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