Elders Academy Conversations: Going Beyond the Traditional Funeral and Memorial Service

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Friday, May 23
2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Elders Academy Conversations:
Going Beyond the Traditional Funeral and Memorial Service
AgeSong’s Forget-Me-Not Cafe
601 Hayes Street, SF
(corner of Hayes and Laguna)

Contact: Dr. Sally Gelardin, sallyg@agesong.com

Our approach to remembrance events is evolving. For example, have you ever considered a green burial? Do you know what a home funeral is? Would you like to be at your own memorial before you’re gone? There is a definite comfort in coming together with others to remember someone. People are increasingly planning personalized, creative events at locations that hold special meaning. Truly, the possibilities for a meaningful remembrance event are endless.

Suzette Sherman, Founder of SevenPonds, will present the changes taking place around end-of-life. She will also introduce a sampling of options and considerations for the contemporary thinker looking for a personalized and memorable event.

E Mark Stern Remembered

[Originally published on E-H Institute’s Blog and reprinted here with permission.
Dr E Mark Stern

In Memorium:  Mentor, Friend, “Father” Mark Stern


(Excerpted from eulogy delivered by Kirk Schneider at St. Paul’s of the Apostles Chapel, New York City)


There are so many things I could express about my dear friend, mentor, paternal inspiration, Mark.  I could express to you my sentiments about his complex, beautiful mind that wove complex, beautiful, if wildly wonderful elliptical, prose. His wondrous stories of the early days of psychoanalysis and humanistic psychology—the wild people he and Virginia knew intimately, the life of being awake, alive, adventurous,  of how we were instantly attracted to/appreciative of one another—the bond somewhat enigmatic at first yet quickly realized in each other’s shared skepticism/cynicism about our profession, the world of politics, and the world of Spirit—and yet equally, passionately I could convey our shared wonder, marvel, and indeed awe toward each of those and more, so much more.  I could share with you my admiration of how deeply Mark cared for those whom he loved,  such as his wife Virginia and his family. Continue reading

AgeSong Celebrates Older Americans Month in the Merry Month of May


The national theme for the May 2014 Older Americans Month celebration is Safe Today. Healthy Tomorrow.

AgeSong will celebrate Older Americans Month with the following events:

Friday, May 2. National University Stigma Symposium: Reducing Stigma. Nader Shabahangi, AgeSong Founder and CEO. 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Contace: Psychology Department in the National University College of Letters and Sciences, 858-642-8577, http://www.nu.edu/OurPrograms/CollegeOfLettersAndSciences/Psychology.html.

Monday, May 5, AgeSong Swings into Spring with SF Jazz Monday Night Band. AgeSong at Laguna Grove, 624 Laguna Street, SF. 6 pm to 9 pm. Contact:  sallyg@agesong.com.

Wednesday, May 7. [Re]Defining Age 2014 Annual Conference & Exposition. Monday, May 5 – Wednesday, May 7. “From Assisted Living Back to Living”. Presentation by AgeSong Living. Nader Shabahangi, CEO, President and Founder, Cristina Flores, Chief Program Officer, Janna O’Sullivan, Executive Director, Jim Johnson, Executive Director of Development and Public Relations, AgeSong 1:15 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. ONLINE registration is closed. Registration is onsite only. Contact: Margaret Morneau at 916-469-3371 or mmorneau@aging.org.

Wednesday, May 7, Elders Academy: The Humanistic Approach. Kyrie Cox, AgeSong Gerowellness Intern. 2:00 pm to 2:30 pm. AgeSong’s Forget-Me-Not Cafe, 601 Hayes Street. Contact:  sallyg@agesong.com.

Wednesday, May 14, Elders Academy: Elders in Society. Nader Shabahangi, AgeSong Founder & CEO, 2:00 pm to 2:30 pm. AgeSong’s Forget-Me-Not Cafe, 601 Hayes Street. Contact:  sallyg@agesong.com.

Saturday, May 17, 2014, Stanford University Alumni Association Walk and Picnic with AgeSong Community. 10:30 am to 1:30 pm. Donna Booher, Coordinator. If you are a Stanford alum and would like to volunteer for this project, you can go to http://alu.ms/1giqem8 to register. This volunteer opportunity is limited to alumni only.

Wednesday, May 21, Elders Academy: Creating Therapeutic Environments. Vincent Sienkiewicz, AgeSong Gerowellness Intern. 2:00 pm to 2:30 pm. AgeSong’s Forget-Me-Not Cafe, 601 Hayes Street. Contact:  sallyg@agesong.com.

Friday, May 23, 2014, “What Would You Like Them To Do with You After You’re Gone?” Suzette Sherman, Founder of Seven Ponds, Embracing the End-of-Life Experience. 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm. AgeSong’s Forget-Me-Not Cafe, 601 Hayes Street. Contact:  sallyg@agesong.com. For more information, view: View: http://www.sevenponds.com.

Wednesday, May 28, Wednesday, Elders Academy: Mindfulness Practice. Zen Center. 2:00 pm to 2:30 pm. AgeSong’s Forget-Me-Not Cafe, 601 Hayes Street. Contact:  sallyg@agesong.com.

Saturday, May 31, 2014, Generations Jazz Quartet, John Frank and Noah Frank, AgeSong’s Forget-Me-Not Cafe, 601 Hayes Street, 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm. Contact:  sallyg@agesong.com.

History of Older American’s Month

Older Americans Month is an annual event dating back to 1963, when President John F. Kennedy designated May as Senior Citizens Month. It was later renamed Older Americans Month, honoring older Americans and celebrating their contributions to our communities and our nation.

The federal Administration for Community Living provides logos, posters, and sample articles and proclamations for organizations that celebrate Older Americans Month. For more information, click here.

The Older Americans Month webpage provides theme-based ideas that will be posted in the near future. In the meantime, following are some ways you can get involved!

Members of the AgeSong community will tell how they share their power and life lessons. Guests are welcome to share how they might be passing down what they’ve learned and experienced.

City officials are welcome to “meet and greet” their constituents – the largest bloc of voters by age group!

Facts about Older Americans Month

The month of May is dedicated to seniors starting as Senior Citizen’s Month in 1963 by President John F. Kennedy. At that time, only 17 million Americans reached their 65th birthdays. Today 35 million Americans are age 65 or older.

In 1980 President Jimmy Carter changed the name from “Senior Citizens” to “Older Americans Month”.

Older Americans Month is a time to acknowledge the contributions of past and current older persons to our nation.

Older Americans Month is celebrated across the country through ceremonies, events, fairs and other such activities.


Older Americans Month: A Fantastic Marketing Opportunity
Posted on May 6, 2013 by Pam McDonald

Older Americans Month 2014 How will you celebrate? Seattle King County 2014 Celebration, http://www.agingkingcounty.org/olderamericansmonth/