By Nader Shabahangi, CalHealthReport.org, January 8, 2017
by Matt Perry, CalHealthReport.org, September 12, 2016
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The AgeSong Guru Project is a an initiative focusing on comprehensive care partnerships with elders to understand need-driven behaviors and minimize risky use of psychotropic medication.
Hosted by AgeSong and sponsored by Pacific Institute.
Find out the in-depth story of why and how AgeSong is “Making a Difference in Eldercare.” This story shares the very beginnings with Nader’s involvement in 1994 in the improvements at a small eldercare facility in the Richmond through the opening of AgeSong Hayes Valley, to the therapeutic and humanistic programs that have informed the continued growth of AgeSong’s current Eldercare communities and programs.
AgeSong approaches aging from a different perspective, challenging attitudes about aging and elders.While most providers offer a safe environment, nutrition, housekeeping and other basic services, AgeSong also approaches each aspect of care as an opportunity to interact. AgeSong celebrates the individual and focuses on community living within a learning environment.
[Comparison of Care Flyer – PDF]
by Nader Shabahangi
This article suggests a unique way of viewing aging and dementia. Focusing on the process ofaging, the author examines the manner in which we age and the meaning(s)we create while we go through the various stages of life.
“I want to also thank you for the excellent care you have provided (and continue to provide) my friend, as well as the other residents at AgeSong. I can highly recommend AgeSong to everyone based upon the excellent care I have observed and from the personal experiences of my friend. Thank you. You have wonderful staff and provide exemplary care and assistance for some very difficult seniors and others with disabilities.”
— Hadley, Friend of Resident
“I wanted to tell you how grateful we, the JFKU team, and our guests from Japan, were to be able to visit your beautiful facilities and to have such an inspiring presentation. Our guests have visited many other senior care facilities in U.S. in the past, but they were very impressed by your unique approach in the elderly care field, with deep psychological understanding of the elders and also of our modern society in general.
“I appreciate so much what you did for my mom and me. I saw her today, and I am convinced beyond a shadow of a doubt that she is safe, content, and feels valued.”
— Regina, Family Member
“We love what you are doing for our elders; they have given so much, and it’s heartwarming to know there is a place where care and love can show them appreciation, and that life is not over ’til our last breath.”
— Nora, AgeSong Supporter
“We wanted to thank you and everyone at Hayes Valley so much for the beautiful memorial service that you did for Maria Clara on January 12. It was very meaningful to us that Maria Clara was honored in this way by those with whom she spent the last year of her life. As difficult as things were for Maria Clara over the past year, I think she always felt well cared for and loved by her “family” at Hayes Valley. Since we weren’t able to have the funeral service until February 3 (because of family schedules), it was particularly healing to share the memorial service with all of you in January. We very much liked hearing Heather’s memories of Maria Clara and the Auden poem that you read. I hope that Shelley and I can keep in touch with Hayes Valley/Laguna Grove. You all do very good work.”
— Lewis, Family Member