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 approaches each aspect of care as an opportunity to interact. AgeSong celebrates the individual and focuses on community living within a learning environment.
Part of the AgeSong vision is to shift mainstream view of aging from a liability to a resource, and to reestablish the role of eldership in society. Each life is seen in its entirety, and each phase of life builds on those before. The various programs AgeSong has to offer include the flexibility to take the individual’s preferences into account to provide personalized care.
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.
Nourishing the physical body with wholesome food options is a critical element of our overall health. Meals are prepared with love, care, and a passion for good taste.
Physical and mental activities are an integral part of living a balanced lifestyle. Each community has a robust engagement and activities calendar to foster the mind, body, and spirit of the elders in the community. Visit each community’s page to see the month’s Activities Calendar: AgeSong Communities.
To encourage constant learning we have also incorporated the following into our day-to-day life within the AgeSong communities.
Gerowellness Program interns (Pre-and Post-docs, MFTs, and Integrated Arts students) are matched with individual residents to support the psycho-social development of each elder. With the support of medical doctors, psychiatrists, and interns, the root causes of physical, psychological or environmental “bad behavior” are uncovered and addressed. For additional information, please contact Alyssa Steiger, Clinical Director, Pacific Institute at ASteiger@agesong.com or visit the Gerowellness Program page.
In the AgeSong International Visitors Program the visitors join AgeSong residents in group activities, attend training sessions, and become companions for elders when they go on outings. For elders, the program offers a rewarding opportunity to experience new cultures, languages and philosophies. For more info, please contact Nader Shabahangi, at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit AgeSong’s International Program website.
AgeSong’s approach to volunteering is unique. Instead of approaching care as caregivers, AgeSong approaches care as a partner who learns from elders. Volunteers are able to deepen who they are, learning about aging and living in the moment. AgeSong also offers the opportunity to complete an Elders Academy Certificate whose requirements include attending 24 free training sessions, volunteering 50 hrs at an Agesong community within 6 months, and attending 12 hrs of presentations sponsored by AgeSong and Pacific Institute. For more info, please contact Steven Mattingly, Executive Director at AgeSong WoodPark, at Woodpark_ED@agesong.com.
AgeSong has initiated The Guru Project to further investigate the meaning of changes in elders experiencing forgetfulness (often stigmatized as Alzheimers/dementia.) This initiative focuses on comprehensive care partnerships with elders to understand need-driven behaviors and minimize risky use of psychotropic medications. Partners in the Guru Project are; Psychiatrist and Pacific Institute board member Dr. Richard Patel, Geriatrician Dr. Allen Power, and AgeSong’s founder Dr. Nader Shabahangi. Find out more about Pacific Insitute’s newest program by reading articles on AgeSong Today about The Guru Project and by viewing videos from recent Guru Project presentations.