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Eldership gives back to our community the depth gained from a lived life.

All the years of life are important building blocks for our final, climactic years of eldership.

Aging is an active process of becoming, learning and growing. 

The joys and toils of a lived life give depth for our eldership.

At AgeSong we appreciate the world that opens up to us through people with forgetfulness.

We are accepting of our own changes, physically and mentally, as we move along our aging process.

AgeSong believes that care and love is the primary force behind a life worth living.

At AgeSong we embrace forgetfulness to move beyond the stigma of dementia.

What might lie ahead of us if we undertake a journey to the soul?

At AgeSong we celebrate different ways of communicating.

AgeSong Dream

AgeSong works toward a society where elders are seen as wisdom-keepers who can guide the younger and less experienced. Each individual must continuously do their own work to grow and learn, society must make room for the role of elders and appreciate the tremendous value they hold for society. AgeSong provides several resources for individual’s seeking this growth.

The Dream

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Elders are respected for their knowledge, life experience and wisdom. These qualities provide the foundation for an ind ividual to possess qualities of an elder, to practice eldership.

Eldership refers to qualities that are ageless, have endured the test of time such as love, kindness, equanimity, compassion, patience, caring, mindfulness, relatedness, altruism, and generosity.

Elders hold a vital and deep value to our society. AgeSong thus establishes its eldercare communities as a central force in shaping social and cultural movements. AgeSong provides multiple opportunities to embrace the teaching of elders through in-person seminars and conversations, publications, certification programs, student and intern programs, as well as GeroWellness programs.

The AgeSong Dream envisions an elder culture which is a movement of people who want to stand for a celebration of being human, of deeply appreciating the richness and complexity of living a life of awareness, questioning, learning and growing. Such learning and growth only occurs through enduring the inevitable pain and suffering but also the joy and jubilations that come when we prevail amidst all the challenges we have no choice but to face and confront. It is the very process of aging, of maturation, which affords us the opportunity to deeply appreciate and celebrate the richness and diversity of life.

Publications

Elders Academy Press

AgeSong works with Elders Academy Press to publish books about Elders. Below are a few examples of  recent works published by Elders Academy Press. To find more books published by Elders Academy Press, please visit their website.

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Elders Today: Opportunities of a Lifetime

by Nader R. Shabahangi, Ph.D.
2011


It is in joining with the elders of today that each one of us can be enriched and deepened, that our culture and societies can be reminded of what makes us essentially human. Elders Today poses complex, quintessential questions about life, our role within the world, our values, our contribution, presence and legacy, helping us not only learn to appreciate what it means to be an elder; we can’t help but actually look forward to becoming elders ourselves.

Read more about Elders Today on Elders Academy Press.

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Encounters of the Real Kind: Musings, Poetry, Stories About Elders, Forgetfulness and Life, Book 1

edited by Nader R. Shabahangi, Ph.D.
2013

Encounters of the Real Kind are exactly that: deep, life-changing meetings between human beings. These are stories, poems and musings shared by the 2011/2012 AgeSong Gero-Wellness interns from their experiences within AgeSong’s humanistically-visioned assisted living residences. The AgeSong Gero-Wellness training emphasizes that we need to ‘see’ and care for the whole human being and adopting that philosophy gives AgeSong Residences a culture of care that focuses on the individuals.

Read more about Encounters of the Real Kind Book 1 on Elders Academy Press. 

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Encounters of the Real Kind: musings, poetry, stories about elders, forgetfulness and life, Book 2

edited by Nader R. Shabahangi, Ph.D.
2014


This is the second volume in the series of Encounters of the Real Kind. These stories, poems and musings are shared by the 2012/2013 participants in the AgeSong Gero-Wellness training program.

Read more about Encounters of the Real Kind Book 2 on Elders Academy Press.

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Videos

AgeSong produces video content to help the elder community. Below are a few sample videos. If you would like to see more videos, please visit the AgeSong Video Library. 

Community Life

Want to see what life is like at AgeSong? We have a series of videos to show the day to day activities at all AgeSong communities. 

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Education Video

This is an example of one of our many educational videos. 

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Special Programs

Wondering about our special programs? We have videos detailing our special programs, such as this Gero-Wellness Training video.

View Special Programs Videos

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TESTIMONIAL

“It has been a great experience working with Pacific Institute at Hayes Valley Care. I have come to trust the healing that this work invokes. Above all else, I know how deeply grateful the residents are to have Pacific Institute’s staff in their lives. My work has made that very clear.”
   — Matt, Pacific Institute Intern

“It has been a great experience working with Pacific Institute at Hayes Valley Care. I have come to trust the healing that this work invokes. Above all else, I know how deeply grateful the residents are to have Pacific Institute’s staff in their lives. My work has made that very clear.”
   — Matt, Pacific Institute Intern