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

 

 

 

 

You Only Live Once: Re-imagining Eldercare

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  • Monday, May 14, AgeSong at Bayside Park, 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm
  • Tuesday, May 15, Dementia Beyond Drugs, AgeSong at Lakeside Park, 9:30 am to 11:00 am; AgeSong at Laguna Grove, 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm

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G. Allen Power, MD is Eden Mentor at St. John’s Home in Rochester, NY, and Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Rochester. He is a board certified internist and geriatrician, and is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians / American Society for Internal Medicine. Continue reading

Applying AgeSong’s Vision

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Staff, volunteers, and associates are applying AgeSong’s Vision within the organization’s elder and assisted living communities and in the greater community. View Spring/Summer issue of We Are AgeSong.

 

Inter-Generational Events Apply AgeSong Philosophy

 

 

Exploring inter-generational relationships are integral to AgeSong’s Central Vision.  The first vision statement, composed by Nader Shabahangi, AgeSong founder,  emphasizes the organization’s interest in inter-generational issues. He says,  “We redefine aging as providing us with the possibility to mature into the role of the wise elder.”

AgeSong Elder communities and AgeSong Institute are sponsoring several inter-generational events this spring open to the public.  Here are a few:

AgeSong and OLLI Intergenerational Forum

Wednesday, April 18, 2 to 4 pm. AgeSong at Laguna Grove, 624 Laguna Street, San Francisco. Youngsters and Oldsters Change the World Together. Adults not listening?  Planet not going the way it makes sense?  All about power and money?  Join forces with those who have the motivation to make the changes we need! MORE…

Conversations on Aging:  Embracing Elderhood

Saturday, May 5, 10:30 am – noon.  Embracing Elderhood. The Cafe at AgeSong, Bayside Park. With every new transition we are called upon to adapt to its inherent changes.  Psychological research focuses heavily on the changes and shifts in identity that occur throughout early and late childhood, adolescence, early adulthood and mid-life.  What about older age? Featuring a panel of discussants, including Rachael Friedman, Joseph Assouline, Troy Piwowarski, and AgeSong co-founder and CEO Nader Shabahangi.  AgeSong residents, families, and members of the community are welcome, refreshments and snacks will be provided. MORE…

Generations of Success Experience Corps Bay Area Event

Sunday, May 6. Fisk House, 700 Hayes Street, San Francisco. AgeSong Elder Communities in San Francisco and East Bay are proud to be contributing sponsors to Experience Corps Bay Area’s second annual Generations of Success event.   MORE…

Skill Development Workshop:  Working Across Generations – When You are Younger or New to the Field

Friday and Saturday, June 22-23. UC Berkeley School of Public Health Alumni event. Explore strategies that work for those who are younger or new to the field and find themselves leading, managing or working on teams with people older and more experienced than themselves. In a discussion led by presenters spanning four decades, we examine our own perceptions of age, how we can look at age differently, and how we can give performance feedback to someone of a different age/cultural background from ourselves. Participants will work in pairs and small groups and view a short video on perceptions of aging. Presenters:  Richard Barnets, M.A., MFTI, Sally Gelardin, Ed.D., Nader Shabahangi, Ph.D.  MORE…

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

Working Across Generations – When You Are Younger or New to the Field

June 22 – 23, 9:00  am to 5:00 pm. Take charge of your career: A conference and networking event for recent public health alumni from the UC Berkeley School of Public Health, sponsored by the Center for Health Leadership and CalPACT and the UC Berkeley SPH Alumni Association.

Would you like to:
•    Revitalize, refresh, refocus, or re-invigorate your career?
•    Remember why you chose a career in public health or health care?
•    Envision where you are going next?
•    Build your professional skills for staying where you are or making a change?
•    Figure out how to move from a “job” to a “career”?
•    Imagine how you could balance work, life and family?

Contact:

Ellie Schindelman, MPH
Lecturer & Education Director,
Center for Health Leadership
273 University Hall
UC Berkeley School of Public Health
Berkeley, Ca 94720-7360
510 642-2084
Fax: 510.643.1200

Skill Development Workshop:  Working Across Generations – When You are Younger or New to the Field (Friday, June 22, 10:45 am to noon; 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm; Saturday, June 23, 9:45 am to 11:15 am)

Explore strategies that work for those who are younger or new to the field and find themselves leading, managing or working on teams with people older and more experienced than themselves. In a discussion led by presenters spanning four decades, we examine our own perceptions of age, how we can look at age differently, and how we can give performance feedback to someone of a different age/cultural background from ourselves. Participants will work in pairs and small groups and view a short video on perceptions of aging.

Speaker Bios
Richard J Barnes, M.A.,  MFTI,  is an outpatient therapist and intake supervisor at Fremont Psychiatric Adult and Adolescent Partial Hospitalization Outpatient Program.  He has trained at USF, Stanford University’s Post Masters Fellowship Program at Vaden’s Health Services, and the City of San Francisco Department of Public Health EAP.  In addition to his clinical training in mental health, Richard has 8  years experience as a businessman in sales & marketing for Pharmacia & Upjohn and Johnson & Johnson in the specialties of Women’s Health Care and Psychotropic medications.  Richard is interested in learning, educating and facilitating community discussions that may help enhance the process of bridging the gap and better managing age related issues in the workplace today. chard321@aol.com

Sally Gelardin, Ed.D.  (International and Multicultural Education), NCC, DCC, JCTC,  is an Adjunct Faculty and Adult Portfolio Evaluator, University of San Francisco; Publicist; and Author. Her focus is on life/work balance and aging issues.  Gelardin is author of The Mother-Daughter Relationship, Starting and Growing a Business in the New Economy, and Career and Caregiving: Empowering the Shadow Workforce of Family Caregivers. Dr. Gelardin was president of the California Career Development Association and received CCDA’s Robert Swan Lifetime Achievement Award. She is currently a journalist for AgeSong Elder Communities and AgeSong Institute.  www.agesong.com, www.agesonginstitute.org, www.agesongtoday.com, and www.careerwell.org.

Nader Robert Shabahangi, Ph.D.,  is a licensed psychotherapist, businessman, author,  publisher, and advocate for marginalized groups of society.  He has led anticipatory bereavements groups for Coming  Home Hospice; founded the Pacific Institute to train psychotherapists in a multicultural, humanistic approach to counseling  and to provide affordable therapy services to the many diverse groups in San Francisco; and developed an innovative Gerontological Wellness Program to provide emotional and mental health care services for the elderly. In 1995, he started AgeSong to develop and operate assisted living communities. www.agesong.comwww.agesonginstitute.org, and www.pacificinstitute.org.

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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