Spanish cuisine. They may be cold (such as mixed olives and cheese) or warm (such as chopitos, which are battered, fried baby squid). In select bars in Spain, tapas have evolved into an entire, and sometimes sophisticated, cuisine. In Spain, patrons of tapas can order many different tapas and combine them to make a full meal. In some Central American countries, such snacks are known as bocas. The serving of tapas is designed to encourage conversation because people are not so focused upon eating an entire meal that is set before them. Also, in some countries it is customary for diners to stand and move about while eating tapas. (wikipedia)

 

“Unleash the Power of Age with Music and Stage”

A celebration for national Older Americans Month
Co-hosted by: Lela Logene Butler & Dave Hossfeld
Taped before a live audience –  featuring:  Stagebridge and other guests!
RSVP: Marlena del Hierro, 415.318.8672 
E-Mail: marlenad@agesong.com

 

CLICK HERE to download flyer. 

Read more about Encore Talk Shows…

Read More about StageBridge…

 

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