AgeSong at Bayside Park September Newsletter and Community Calendars Now Available

 CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD  September 2012 Newsletter

CLICK HERE to download September Main Calendar

CLICK HERE to download September 2ndFloor Calendar

CLICK HERE to download September 3rd Floor Calendar

 

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AgeSong at Bayside Park | 1440 40th Street, Emeryville, California 94608 | 510-594-8800 | License # 015601452

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

Panel Discussion on Medical Cannabis Sept 7

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 BORN TO AGE

PRESENTS

AN EDUCATION PANEL FOR

SENIOR CARE PROFESSIONALS

ON

MEDICAL CANNABIS

 

A PANEL PRESENTATION WITH:

Richard Lenson, M.D., James Anthony, Attorney, Sarah Shrader, Americans for Safe Access, Steven DeAngelo, Harborside Health Center, Sue Taylor, Health Educator

Friday, Sept. 7, 2012 10 a.m-Noon

 

Location:  Agesong at Bayside Park 

1440 40th Street

Emeryville, CA  94608

 

Reservations Required: borntoage@hotmail.com, or 707-226-7127.

Space is limited to 40 people.

 

This comprehensive presentation is specific to the needs of professionals

who are working with people who are chronically ill, or dying and need up

to date medical cannabis information on the legal issues, health administration, research, caregiver liability, dosages, products available, alternatives to care, etc.

There will be time for questions and answers.

There is no charge for attending.

Elders Join 250,000 Participants at Solano Avenue Stroll

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD POSTER OF 2012 Solano Ave Stroll

Solano Avenue Association and Stroll presents…

“Step into the Future” with the 38th Annual Solano Avenue Stroll in Albany and Berkeley, CA, Sunday, September 9, 10 am to 6 pm.

FREE One Mile-Long Street Festival

  • 50 Entertainers
  • 50 Food Booths
  • 150 Arts and Crafters
  • 150 Local Non-Profits

510.527.5358

www.SolanoStroll.org

My cousin, moving into her 90s, has been attending this event for over 35 years.

Sally

Speaking of Volunteers…

A Personal Letter of Invitation from the Volunteer Coordinator:

I discovered AgeSong two years ago when I was taking an Activity Coordinator training at College of Marin.  Betsy Best-Martini, the instructor, who offers the training every fall semester, sends her students throughout the San Francisco Bay area to donate their time to elder and assisted living communities.  I chose to volunteer at several communities in different counties.  My volunteer experience at AgeSong’s newest community in Emeryville was transforming.  I volunteered with residents of all levels of care – finding each experience as rewarding as the others. We sang and made illustrations of Louis Armstrong’s “What a Wonderful World,” and researched the history of aprons and then each resident made her/his own apron.

Within a few months, I was recruited to serve on the Poetics of Aging Conference committee, sponsored by AgeSong.  Then I was asked to chair the conference.  Now I am working full-time as Volunteer Coordinator and Outreach Director for AgeSong.

I can’t promise all volunteers a job, but with 20 years experience as a career counselor and educator, I know that you are most fulfilled, whether paid or unpaid, when you are using your most highly motivated skills and interests in an organization with values congruent with your values and when you are immersed in activities that fill a need by society.

We have volunteers from teen to post-doc and retired, with a diversity of backgrounds, abilities, and interests. Volunteering at AgeSong will be a rewarding, amazing experience that will open your mind and heart to a new view of aging as expansion, creativity and growth.

Sally Gelardin, sallyg @agesong.com

More Information…

Volunteers provide a valuable contribution to AgeSong’s programs that foster diversity and loving exchanges between volunteers and residents who have diverse experiences in life.

We all benefit when seniors remain engaged in the world. By integrating our inner community with our outer surroundings, and by offering residents encouragement, support, and opportunities for growth, AgeSong programs counter loneliness and isolation, and encourage learning and community involvement. You Can Help!

If you’re interested in volunteering for AgeSong call (510) 318-7739 Ext. 360 or e-mail volunteer@agesong.com for the opportunities that most interest you.

OUR COMMUNITIES

AgeSong at Bayside Park – Emeryville

Our community offers independent, supportive, assisted living & forgetfulness care within a vibrant nurturing environment. Our programs promote energetic, engaging, and educational choices. Residents also enjoy trips to local areas of interest, one-on-one discussions and support with special projects.

AgeSong at Lakeside Park – Oakland

Lakeside Park offers assisted living services for those with forgetfulness (what others call dementia) or other specialized care. We provide a unique setting combining our park-like surroundings with home-style environment. All of our programs support residents in communicating. Our staff, interns and volunteers work on intergenerational exchanges, group projects and individual and family projects.

AgeSong at Lake Merritt – Oakland

Agesong at Lake Merritt is an independent lifestyle community intended especially for older adults. Our wide array of programs, services, and amenities are designed from a holistic perspective to promote an active lifestyle that supports the mind, body, and spirit.

AgeSong at Hayes Valley/Laguna Grove – San Francisco

Our San Francisco communities offer specialized care for high needs assisted living, including an innovative forgetfulness care (what others call dementia or Alzheimer’s disease) and behavioral health program. These communities are part of the Pacific Institute, a Bay Area non-profit organization serving elders through care, education, and research.

Click here to submit your Volunteer Questionnaire online.

 

Where else could you find interns contributing daily to an elder community for an entire year??

AgeSong at Bayside Park 2012 – 2013 AgeSong Institute Interns

  • One-on-one relationships
  • Activity facilitation
  • Family support
  • Clinical Supervision
  • Staff interaction
  • Classroom Training

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AgeSong at Bayside Park | 1440 40th Street, Emeryville, California 94608 | 510-594-8800 | License # 015601452

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

“Shooting the Breeze” with Lifelong Friends at Bayside Park

If you could choose three friends from childhood or your early adulthood with whom you could spend your later years, whom would you choose and where would you live?

Let your mind imagine further how you would live each day to its fullest.  Choosing not to be a hazard on the road, you might have given up your car keys, especially if you live near fairly busy traffic. Would you like to enjoy gourmet meals served every day, listen to live jazz music a couple afternoons a week, exercise in a wellness center, practice some sort of Eastern martial arts, Kneipp water therapy or transcendental meditation, have interesting speakers come to your residence, rather than stand in lines waiting to listen to them, expand your mind under the guidance of graduate student interns from local universities, participate in weekly excursions throughout the Bay area, meet interesting people, such as Kai and his cockatoo, or quietly draw in a sunny art room?

If some or all of the above activities appeal to you, then you are welcome to attend a public event at AgeSong, Bayside Park, an elder and assisted living community in Emeryville, CA, next door to Berkeley and Oakland. View upcoming events in the current issue of AgeSong at Bayside Park’s monthly newsletter.  Read about Shel Franklin, artist-in-residence of the month, meet a top bridge and mahjong player, preview “Coffee, Word & Image,” a favorite Saturday activity, and meet the 2012 – 2013 Bayside Park interns.

Click below to download AgeSong at Bayside Park August newsletter. Wouldn’t it be glorious if you could shoot the breeze on a daily basis, living in the same community, as do Vera, Bette, and Marelese, who have know each other for 50 years or more…and shoot the breeze with new friends, too!

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD Bayside Park Newsletter August 2012

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AgeSong at Bayside Park | 1440 40th Street, Emeryville, California 94608 | 510-594-8800 | License # 015601452

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

 


 

 

“What are you thinking about?” she asked Pooh.

Kai Bansner is bringing Pooh Baer, his domesticated cockatoo, to AgeSong at Bayside Park. Pooh was a big hit for his first spontaneous visit to the community. Perching Pooh on her forearm, Gina, who had been feeling down with all her aches and pains,  asked Pooh, “What are you thinking?”  Pooh responded by doing a 360 pirouette and let his admiring crowd take turns perching him on their arm. MORE…

Kai has the same twinkle in his eye and love of life and travel that his grandfather Erich has had throughout his adventurous life.  Relatives and friends of residents are welcome to contact sallyg@agesong.com if you have a special pet,  talent or skill that you’d like to share with the community.

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AgeSong at Bayside Park | 1440 40th Street, Emeryville, California 94608 | 510-594-8800 | License # 015601452

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

 

Charades Keeps All in Stitches at Bayside Park Block Party

Like any urban neighborhood, residents at Bayside Park enjoy Block Parties. Last night Floors 4 and 5 each had their own Block Party, entertaining each other with recollections of favorite movies (Floor 4) and  acting out names of movies in a game of Charades (Floor 5). What’s your favorite movie of all time? How would you pantomime a queen or lion with no props?

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AgeSong at Bayside Park | 1440 40th Street, Emeryville, California 94608 | 510-594-8800 | License # 015601452

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

 

How To Spare Caregivers and Their Families the Stress of Conflict at a Time of Grieving and Loss

CLICK HERE To Listen to audio interview with Carolyn Brent

Carolyn A. Brent, MBA, , author of the number one bestselling book Why Wait?  The Baby Boomer’s Guide to preparing Emotionally, Financially & Legally for a Parent’s Death, will spark a discussion at AgeSong, Bayside Park, on  “crucial conversations” in preparation for the end-of-life issues families may face.  This event is open to the public.

Bio

Carolyn  travels throughout the United States lecturing about the importance of adult siblings and parents having what she calls “crucial conversations” in preparation for the difficult discussion of end-of-life issues they may face, so that instead of being torn apart, they can come together as a strong family.

 Book Review

Why Wait? The Baby Boomers’ Guide to Preparing Emotionally, Financially & Legallyfor a Parents’ Death, Carolyn Brent

This is a book that is long overdue and is a must read for those who have aging parents as well as for the aging parents themselves. This book is filled with the wisdom about caring for aging parents that comes from experience and with the compassion that comes from love. Brent walked the path first and then wrote about it in an effort to help others avoid some of the pain, confusion and pitfalls she had to experience in caring for her aging father.

Our society has kept the subject of death and dying hush-hush. It wasn’t a subject we talked about as if not avoiding it would keep it from happening to us or our loved ones. Dr. Elizabeth Kubler-Ross brought it to the forefront with her revolutionary book, On Death and Dying in 1969. Since then many books about grief and grieving have been written and many websites are dedicated to the subject of grief.

There is little available, however, on how to prepare for your care when you begin to decline – becoming unable to totally care for yourself. Furthermore, there is little available to help your loved ones prepare for your decline and death. Carolyn Brent helps you find ways to do this kind of planning together BEFORE it’s too late to have a viable discussion. It isn’t ever pleasant but it is absolutely essential.

Brent covers such subjects as finding an acceptable long term care facility and what is expected from them and what they expect from you. She details caring for them in your home. She helps you approach the discussion about money issues, end of life directives, and care for the body after death. She talks openly about family upheavals, jealousies, interference and ultimatums. She gives encouragement to the caregiver and offers great tips on how to be a caregiver without ruining your own health in the process. In fact she touches on all those difficult and delicate issues that we don’t know how to deal with or how to approach discussing them with the ones we love. She bravely bares her own soul and emotions to describe personal experiences to make it real to you and help you see the necessity of addressing these painful subjects with all who are affected.

Why Wait?  is well written, speaks to the issues without beating them to death, holds your attention and addresses critical information in an understandable way. I recommend that anyone approaching their older years read it and give it to their children. I recommend it to the children of aging parents. I recommend it to caregivers everywhere and I urge every Senior Center and geriatrics practitioner to have a copy of this book available. If you don’t have a copy, Why wait to get your copy of Why Wait? -Dr. Irene Conlan-

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AgeSong at Bayside Park | 1440 40th Street, Emeryville, California 94608 | 510-594-8800 | License # 015601452

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