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

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

 

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

 

AgeSong at Bayside Park To Host Seminar for Professionals on Cannabis-Based Drugs

 

 

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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

AgeSong Creates Guide for Visiting Students

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD Visiting Students Guide

AgeSong welcomes visiting students from abroad.  This summer, Myrianne and Matt are visiting medical students from Paris, who started out at AgeSong Bayside Park, and are now visiting other AgeSong communities in San Francisco (Hayes Valley and Laguna Grove) and Oakland (Lakeside Park). Following are topics covered in the guide:

  • Introduction
  • Central Vision
  • Schedule
  • Training
  • Group Work
  • Contacts
  • Area Map
  • Restaurants
  • Transportation
  • Events

Visiting students participate in AgeSong Institute orientations and trainings, experience activities and events in the AgeSong communities, and become acquainted with residents through one-on-one interaction.  They also have an opportunity to write articles for AgeSong publications, where they share their perceptions on eldercare, intergenerational communication, and what they learn from and contribute to AgeSong communities and AgeSong Institute.

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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

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

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD Working Across Generations Powerpoint

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

 

 

 

 

We’ve Got a Bone To Pick

Did you know that after around age 30, bone mass begins to diminish? And without proper care, our bones can become more brittle and in many cases, lead to bone disease. Make no bones about, maintaining bone health is just as important to our life as breathing is. See how small changes in your diet can prevent the onset of osteoporosis and other degenerative bone diseases. MORE from The Well…

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