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  • Fri

    Creating A New Old San Francisco

    9:00 amSan Francisco

    Creating a new old San Francisco

    We live long, let’s start living well.

    Creating A New Old San Francisco - a one day deep dive into contemporary aging- was held in the Contemporary Jewish Museum in February 2018.

    An inspiring celebration of the potential of us, the aging population.

    We investigated, spoke to, sang about, danced to what is unique about aging today. Who are the innovators creating tomorrow’s solutions?
    Living longer is changing the way we live, where we live, and how we care for our aging selves and our beloveds. Older populations include the wealthiest and most fragile in society. Change is crossing sectors from finance to transport, tech to fashion, housing to healthcare.

    Creative approaches are rewriting the traditions of ageing, providing vision, connecting institutions and communities, nurturing wellbeing.

    People came to see where we might all be going on this one great big adventure on February 9th 2018.

    This event was free but spaces were very limited and attendees had to register to guarantee a place.  In the end, we booked out a month before the event took place.

    This event was inspired and supported by the Global Brain Health Institute, The Alzheimers Association, Creative Aging San Francisco, Ruth’s Table, Aroha Philanthropies and The Arts Council of Ireland.

    Coverage of the day included the following article from Next Avenue:

    Next Avenue article on Creating A New Old


    Talks on the day included:

    Bruce Miller - Global Brain Health Institute and Director of the Memory Aging Center at UCSF  CLICK HERE TO SEE VIDEO

    Gretchen Addi – Consultant and Designer-in-Residence Aging 2.0  CLICK HERE TO SEE VIDEO

    Carroll Estes & Nicolas di Carlo - UCSF  CLICK HERE TO SEE VIDEO

    Susan Hoffmann - Director, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UC Berkeley  CLICK HERE TO SEE VIDEO


    Full Speaker Line Up:

    Gretchen Addi – Consultant and Designer-in-Residence Aging 2.0

    Gretchen Addi is currently a consultant and designer-in-residence at Aging2.0. She was previously an Associate Partner and business lead for IDEO in the Bay Area for 17 years. She held various leadership roles at IDEO and led their efforts to build a domain of work in the Aging space as well as providing mentorship and guidance to the Design Research discipline.

    She is passionate about the power of empathy and design, and the people who make it happen as well as speaking and writing on the needs of the aging population. She brings a strong strategic point of view to all of her work, both from a brand and service perspective.

    Gretchen is also a board member for SF Village and At Home With Growing Older.


    Gavin Barlow - CEO/Artistic Director, The Albany and Co-Chair, Future Arts Centres

    Gavin has overseen the Albany’s transformation into a significant London arts venue and successful social enterprise over the last fourteen years. The Albany has 26 resident organisations, leads the national Family Arts Campaign, and is home to the award-winning programme for isolated older people, Meet Me at the Albany. It also manages and programmes two sister venues: the Deptford Lounge, a new cultural and community space with a library; and Canada Water Theatre. Gavin was formerly Executive Director at Contact Manchester, Executive Producer of ATC, and founder Director of the Queer Up North Festival. He Co-chairs Future Arts Centres, a network with over 100 venue members across the UK.


    Anne Basting – Professor of Theatre, University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, Founder, CEO of TimeSlips Creative Storytelling

    Anne Basting (Ph.D.) is Professor of Theatre at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee. Her work focuses on the potential for the arts and humanities to improve our quality of life as communities and individuals. For over 20 years, Basting has developed and researched methods for embedding the arts into long-term care, with a particular focus on people with cognitive disabilities like dementia. Basting is author of numerous articles and three books, Forget Memory: Creating better lives for people with dementia (2009) and The Stages of Age: Performing Age in Contemporary American Culture. Named a 2016 MacArthur Fellow,Basting is also the recipient of a Rockefeller Fellowship, a Brookdale National Fellowship, and numerous major grants, including the MAP Fund and NEA Artworks. She is author and/or producer of nearly a dozen plays and public performances, including Slightly Bigger Women (2015) and Finding Penelope (2011), a play inspired by a year of intergenerational conversations about the myth of Penelope from Homer’s Odyssey, and professionally staged at a long term care facility. Her latest book —The Penelope Project: An Arts-based Odyssey to Change Elder-care (University of Iowa Press, 2016) co-edited with Maureen Towey and Ellie Rose — tells the story of that remarkable collaboration.


    Teresa Bonner, Executive Director, Aroha Philanthropies

    Teresa brings more than twenty-five years of professional experience in philanthropy, foundation and nonprofit leadership to her role as Program Director for Aroha Philanthropies’ Vitality + Arts (55+ Arts) Program.

    She previously served as director of the U.S. Bancorp Foundation, where she managed $20 million in Foundation grantmaking annually and led the company’s community relations activities; the Piper Jaffray Foundation; and two nonprofit organizations, Milkweed Editions and the Library Foundation of Hennepin County. Arts and cultural programs have long been a major focus of her professional experience and a personal passion.

    In collaboration with the Family Office Association, Teresa developed its first-ever survey of FOA members on the impact of their philanthropy and authored a white paper on the topic in 2013. Teresa served on the Council on Foundations’ 2013 Family Philanthropy Conference Task Force and the Minnesota Council on Foundations’ 2011 Family Philanthropy Symposium Planning Committee, and is a frequent speaker on philanthropy. She is a principal in Family Philanthropy Advisors, with offices in Minneapolis and the Bay Area.

    Teresa graduated magna cum laude from the University of North Dakota with a degree in journalism. After completing Law School at the University of Minnesota, she clerked for the Hon. Gerald Heaney of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit and was a partner at the Minneapolis law firm of Lindquist and Vennum before moving to the nonprofit sector.


    Jerry W. Brown, CASPF – Chief Executive Officer, Bethany Center Senior Housing, Inc.

    Jerry W. Brown, CASPF, is Chief Executive Officer of Bethany Center Senior Housing, Inc. in San Francisco, California. Mr. Brown has held this position for over thirty years. Bethany Center serves low-income seniors and younger disabled adults through HUD subsidized housing with supportive services allowing them to age in place and avoid premature institutionalization. Bethany Center has won state and national recognition for its service model. Mr. Brown is an active member of Leading Age California and has received their highest accolade, “The Award of Honor 2016” for his work. He speaks regularly at state, national, and international conferences on housing with supportive services. Under his leadership, he founded the Bethany Center Foundation of San Francisco that supports “Ruth’s Table” a creative learning outreach program.


    Dominic Campbell – Creative Aging International

    Dominic Campbell is co-founder of Creative Aging International currently producing “Creating A New Old San Francisco” in the Contemporary Jewish Museum and Headspace2018 in Trinity College Dublin, which respond to ageing at scale by connecting the research and innovation of artists, scientists and strategists.

    Previously he directed the Bealtaine Festival, the world’s first nationwide arts festival celebrating creativity and ageing, was Artistic Director of Ireland’s St Patrick’s Festival raising its global profile. Currently an inaugural Atlantic Fellow for Equity and Brain Health at the Global Brain Health Institute, he promotes celebration as integral to transformational social strategies.


    Tim Carpenter – CEO/Founder, EngAGE

    Tim Carpenter is CEO/Founder of EngAGE and Host/Producer of the EXPERIENCE TALKS radio show. EngAGE changes lives by transforming affordable senior and multigenerational housing communities into vibrant centers of learning, wellness and creativity. EngAGE provides life-enhancing arts, wellness, lifelong learning, community building and intergenerational programs and events to thousands of seniors and hundreds of families living in California, Oregon and Minnesota. Tim is an Ashoka Fellow, a James Irvine Foundation Leadership Award recipient, a Stanton Fellow, and was named one of Next Avenue’s 2016 Influencers in Aging.


    Jenn Chan, CSA - Founder/CEO, Senior Shower Project

    Jenn Chan is the Founder of Senior Shower Project, a startup with a mission to celebrate family caregivers of older adults with a party. Jenn designs caregiver appreciation cards and curates caregiver gift boxes. With a passion for caregiver well-being, Jenn volunteers as a co-facilitator of a LGBTQ dementia caregiver support group, a program co-sponsored by OpenHouse and Alzheimer's Association.


    William Cleveland - Director, Center for the Study of Art and Community

    Bill is a pioneer in the cultural community development movement and one of its most poetic documenters. His books Art in Other Places and Making Exact Change and Art and Upheaval, are considered seminal works in the field. Organizer, teacher, researcher, and musician, he also directs the Center for the Study of Art and Community. The Center works to integrate the arts and community life, focusing on, the development of cultural partnerships, and training for artists, and their community, and business partners. Bill has also led the Walker Art Center's Education. Department. California's Arts-In-Corrections Program, and the California State Summer School for the Arts. His most recent book Between Grace and Fear: The Role of the Arts in a Time of Change written with Patricia Shifferd was published in 2012. His CD, SongLines, based, in part, on stories from Art and Upheaval, was released in 2014.


    CMC Solera Singers of Mission Neighborhood Center

    CMC’s Older Adult Choir Program partners with the Department of Aging and Adult Services (DAAS) and 12 senior centers throughout San Francisco.  CMC developed our Older Adult Choir Program to provide the many personal, social, artistic and quality of life benefits that musical activity can bring to older adults. The tuition-free choirs are designed specifically for older adults (ages 55 and above). The program has grown as choirs have cycled out of the Community of Voices research study led by University of California San Francisco (UCSF) in partnership with CMC and DAAS.

    CMC Solera Singers of Mission Neighborhood Center

    This choir for older adults is a collaboration between Community Music Center and the Mission Neighborhood Center. The choir sings songs in Spanish from Latin America and the class is taught bilingually in Spanish and English. Choir members practice, sing, help organize performances, and perform in the community.


    Cathy Davis – Executive Director, BHPMSS

    Cathy Davis came to Bayview Hunters Point Multipurpose Senior Services in 1978 after assisting seniors as a VISTA volunteer in Decatur, Illinois for two years. She worked with the agency’s executive director, Dr. George W. Davis, for the next 32 years, serving as deputy director, adult day health director and now as its executive director.

    Mrs. Davis assisted in the development of the senior center and then became the director of the adult day health center in 1984.   She was responsible for the creation of the adult day health center and served as its director until March 2010, when Dr. Davis passed away.   The adult day health center has a reputation for quality and compassionate services. It’s culturally based programming provides comfort and social support for the primarily low income African American seniors who have relied on the center for the past twenty-six years.

    In recent years she has expanded the agency's focus on housing, increased case management and supported senior services in Western Addition. Through all the challenges and opportunities, Mrs. Davis has been a steadfast advocate for seniors. Every new program at the agency has been supported by her organizational skills and leadership. She has written most of the major funding proposals to support these programs. She has also led the agency’s major fundraising events, including Black Cuisine and the Tribute to the Clergy.

    Cathy Davis is tireless and dedicated to continuing the legacy started by Dr. George W. Davis.

    Mrs. Davis has been instrumental in the negotiations for creating 121 units of housing and a new senior center at 1751 Carroll, a part of Dr. Davis's dream for an Aging Campus designed for seniors to age in place in the community. Construction on this project began in April 2014 with completion in April 2016.. She is uniquely qualified to lead the effort to bring this project into fruition.

    Mrs. Davis credits her family, friends, community, agency board and staff for providing a strong support system that enables her to do what she does.


    Kate de Medeiros PhD - Associate Professor of Gerontology

    Kate's work broadly focuses on how experiences in later life are made known through stories, big and small. Her research studies have examined the meaning of place and living alone; friendships among people living with dementia; suffering, flourishing and precarity; and language "play" in the participatory arts.


    Kelly Dearman - Executive Director, San Francisco In Home Supportive Services Public Authority

    As the executive director of the San Francisco In Home Supportive Services Public Authority for the past three years, Kelly Dearman promotes a service delivery model of consumer-directed, in-home support that increases the potential for seniors and people with disabilities to live independently and participate in their communities.

    In addition to her role at the Public Authority, she is currently the co-chair of the SF Aging and Disability Task Force, a member of the Long Term Care Coordinating Council, the Palliative Care Work Group, and the In Home Supportive Services Task Force. On a state level she serves as the Northern Region Vice President of the California Association of Public Authorities.

    She received her BA from UC Berkeley, JD from Hastings College of the Law, and MA in political science from Rutgers University.


    Penelope Douglas - Co founder and Director, CultureBank@ YBCA

    Penelope has spent the last 25 years in community investment and impact investment, working as a social entrepreneur.

    Most recently, she is co founder and Director of CultureBank.

    The vision of CutureBank is that asset development is core to a new model for investment in communities.   CultureBank is founded on the belief that artists and their enterprises are key agents to illuminating and developing hidden cultural and community assets. CultureBank has been incubated at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco.


    Carroll Estes & Nicolas di Carlo

    Nicholas R. DiCarlo, MSW, is Research Analyst at the Institute for Health & Aging at the University of California, San Francisco.

    Carroll L. Estes, PhD, is Professor and Founding Director Emeritus of the Institute for Health & Aging at the University of California, San Francisco.



    Greacian Goeke

    GREACIAN GOEKE has been inciting the creativity of older adults and younger collaborators since 1990, at Institute on Aging, Center for Elders Independence, Mills College, Albany Senior Center, Stagebridge, and many others. In 2008 she founded the exuberant Impromptu No Tutu elder ensemble to show the world what dance in later life can be. She is a certified Orff Schulwerk music and movement educator and t’ai Chi practitioner. B.A., Cornell University; M.F.A., Performance, California College of the Arts. She also collaborates with USF Dance Generators


    Kate Hoepke – Executive Director of San Francisco Village (SFV)

    Kate Hoepke is the Executive Director of San Francisco Village (SFV), a non-profit, membership organization whose mission is to help San Franciscans navigate the transitions of aging. We partner with our members to connect them with the community, programming and expertise they need to live lives of purpose and meaning. SFV is one of 300 villages nationwide and 60 across California. Kate is chairing the launch of Village Movement CA, a statewide coalition that goes live in spring 2018. She has a BA and MBA from San Francisco State University.


    Susan Hoffmann – Director, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UC Berkeley

    Hoffman’s expertise is in creating interdisciplinary and innovative ventures that are based on constituent engagement as well as scientific and market research. She founded the Osher Lifelong Learning Institutes at SF State and UC Berkeley and was a part of the founding staff that launched CSU-Monterey Bay. Trained to be a director at the American Film Institute (AFI), her short films have been exhibited in such places as the Walker Art Center and the Mill Valley Film Festival.


    Rachel Allen Lovett - Thriving in Place & Re:Imagine | End of Life

    Rachel Lovett is the interim Executive Director of Thriving in Place, supporting in-home supportive services for low-income seniors and people with disabilities, and the Community Outreach and Event Design Project Manager representing San Francisco via the Palliative Care Work Group and the Department of Aging and Adult Services for Re:Imagine | End of Life 2018, a week-long, City-wide event exploring death and celebrating life.  Rachel has over 25 years of for- and non-profit experience in marketing, communications, fundraising and strategic planning.


    Angie McAllister -  Director of Cultural Transformation-Hometown

    Angie has served Elders living in long term care communities since 1995 when she entered the industry as a nursing assistant. During the past 23 years she has worked in many roles including most currently as Director of Cultural Transformation at Signature HealthCare-Hometown.  Over the past five years, Angie has worked with a team of individuals to create and sustain organizational change to improve the well-being of Elders living within the organization.


    Jessica McCracken – Vice President, Programming and Development , Ruth’s Table, Bethany Center Foundation

    Jessica McCracken, is a highly skilled educator and program administrator who demonstrates a passion for the arts and a strong commitment to engaging others in its process. She is Vice President of Programming and Development for Ruth’s Table, a creative learning center in San Francisco’s Mission District. Jessica previously worked with Institute on Aging holding positions with both the Center for Elders and Youth in the Arts and the Social Adult Day Program where she was Director. She holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from SFSU where she emphasized in Nonprofit Arts Management. Jessica is the founding member and Artistic Director of Trash Mash-Up, a community based eco-arts program. Jessica also co-founded Creative Aging San Francisco, a collective of individuals passionate about the creative arts and its power to foster healthy aging and a vibrant San Francisco Bay Area.


    Bruce Miller – Director, Memory and Aging Center UC San Francisco

    Dr. Miller holds the A.W. and Mary Margaret Clausen Distinguished Professorship in Neurology at UC San Francisco where he directs the Memory and Aging Center. He is a behavioral neurologist whose work in neurodegenerative conditions emphasizes brain-behavior relationships and the genetic and molecular underpinnings of disease. He is the principal investigator of the NIH-sponsored Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center and program project on frontotemporal dementia. Additionally, he helps lead the Tau Consortium, Consortium for Frontotemporal Research and Global Brain Health Institute. He was awarded the Potamkin Award from the American Academy of Neurology and elected to the National Academy of Medicine


    Maura O’Malley – CEO/Co-Founder, Lifetime Arts
    Ed Friedman – Executive Director/Co-Founder, Lifetime Arts

    Lifetime Arts was established in 2008 by Ed Friedman and Maura O’Malley, two veteran arts administrators with extensive experience in in both the arts and aging fields. Convinced that there was a need for a professional organization to support meaningful arts programming for older adults, they launched Lifetime Arts. In the ensuing years, Lifetime Arts has emerged as the acknowledged leader in library based creative aging programs and has gained national recognition as a major contributor to the development of creative aging policies, best practices, artists training resources, technical assistance, and advocacy.


    Arti Prashar - Artistic Director/CEO, Spare Tyre
    Arti has been Spare Tyre's Artistic Director/CEO since 2006. She is a Winston Churchill Fellow 2013 researching spirituality, dementia and ageing, a Fellow of the RSA, and a Fellow at the Centre of Contemporary Theatre at Birkbeck University.
    Under Arti’s leadership and vision, Spare Tyre has developed its inclusive creative practice championing diverse voices: women who have experienced violence, adults with learning disabilities and older people living with dementia. She has a strong  commitment to collaborative participatory art, nurturing the creative impulse that leads to personal and political fulfilment.


    Doniece Sandoval - Founder/CEO, Lava Mae

    Driven by a fierce belief that everyone has the right to be clean, Doniece created Lava Mae after learning about the appalling lack of showers and toilets available to people experiencing homelessness. Her work has created a ripple effect, touching the lives of 10,000 Californians and inspiring dozens of programs around the globe.

    Doniece credits her work in the arts and private sector for shaping her innovative thinking. Her career began as a Legislative Research Analyst in Texas after she received her BA from UT Austin. A 2017 CNN Hero and 2016 KIND People Award recipient, she is most proud of the moniker given to her by her 10-year old daughter who calls her a Homeless Superhero.


    Karyn Skultety, PhD, Executive Director of Openhouse

    Dr. Karyn Skultety is the Executive Director of Openhouse, a non-profit that provides housing, services and community engagement for older LGBTQ individuals. Karyn has a doctoral degree in clinical psychology with a specialization in geriatrics. She has dedicated her career to providing clinical care, research, education and advocacy for aging people, particularly those facing inequalities in our communities. She believes older LGBTQ people are central to strong communities and social justice.


    Annabel Turpin – Chief Executive & Artistic Director, ARC Stockton

    Co-chair, Future Arts Centres

    Chief Executive of ARC in Stockton on Tees, one of North East England's largest arts venues. Annabel has produced and toured work nationally with a range of artists, and leads a number of venue networks and initiatives, including as co-chair of Future Arts Centres, a UK network championing arts centres. As a freelance consultant, she has undertaken work around organisational development for a range of clients, including companies, venues and local authorities, at both executive and board level.



    VARIETY PACK!  is a collection of intrepid people from all walks of life, between the ages of 50 and 90 who come together to make music with their voices.  Retired,  re-invented, or forever working, many have never sung before, but want to tap into their creative side, shake loose, do something different.  We learn choral skills, share challenges, give each other ideas and support, and dedicate our growing older time to new adventures in making and giving away beauty in song.  Today’s  a cappella choral offering is a mixture of world traditional music, American pop and Shape Note harmony.  We hope you enjoy it.  Our Artistic Director, Lauren Carley can be reached at and seen at and on facebook: Joy of Singing.


    Adam Waskow - Founder, Memory Dog inc.

    Adam Waskow has spent the last 25 years working with service dogs and people in need. Starting his work at Guide Dogs for the Blind in 1991 and board certified as a licensed Guide Dog Mobility Instructor in 1993, he was a prominent force in the organization’s development and direction.  Holding several key leadership positions throughout his tenure, he helped to design innovative solutions for the client and dog teams during their most crucial periods of development, as well as improving staff morale and physical health through comprehensive wellness initiatives.  In 2014 he founded Memory Dog Inc., a nonprofit organization dedicated to exploring the use of highly trained dogs for people with neurologic degenerative diseases. Adam is a Senior Atlantic Fellow at the Global Brain Health Institute, UCSF Memory and Aging Center.