AgeSong is the leading eldercare lifestyle provider in the San Francisco Bay Area. AgeSong enables residents to customize their lifestyle based on personal preference, religious affiliation, and medical needs. Care choices range from short-term rehabilitation to permanent residence.
AgeSong’s fundamental belief is that through providing elders with the opportunity to live a balanced lifestyle, elders can be who they truly are. In paying attention to the needs of the individual and of the community, AgeSong offers complete lifestyle options including balanced nutritional selections, mental health and physical fitness programs, engagement activities, and continued learning and teaching opportunities.
Elders are an integral part of our society. They are sought out for their knowledge, life experience and wisdom and need to feel valued and to be accessible. This attitude supports the role we call ‘eldership’.
Eldership refers to the attitude of a person who has qualities of an elder. These qualities are of ageless nature and have endured the test of time. As such, they provide our culture with a compass, a guide to living. AgeSong’s vision is to promote such eldership and help re-establish its role in our societies.
To help make this vision possible, AgeSong establishes and maintains eldercare communities where elders are understood as our teachers. They teach us to care, love, and live a rich and meaningful life, to help us grow into future elders. As such, from the perspective of a life lived, elders help us stay focused on what matters in life.
The AgeSong WoodPark community is set in a neighborhood of charming single family homes in Oakland’s diverse, evolving Fruitvale district. Our expansive one-story residence offers a warmly decorated, sunlit environment, set within numerous spacious residential wings accommodating 86 residents. The many common rooms and dining areas throughout the building offer inviting gathering places for residents and their guests.
These videos give a unique behind-the-scenes look at the training that goes on at the AgeSong communities to ensure the latest humanistic, multi-disciplinary, and relational care methods are practiced within the communities.
This AgeSong Vision training video is a great introduction to the inner workings of AgeSong and how the AgeSong Vision fosters the AgeSong Exceptional Assisted Living experience for both residents and staff.
Nader Shabahangi talks to the incoming Pacific Institute GeroWellness interns about the CarePartnering program used in hte AgeSong communities and the difference between carepartnering at AgeSong and caregiving found in more traditional models.
Janna covers the AgeSong Nourishment program, how it plays a part in the AgeSong vision, eldercare and in the lives of the residents. She discusses the importance of relational care and how this is an opportunity for residents to make “choices” for their meals.
At AgeSong we view Elders as our Teachers. We work to re-vision how we view the residents. If residents feel viewed as teachers, they also feel valued and they also have a purpose. They can help us become deeper, more grounded, more centered, more caring and more compassionate people.
In this roundtable we look at the phenomena called dementia and how it is becoming more medicalized and more stigmatized. At AgeSong the emphasis is less on the biomedical diagnosis and more on recognizing human differences and individual needs when it comes to caring for those with “forgetfulness.”
Being “heard” can make a person feel that therapy “works” for them. In the communities we have elders who do not speak, do not hear well or do not seem “aware” in the same way we would understand the term. The therapeutic moment in these situations can be more than a conversation, it is an engagement. “Being heard” is more about acceptance for who you are and acceptance is an important foundational tenet at AgeSong.
Nader received his Doctorate from Stanford University, is a licensed psychotherapist, and is cofounder of AgeSong. His multicultural background has fueled his passion for becoming an advocate for marginalized groups and for creating programs with the purpose of caring more comprehensively for elders. As Clinical Director at AgeSong he manages intern supervision and oversees all resident issues of a clinical nature. At AgeSong the mental health care programs employ a humanistic-existential, process oriented approach to working with individuals in general and elders specifically.
In 1992, Nader also founded the Pacific Institute, a nonprofit organization that defines its mission as one of helping elders live meaningful lives. Nader is a frequent guest lecturer, including presenting at international conferences focusing on aging, counseling, and dementia. In 2003 he authored Faces of Aging, a book challenging stereotypical views of the aging process and of growing old. In 2008 he co-authored Deeper Into the Soul, a book aimed at de-stigmatizing and broadening our understanding of dementia. In 2009 he co-authored Conversations With Ed, a book challenging readers to look at dementia in different ways. In 2011 he published Elders Today, a photo and text book that cherishes aging and old age as a most desirable phase of our lives. Celebrating the intergenerational dialogue between young and old, Nader edited and published Encounters of the Real Kind in 2012, 2013 and 2014. Each edition of this book is a collection of stories and anecdotes that pay tribute to the deep and life-changing encounters between elders and those learning to become elders.