Reflections on Eldercare Today and the Future

The Senior Care Industry at one point only saw its role as one that assisted elders with basic living needs, not to help them live in meaningful communities that provide continued integration of elders in and with society. The former approach often led to the valid criticism of senior care providers ‘warehousing’ elders. This warehousing criticism was based on an overall simplistic approach to eldercare which led to large profit margins in the industry.

Now developers and operators have a difficult time letting go of such margins. But in order to provide more sophisticated and intelligent care, more professionals in social work, psychology and other human services need to be employed, all people who cost more. The carepartners, who belong to the lowest paid people in the United States, yet are tasked with helping our elders (one time that will be you) in the most intimate and relational ways – are tired of working two and sometimes three jobs to make ends meet.

The profit margins of yesterday belong to an outdated concept of who are our elders: not useless members of society but rather highly mature, experienced as well as knowledgable people whose wisdom must be used to steer this planet and people in more sensible directions, whose experience can maintain certain ethical and rational standards of sustainability for both civil conduct and care of our planet.

Elders are a resource, not a liability. Aging allows us to mature, not to decline. This shift in attitude towards our elders and anyone being older than what is considered young (and has that not moved to a younger and younger age with teenagers now being used in marketing and on billboards everywhere?!) – this shift, indeed, is the challenge ahead of us.

Senior care providers can either help or obstruct the much needed and wanted attitudinal change towards valuing our more mature members of society. Doing so will not only be better for planet and people but, in the long run, will make sure that our present assisted living industry will not become a dinosaur because it was not able to adapt to new needs and attitudes.

~ Nader Shabahangi, PhD, CEO and CoFounder of AgeSong, Eldercare Communities

AgeSong University: From the Inside Out w/ Dr Julia Wolfson

MAY 20, 2016

AGESONG UNIVERSITY

350 UNIVERSITY STREET

SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94134

5:30 TO 7:00 PM

Refreshments Served

RSVP by May 18

415.337.1587 or email aureception@agesong.com

 

In this presentation, Julia Wolfson, PhD will share ideas on changing custodial attitudes to care, in ways that give equal emphasis to individual agency, reciprocity in relationships, and community belonging. She calls this approach to transforming our patterns of mind and feeling “Deep Power.”

For many people, care is a necessity, for others it is a job, and for many it is a calling. Too often people dependent on care and support are stigmatized and trapped in systems of control that are unsafe, and they’re robbed of basic human rights and freedoms many of us take for granted. This is as relevant for older adults as it is for people with a disability and children, in need of health, functional and social support in daily living.

Drawing on a wealth of research, stories and lessons learned, Julia will address the following three topics:

• How the care relationship changes us as care providers

• How use of in-born powers can transform care cultures from the inside-out

• How diversity is a key to communication, conflict and community building

Dr. Wolfson draws on nearly 40 years of experiences in organizational and human service communities around the world. She works directly with people, leaders, caregivers, specialists and family members, whole teams and organizations. Her experiences with people primed for helplessness led to her discovery of nine in-born powers hidden within the experiences of care practitioners, leaders and people dependent on support. Her concept of “Deep Power” is a powerful response to the central question we humans will always have to face: Who are we, really? How can care cultures facilitate friendship, purpose and contribution?

About Dr. Julia Wolfson

Julia lives in in Australia. She is a Visiting Fellow at the Australian National University in Canberra. She is founder and principal of Turning Forward, a global network organization dedicated to uplifting self-powered people, organizations and communities anywhere. Her forthcoming book Safe and Free: Transforming human service environments from the inside out will be available later in the year.

AgeSong University RCFE License Number 385600402

 

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AgeSong WoodPark: Changing Our Culture of Care w/ Dr Julia Wolfson

AGESONG WOODPARK

3121 FRUITVALE AVENUE

SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94602

RSVP BY MAY 14

510.842.3192 OR WPFRONT@AGESONG.COM

5:30PM – 7:00PM

REFRESHMENTS SERVED

WoodPark RCFE #019200514

 

 

In this presentation, Julia Wolfson, PhD will share ideas on changing custodial attitudes to care, in ways that give equal emphasis to individual agency, reciprocity in relationships, and community belonging. She calls this approach to transforming our patterns of mind and feeling “Deep Power.”

For many people, care is a necessity, for others it is a job, and for many it is a calling. Too often people dependent on care and support are stigmatized and trapped in systems of control that are unsafe, and they’re robbed of basic human rights and freedoms many of us take for granted. This is as relevant for older adults as it is for people with a disability and children, in need of health, functional and social support in daily living.

Drawing on a wealth of research, stories and lessons learned, Julia will address the following three topics:

• How the care relationship changes us as care providers

• How use of in-born powers can transform care cultures from the inside-out

• How diversity is a key to communication, conflict and community building

Dr. Wolfson draws on nearly 40 years of experiences in organizational and human service communities around the world. She works directly with people, leaders, caregivers, specialists and family members, whole teams and organizations. Her experiences with people primed for helplessness led to her discovery of nine in-born powers hidden within the experiences of care practitioners, leaders and people dependent on support. Her concept of “Deep Power” is a powerful response to the central question we humans will always have to face: Who are we, really? How can care cultures facilitate friendship, purpose and contribution?

About Dr. Julia Wolfson

Julia lives in in Australia. She is a Visiting Fellow at the Australian National University in Canberra. She is founder and principal of Turning Forward, a global network organization dedicated to uplifting self-powered people, organizations and communities anywhere. Her forthcoming book Safe and Free: Transforming human service environments from the inside out will be available later in the year.

 AgeSong at WoodPark RCFE License Number: 019200514

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Upcoming Event – Dr Wolfson Presentation From the Inside Out: Changing Our Culture of Care

In this presentation, held at both AgeSong WoodPark & AgeSong University, Julia Wolfson, PhD will share ideas on changing custodial attitudes to care. She will talk about changing the culture of care in ways that give equal emphasis to individual agency, reciprocity in relationships, and community belonging. She calls this approach to transforming our patterns of mind and feeling “Deep Power.”

For many people, care is a necessity, for others it is a job, and for many it is a calling. Too often people dependent on care and support are stigmatized and trapped in systems of control that are unsafe, and they’re robbed of basic human rights and freedoms many of us take for granted. This is as relevant for older adults as it is for people with a disability and children, in need of health, functional and social support in daily living.

Drawing on a wealth of research, stories and lessons learned, Julia will address the following three topics:

• How the care relationship changes us as care providers

• How use of in-born powers can transform care cultures from the inside-out

• How diversity is a key to communication, conflict and community building

Dr. Wolfson draws on nearly 40 years of experiences in organizational and human service communities around the world. She works directly with people, leaders, caregivers, specialists and family members, whole teams and organizations. Her experiences with people primed for helplessness led to her discovery of nine in-born powers hidden within the experiences of care practitioners, leaders and people dependent on support. Her concept of “Deep Power” is a powerful response to the central question we humans will always have to face: Who are we, really? How can care cultures facilitate friendship, purpose and contribution?

Julia lives in in Australia. She is a Visiting Fellow at the Australian National University in Canberra. She is founder and principal of Turning Forward, a global network organization dedicated to uplifting self-powered people, organizations and communities anywhere. Her forthcoming book Safe and Free: Transforming human service environments from the inside out will be available later in the year.

AgeSong WoodPark Presentation:
Dr Julia Wolfson will be presenting “From the Inside Out” at AgeSong WoodPark May 19th, 2016 at 5:30pm – 7:00pm

CEUs available for nurses, CNAs, MFTs, RCFEs. AgeSong at WoodPark RCFE License Number: 019200514.

AgeSong University Presentation:
Dr Julia Wolfson will be presenting “From the Inside Out” at AgeSong University May 20th, 2016 at  5:30pm – 7:00pm

CEUs available for Nurses, CNAs, MFTs, RCFEs. AgeSong University RCFE License Number 385600402

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AgeSong Founder Shares with Sutter Staff New View of Eldering

July 23 Sutter Health invited Nader Shabahangi, AgeSong Founder and CEO, and other AgeSong representatives, to share the philosophy and history of AgeSong with Sutter staff. Nader’s presentation included the following key points:

1. Move away from labeling people with such terms as “dementia” or “Alzheimers”.
2. Growing older gives us more clarity and time to form meaningful relationships and understanding what it means “to be human.”
3. As we age, we slow down and live more in the present. We have more time for conversations and “being with,” without distractions, such as cell phones and feeling compelled to move on to the next activity.

The collaboration between AgeSong and Sutter Health brings together AgeSong’s inspirational elder community “beyond assisted living” with Sutter Health, a family of doctors and hospitals, serving more than 100 communities in Northern California.

To prepare for the event, the AgeSong team compiled a video of recent films and a quick exploration of what the elders, carepartners and community as whole do to during the year! Click here to view video.

In addition, AgeSong University community members created for Sutter employees nature bookmarks that accompanied AgeSong’s Elders Academy Press book gifts.

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