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Age Song | April 23 2009 | Pat Harden / Kim Kellogg 510-635-4190
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
As Congress and the Obama administration work to transform healthcare, AgeSong, an innovative California company is leading the way to transforming care for elders with dementia and Alzheimer’s.
Expert Source Available As Media Resource: Stanford-educated founder and CEO of Age Song, Nader Shabahangi, PhD, is a visionary teacher, leader and author who has successfully turned the conventional “medical model” of senior care on its head. AgeSong, the group of assisted living communities he created in San Francisco, provides a holistic model of care for elders who need high acuity assisted living or dementia care. AgeSong communities support elder’s physical, emotional and spiritual needs, with an array of programs that affirm their dignity and wisdom.
From community tea shops to film festivals, feng shui décor and organic gardens, Dr. Shabahangi and his team are revolutionizing the current model of care for aging adults through this expanding group of residential communities in Northern California. The 2006 winner of The American Society on Aging’s Award for Excellence in the Field of Aging, AgeSong is an organization at the forefront of the national trend in revising the perception and treatment of elders in our society.
Among the topics Dr. Shabahangi and his team can address are:
Who’s Afraid of Alzheimer’s? The positive lessons that medical professionals, caregivers and families can learn from Alzheimer’s patients.
Care Beyond Medicine: Non-medical Models for Eldercare: Insights on innovative approaches to care that focus on the psychological and spiritual dimension of aging;
The role of counseling, therapy and creativity in addressing the special needs of elders with Alzheimer’s; How professional caregivers and clinicians can interpret behaviors of Alzheimer’s/dementia residents and create solutions that do not solely rely on drugs or restraints.
New Methods of Teaching the Next Generation of Mental Health Professionals: Innovative program with pre and post doctoral gero-psychiatric interns from universities in the US and Europe demonstrate a new model for teaching new ways to care for those with dementia; AgeSong’s affiliations with UC Berkeley, JFK University and the Sorbonne, among others, are part of this visionary approach.
Assisted Living Opens C-level Opportunities for Women: Women have found that the C-Suite has opened up to them at assisted living senior communities. They are filling roles as CEOs and COOs, focusing largely on the strategic and transactional side of this business. Paula Hertel, COO of Age Song, is managing the development, construction and staffing of the company’s fourth senior community in the Bay Area and can provide insight and information on this topic.
From the Ground Up–A Spiraling Aging Population Fuels the Demand for Elder Housing and Services: How to come up with a thoughtful plan? How to merge therapeutic approaches from East/West cultures to incorporate design elements that provide optimal environments where elders can thrive? How to use feng-shui, meditation, creative arts, the Kneipp approach to wellness and contemporary psychotherapy and counseling to create positive, life-enhancing environments for its residents?