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Introduction to Elders Academy: Eldership Education for the Second Half of Life
Friday, Feb. 22 | 4:00 PM- 6:00 PM

Presenter: Nader Shabahangi AgeSong Founder & CEO

Forget-Me-Not Cafe
602 Hayes Street
San Francisco, CA 94102
Nader will introduce a new educational idea: teaching eldership to those who desire to grow into the role of the elder.

Elders Academy prepares us through education for the second half of life. Whereas societies have found ways to initiate us for the demands of our first half of life through educating us for adulthood and middle adulthood, we are often less prepared to face the second half of life. Here concepts such as retirement and golden years present a limited idea of the potential contained in our second half. Elders Academy re-establishes a truly important role which has been lost in the last few centuries of our industrialization: the role of the elder.

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Toward a Poetics of Aging: A Different Understanding of Life
PCBC 50+ HOUSING FORUM: Moscone Center, San Francisco
Thursday, June 28 | 2:30PM – 3:30PM

As a culture and people we are ready to move beyond the nonsensical notion that the later and last years are declining years – years that are supposedly less valuable than those before. Too often, the “decline-metaphor” has permeated our culture; often visible to us, at other times entering our awareness in more subtle ways.

Dr. Nader Shabahangi offers a new, more complex and rich understanding of life and aging – a radical departure from the dominant paradigm that life is “fulfilled” the prime of life, at the highpoint of a career, or at the peak of one’s power. The Poetics of Aging recognizes that the poem called “life’s poem” finds its final stanza, its completion, only at the very end of life. Aging understood as such is an active process of becoming, learning and growing. We do not get old but grow old. Eldership is the apex of a lifetime of learning and experiencing, of struggle and concern, of being courageous and creative.

This fascinating session will move beyond the superficial, surface layers of what we perceive of “older consumers,” offering a more comprehensive view of aging and refreshing, new perspectives on community development and operations.



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