Poetics of Aging


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AgeSong Senior Communities provide residential care including independent living, assisted living and secure dementia care (memory care) services.

It is the attitude of all who are involved in AgeSong and the approach to care and services that help to inspire and define the AgeSong vision. Our founder Nader Shabahangi, explains “Our vision is to help create a more accepting, loving and caring human being based on the idea of developing the virtues of the elder within all of us.”

Our six Bay Area communities work towards living our vision, daily and celebrating the engagement that happens and gifts we receive when we are open to accepting people for who they are — old, young, independent, frail, forgetful. We all have something to offer each other.


AgeSong Elder Communities

AgeSong Institute is the elder care program of Pacific Institute, a nonprofit educational organization that promotes awareness in the way we understand aging, growing old and the role of eldership. It does so through residential care, counseling education, publications, and research. AgeSong Institute seeks to help change the paradigm for teaching and learning how to care for the elderly through the programs and services it provides at its elder care communities — AgeSong at Hayes Valley and AgeSong at Laguna Grove — from a humanistic, process-oriented perspective.

AgeSong Institute

Pacific Institute is dedicated to teaching health care professionals and lay care partners humanistic, process-oriented models for working with people in need of care and support. We understand that a non-pathologizing, non-judgmental attitude towards people in need of help is as important for care to take place as is skill and expertise.

Pacific Institute

The Existential-Humanistic Institute (EHI) provides a forum, a “home”, for those mental health professionals, scholars, and students who seek in-depth training in existential-humanistic philosophy, practice, and inquiry. The institute’s primary focus is training; offering courses in existential-humanistic therapy, theory and practice.

Existential-Humanistic Institute

ProHealth Home Care, Inc. offers a full spectrum of home health services ranging from nursing assistance with everyday needs to physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech therapy. Simply being in comfortable, familiar surroundings has proven to be one step toward a speedy recovery. ProHealth Home Care is guided by a tradition of personal, clinical, and technological excellence. We are dedicated to providing the highest quality home based patient care with compassion and respect for each person.


Heffernan Insurance Brokers, formed in 1988, is one of the largest insurance agencies in the United States. With offices in California, Oregon, Missouri and New York, we provide comprehensive insurance solutions and financial services to businesses and individuals across the country. With a strong commitment to community, we give a substantial amount to nonprofits in both financial contributions and hands-on work.

Heffernen Insurance Brokers

The Life Planning Network is a community of professionals from diverse disciplines dedicated to helping people navigate the second half of life. We are the leading association supporting professionals who assist people at this life stage. We intend to bring into everyday use proactive and purposeful planning for the second half of life.

Life Planning Network

WindChime is Marin County’s specialized Alzheimer’s and dementia care facility, nestled in a wooded residential area of Kentfield near the College of Marin. The community features an award-winning dining program, landscaped gardens, a dynamic resident-centered activity program and a wonderful, supportive staff specifically trained in all aspects of dementia care. All of WindChime’s programming, activities and dining menus are a reflection of their current residents and their preferences, as their focus is individualized care in a community setting.

WindChime of Marin Memory Care Community

Bella Capelli offers a variety of services including skin care, makeup, nails, hair care and wedding packages. We also provide boutique items including baskets with or without gift certificates for that special person in your life or a last minute gift. The staff at Bella Capelli Salon are highly trained and have advanced education in their fields of expertise. It is our goal to provide you with a comfortable environment while offering a varied selection of services. Our exemplary staff is eager to help you look and feel your best!

Bella Capelli Salon

CURTAIN UP! ENTERTAINING & ENLIGHTENING MUSICAL THEATRE PROGRAMS DESIGNED FOR MATURE AUDIENCES. Musical theatre maven, Bonnie Weiss, offers a series of lively presentations exploring the life/work of musical theatre’s most treasured songwriters and performers. Audiences learn about their fascinating personal and professional lives and view rare video clips of the songwriters themselves, plus unforgettable performances and interviews with the stage and screen legends of yesteryear.

Series include: Broadway’s Legendary Composers; Legendary Lyricists; Dazzling Dames of Broadway; Song & Dance Men of the Silver Screen; Vaudeville/Operetta; Sondheim! and more!

Audiences at retirement communities, Elder Hostels, OLLI, S.F. State, and social, business and educational venues, consistently give these presentations rave reviews.

Curtain Up!

Walnut Creek Hearing Aid Center. Hearing loss has been correlated with cognitive decline, and now with dementia and AD (Lin, et. al., 2011). Unfortunately, there is not a standard for hearing loss correction as there is for vision correction, so hearing aids are sold or delivered with random and commonly poor results (Consumer Reports, 2009).

We have shown that a hearing aid fitting, if engineered to a client’s unique hearing and cognitive profile, results in dramatic improvements in audibility of speech, speech intelligibility in background noise and enhanced cognitive function over time. Thus, improved quality of life and health.


Walnut Creek Hearing Aid Center

Since 1931, Doncaster has set the standard for selling beautiful clothes directly to customers through a network of dedicated consultants. Recognized as the originator of direct sales of high quality apparel, the company remains privately held by its founders, the Tanner family, and still calls the small town of Rutherfordton, North Carolina its corporate headquarters, with the Design and Marketing offices on 5th Ave. in NYC. Three times a year, Doncaster consultants hold private trunk shows, offering customers gorgeous clothing in an intimate setting. Although much as changed, the company’s unyielding dedication to style, quality and service continue to be the driving forces behind its success and unique offerings.



Joie de Vivre Hotels is California’s largest boutique hotel collection. Founded in 1987 in San Francisco by Chip Conley, Joie de Vivre has built a reputation for creating some of the most innovative hospitality services and products and designing one-of-a-kind properties in the U.S. – from boutique hotels to Japanese communal baths to exciting restaurants and lounges. Joie de Vivre’s brand personality has a lot in common with the California lifestyle experience: it’s fresh, inventive, casual, and grass-roots oriented. Given its growth throughout the state, Joie de Vivre Hotels is becoming the hotel brand synonymous with the California travel experience.


Joie de Vivre Hotels