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Healthy Aging and the Power of Laughter: At Home with Growing Old (Berkeley)

Do you remember the all encompassing giggles and laughs of your youth? When did you last laugh like this? Laughing seems like something we do automatically, but as we age, we often "forget" to laugh or lose opportunities for laughter.  It turns out it isn't hard to do anywhere, anytime and connects us we who we are at any age.

Liz Nichols has worked with seniors for many years and helps them to look at their bodies in positive ways. She teaches Laughter Yoga and will talk about how this specific ‘breed’ of yoga that is about playfulness as much as the practice of breathing, brings out the YoYo (youngoldyoungold) in her clients and lifts their general well being. Liz is the former Storytelling Director of Stagebridge Senior Theater and a co-leader of the Oakland Lifefire Laughter Yoga Club

( This is an At Home With Growing Old (AHWGO) event, not focused on cohousing or community, although I think they have many lessons for us Aging in Community-- Raines )

Please note that this is the last event for AHWGO's 5th season. The group will continue on September 18 after a summer break with an exciting array of topics and top notch speakers. Stay tuned for news as continue to grow AWHGO into a resource that inspires multi-disciplinary solutions through concrete projects, reaches more professionals through education, advocates for “age friendly” environments that are inter-generational and guides individuals in their choices.

Best, Donna Schempp and Susi Stadler

At Home With Growing Old. A Design Initiative Starting At A Grass Roots Level.

AHWGO was started in 2009 in the San Francisco Bay Area by Susanne Stadler,an architect, and Natasha Boissier, a social worker, with the goal to promote an interdisciplinary dialogue among experts, thinkers, activists and designers on the topic of aging with the goal to aggregate the know how about aging and foster solutions that start from a multidisciplinary understanding of aging.

AHWGO is currently developing its professional education program and building concrete demonstration projects through consulting services that harness the creative energy and know how of its multidisciplinary community.

The co-organizer of the group is Donna Schempp, the former  Program Director of Family Caregiver Alliances in San Francisco.

Member of the Steering Committee are Susanne Stadler, Architect and Social Entrepreneur, Donna Schempp, LCSW, Geriatric Care Manager and Educator,Tasneem Babul Rayani, Industrial and Envirionmental Care Designer, Andrea Moss, Libarian and Leader of the Legacy Project.

Members of the Advisory Committe are Gloria Feldman, M.C. MFT, Elisabeth MacLeodLCSW, Catherine Spensley, MSW, Director of the Senior Division at Family Service Agency, Gretchen Addi, Co-Director, IDEO, San Francisco.

AHWGO meets once a month in the San Francisco Bay Area. If you are interested in participating either physically or via the net send us an email to [masked]. We welcome comments, articles, ideas and inspirations, from profiles of people in their second stage of life to policy initiatives on city and national levels that will impact and inspire how people experience aging.



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  • Raines C.

    Hey, folks, what happened? Everybody who RSVPd here was a no-show, although we had a great time with those who came via other lists.

    June 23, 2014

  • Debi

    Kudos to you for starting such a worthwhile endeavor. I look forward to a session of laughter.

    June 4, 2014

    • Raines C.

      I'll pass that on to the organizers, Debi. see you thursday.

      June 17, 2014

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  • Raines C. +9
    Audacious Aging co-author and Cohousing Coach, Co-Organizer,
    Event Host

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