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UC Berkeley Engaging Aging  e-­‐Newsletter


June 2011


Editor’s comments: Dear Subscribers, Welcome to the June Engaging Aging e-newsletter-- our last newsletter before the summer hiatus!

Please note: If for some reason a link does not work, copy and paste the address into your

browser. Also, a reminder, if you are interested in posting and/or receiving jobs in aging announcements, please read the details at the end of this newsletter.

As always, thanks to all who donate to us! Your support is essential for continuation of our e-newsletter (slated to resume fall semester) and Jobs in Aging Board.

Best to all, and have a great summer! Jill Israel, RN, Editor Coeditor/Contributor: Desi Owens, MS, MSW, LCSW, Campus Planner & Academic Coordinator Contributor: Guy Micco, MD, Director, Center on Aging


Website for Center Updates: Please remember to visit our website for updates: http://ist-socrates.berkeley.edu/~aging/ A reminder regarding our newsletter publications– there will once again be a summer hiatus; our staff will reevaluate how we might be able to continue this resource (in the wake of unprecedented budget cuts) beginning fall semester, 2011.

The Poetics of Aging: Towards a New Understanding of the Many Verses in Life: Our UCB Center on Aging is pleased to collaborate with AgeSong Institute, among other university programs and agencies, to bring you this exciting conference. The mission is to counter the mainstream understanding of aging as decline and/or disease with a more expansive, humanistic, and creative - that is poetic - vision and approach. Together we shall create a climate where people exchange information and partake in


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creative expressions, while providing room for self-study and discovery. Dates: November 16 - 19, 2011. For more information and updates, please visit: http:// poeticsofaging.org/ Contact information: http://poeticsofaging.org/contact.php

Reminder: UC Berkeley Students! Our Center on Aging will be offering the course, Readers’ Theater: On Aging and Old Age, in fall 2011. The lead instructor is Guy Micco, MD, and the co-instructor is Linda Spector-Hatofsky, playwright and co- founder of Stagebridge Senior Theater Company (http://www.stagebridge.org/). For more information (i.e., a link to last year’s syllabus) please visit this webpage and click on “Readers’ Theater”: http://socrates.berkeley.edu/~aging/centeractv.html. This course is geared for graduate students from all health-related disciplines, though upper-division undergraduate students may be admitted with Professor Micco’s consent. If interested, contact Guy Micco at: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ; a course entry code is required. This is a unique offering and experience within an interdisciplinary and intergenerational milieu!

Our Center’s CA Jobs in Aging Board: Reminder About How to Post and/or Receive Job Announcements

You will find a link to our Jobs in Aging Board on our Center’s homepage: http:// socrates.berkeley.edu/~aging/. Once you have arrived at the Jobs Board site, please read the introduction at the beginning of the page. As always, we’re very pleased to offer this informational service to our subscribers! Note: it is important that you remain a subscriber/subscribe to our jobs in aging listserv to receive key updates regarding the Jobs Board. Please remember that your donations will help sustain this informational service. We are asking that you post your own positions—instructions are at the end of the newsletter. (Jobs will remain on the board for approximately one month unless you request an extension.) IF you wish to receive daily updates on job postings, please scroll to the end of the jobs board page and sign up! You will notice an option called “get job updates”; to activate this feature, you will need to enter your email address. If you need additional information, email Desi Owens at: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

On-Line Donation Option to support Center activities: http://socrates.berkeley.edu/ ~aging/support.html Additional donation-related information is at the end of this newsletter.


Client Centered Therapy: How Does It Relate to What We Do as Practitioners and What Can We Do To Empower Our Client to Assure They Receive It?


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By Kate Hayner, EdD, OTR/L, Associate Professor and Chair, Occupational Therapy Department, Samuel Merritt University

When one hears the term “client centered” therapy or approach, it is easy to assume the focus of therapy is on the client. But isn’t all therapy centered on the client? Client centered therapy has been discussed in the literature under a number of disciplines including medicine, psychology, and rehabilitative therapy and as simple as it is, the power of what it offers cannot be overlooked.

There is a common theme to client centered therapy among all these disciplines but for the purpose of this article, I will be addressing it from my primary discipline of occupational therapy. It was initially termed by Carl Rogers in 1939 with a focus on concerns expressed by the client. I found it was best describe by Gage (1995) as a practice in which clients make decisions about the focus of therapy and are empowered to achieve solutions.

To effectively use this approach, there must be client input and not only a chart review and patient evaluation. Asking the client, making goals with input from the client, explaining the goals to determine if they are ultimately the clients goals too, and re-visiting with the client how the client is doing with the areas they are working on are crucial. It is essentially teamwork with the client as a key member of the team. As with all teams, we take into consideration all parties input and confirm that the plan is appropriate for the end goals, understood, and as time evolves, updated as needed. I do this by explaining what my goal is (to assist the client in achieving a greater level of functional independence), and how long I anticipate working toward the goal (possibly 3 treatments to 4 weeks). After I evaluate the client and ask for information to assist in my goals, I review the goals with the client and try to confirm that they indeed address the same goals as the client. Sometimes I find that I’ve made an assumption that is in error, such as the assumption that someone may desire to put their own socks on when in fact their spouse has been doing this and both the client and spouse desire to continue in this same manner.

The power of using this approach is three fold. First, it demands client approval. I get this approval by clarifying if my goals seem appropriate or if they have further input. And second, with input and decisions by the client on the focus of the therapy, their motivation to participate will be greater. When I don’t spend the time to assure I have the clients input, I generally find a lower participation with the home program. Third, by using the client centered approach, the dialogue of what to work on and the client assisting in working out the solutions means that the goals are not only understood by the client but that they make a difference to the client functionally, which is of course the ultimate goal for any occupational therapist.

So, the next time you are working with a client I propose you to ask yourself if you have encouraged the client to give their input and to be an equal team member in their care. Furthermore, as with any team, clarify the end goal (such as to return home independently), ask


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the client what goals they have, and what specifically they wish to work on. This is the key to empowering the client to be involved with meaningful therapy and for us to treat more effectively and efficiently.

Gage, M. (1995). Re-engineering of Healthcare: Opportunity or Threat for Occupational Therapists? Canadian Journal of Occupational therapy, 62(4), 197-207.

Rogers, C. R. (1939). The Clinical Treatment of the Problem Child. Boston: Houghton-Mifflin.

From Spoiled Brat to Caregiver By Shirley Krohn, Senior Assembly Member, California Senior Legislature

Representing Contra Costa County http://www.4csl.org/

Born and raised in San Francisco. Two brothers and one sister, Betty. I'm the youngest. There is nine years between myself and Betty. Growing up I thought it was pretty cool. I would sneak my sisters clothes to wear after she left for high school, hiding that fact from my mother who would have been very angry! I would hang out with her and her girlfriends. My two brothers were a lot older and went into the service during WWII. So I continued to be the "little brat" to my sis and her friends.

Eventually she married Bill. I also got married when I was 20 and had two children almost immediately. Betty, on the other hand, attempted to have a child, but it took ten years for this to happen. In 1963 she gave birth to David. Betty and her family moved to Pacifica and I didn't see her as often during those days. However, the family attempted to get together during holidays. During these gatherings, it was very clear to all of us that David had some serious behavioral problems. He would run and jump on furniture screaming. As a family, we stopped having these family holidays.

In 1971, Betty and Bill took David to a psychiatrist who determined that he was autistic. As a family, we had no clue what this was. Did it cause his erratic behavior and screaming? Did it affect his inability to speak? We were all confounded by this information. But we pretty much isolated ourselves as a family from Betty, Bill and David. Betty later communicated that she felt abandoned. We just simply didn't know anything about autism.

David was placed in a group home run by a non-profit in Marin County called Lifehouse. This facility enabled him to learn to live independently.


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Betty lived alone in a home she and Bill had purchased in San Rafael. Bill passed away in 1990. Living alone, Betty had arranged for David to spend every other weekend with her. They would walk everywhere together. Very dedicated to each other.

Last year, Betty began showing signs of confusion. The first sign we noticed was her inability to deal with numbers. Over the next few months, we took her to several doctors appointments and, of course, she was diagnosed with dementia. All of her legal documents were updated, and I had myself added to her bank accounts and hired a fiduciary to handle the bill payment and account balancing.

So while I enjoyed being the baby of the family, I now find myself the caregiver for my sister and her son David. Betty is now in an assisted living facility. Just yesterday I brought Hospice in to help with her care. At a time in my life when I look forward to doing things I've always wanted to do during retirement, I have had to cut back on my volunteer activities and spend more time with my sister. She barely recognizes me. Now confined to a wheelchair, her ability to get around is drastically reduced. She is losing weight and has trouble eating. So very sad.

I would love to return to the days of sneaking her clothes out to wear to school and running home to get there before she returned. But she always knew, I was always caught! I would give anything to return to those happy days. But the reality is here. She will pass on and I will continue to look after David from afar. His group home has to close due to budget cuts. He had a job at Borders where he would straighten books on shelves. But Borders has closed and they are looking to find him another job somewhere. He may outlive me and I wonder who will be his caregiver.

This is not a unique story. Thousands of families are experiencing these same or similar circumstances. I will forever respect and honor caregivers. They deserve all the support they can get!


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Spiritual care as an essential element of patient care

http://www.gwish.org/ Leading the fight for seniors’ rights


International network for the prevention of elder abuse


American Geriatrics Society Guide to Managing Psychosis and Behavioral Aspects of Dementia http://www.americangeriatrics.org/press/id:2184


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Two new sets of diagnostic criteria– Which is right for your clinic?


Escape from the hospital bed


California scientists discover how vitamins and minerals may prevent age-related diseases http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2011-05/foas-csd053111.php

Breaking the fracture cycle through effective and coordinated models of care

http://www.iofbonehealth.org/newsroom/media-releases/detail.html? mediaReleaseID=188


Democrats revive Medicare as political weapon

http://www.npr.org/2011/06/14/137161683/democrats-revive-medicare-as-political- weapon

Squandering Medicare’s money


Peace Corps for retirees? It's a second chance to serve

http://www.csmonitor.com/Business/new-economy/2011/0609/Peace-Corps-for- retirees-It-s-a-second-chance-to-serve

Many of us won’t be able to retire until our 80s

http://www.marketwatch.com/story/many-of-us-wont-be-able-to-retire-until- our-80s-2011-06-09

Seniors' medical pot collective stirs up trouble

http://www.theoaklandpress.com/articles/2011/06/09/life/ doc4df066864e6e9052653138.txt

Retailers prepare for aging baby boomers

http://www.voanews.com/english/news/usa/Retailers-Prepare-for-Aging-Baby- Boomers-122938258.html

Retirement home for gays and lesbians debuts in Fountaingrove



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Opinion: Listen to low-income residents on health reform



Affordable Care Act delivers cheaper prescription drugs to nearly 500,000 people


Broken trust: Elders, family, and finances

http://www.metlife.com/assets/cao/mmi/publications/studies/mmi-study-broken-trust- elders-family-finances.pdf

Strength training for grandma and grandpa


Regular exercise may benefit the brain as well as the body


USC: Active social, spiritual and physical life helps prevent health decline in seniors


Not all hospitals treat elderly the same


Out of reach? Rural elders have highest rates of obesity, diabetes, heart disease



A BITTERSWEET SEASON Caring for our aging parents– and ourselves http://www.nytimes.com/2011/05/29/books/review/book-review-a-bittersweet-season- caring-for-our-aging-parents-and-ourselves-by-jane-gross.html

Dangers of the sexual revolution continue in old age

http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/2011/jun/07/sexual-revolution-and-its-dangers- continue-in-old/

Helping the aged during natural disasters



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Aging with AIDS: More are living longer, living with loss


Congress must prevent harmful cuts to Social Security and Medicare

http://www.aarp.org/politics-society/advocacy/info-04-2011/AARP-fights-against- threats-to-medicare-and-social-security.html

For AARP, A 'Monumental' Shift On Social Security?" by Wendy Kaufman (US National Public Radio, All Things Considered, June 24, 2011). In addition to the story, an audio transcript (running time: 4 minutes, 6 seconds) is available. A print transcript is also available. http://www.npr.org/2011/06/24/137395740/for-aarp-a-monumental-shift-on-social- security


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Reflections on ageing


The East Bay Korean-American Senior Service Center

By Joanna Kim-Selby President/Executive Director East Bay Korean-American Senior Service Center Link to Bio and Senior Leaders’ Award: http://www.calseniorleaders.org/about/csl- program-awardees/2007-2/

The East Bay Korean-American Senior Service Center was established in 1980 to assist the Korean elderly to communicate among themselves; to help relieve their loneliness due to language and cultural barriers and also to enhance their lives. The Center was originally with the Korean Community Center of the East Bay but in 1993 the seniors purchased the building located at 1723 Telegraph Ave. Oakland, CA 94612. The Center is a non-profit 501c3 organization.

The Center receives funding from the Older American Act Funds from Alameda County Area Agency on Aging for the hot lunch program and Community Outreach Services. With these and other government funds, and the Koret Foundation, the Korean individuals and their organizations have operated the center. The center has serviced at least 140 unduplicated Korean seniors whose language is monolingual. The center is the only place in the Bay Area providing a 5 day a week lunch program for these seniors. We are also well-known in the Republic of Korea and many tourists visit the Center and participate in


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our programs. This year the funding for community outreach has been cut but we will continue to provide the services as long as we have volunteers and donations.

The Center provides a citizenship program, daily English classes, physical exercise, yoga, singing, dancing, drumming, and other social activities. All of these programs are free of charge. We do not have funds for paid instructors but we have been fortunate to have talented volunteers to lead the programs. Volunteers from the Transworld Volunteers Program provide English instruction.

With the exception of two paid part time employees-a nutritionist and an accountant- the Center is run by an all volunteers staff including the executive director, secretary, treasurer, chef, assistant chef, auditor, kitchen help and janitorial crew. We give special appreciation to those volunteers. Joanna Kim-Selby, the Executive Director, is a Senior Senator from Contra Costa County. This year her proposal of "Honoring Senior Volunteers in May" is authored by Senator Lou Correa as Senate Concurrent Resolution 32 in 2011 (SCR 32) and is permanently recorded in the California Law Book.

The pride of the center is our choir with drummers and dancers. The choir/drummer group participates in many Korean events as well as many other county events. They wear traditional Korean dress which is very colorful and are a special attraction where ever they perform. They have performed at the Area Agency on Aging Healthy Living Festivals, Korean Town Festivals, Korean Day, Supervisors' Chamber, and other local events.

We always welcome any visitors to the Center-please come visit us!


This short film (13 minutes) tells the real life story of Jim Ray Cooper and his experiences during the last six years of his life with advanced lung disease. Mr. Cooper was a Navy Frogman in the Korean War. The frogmen were predecessors for the modern day Navy Seals. For more information: http://ecampus.stanford.edu/cooper_legacy/index.html

My mother's hip: Lessons from the world of eldercare

http://www.geripal.org/2011/06/book-review-my-mothers-hip-lessons-from.html? utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Geripal+ %28GeriPal%29

Law on end-of-life care rankles doctors



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With poem, broaching the topic of death


Lessons I learned by examining miracles


Pain management: Palliative care is not what you think



Discover "How To Live Forever" - An Aging Documentary Screening in San Francisco July 8th - 14th


A Film By Mark Wexler


Filmmaker Mark Wexler is not going down without a fight. Rather than face his own mortality, he embarks on a worldwide trek to investigate just what it means to grow old and what it could mean to really live forever. But whose advice should he take? Does 94-old exercise guru Jack LaLanne have the answers, or does Buster, a 101-year-old chain-smoking, beer-drinking marathon runner? What about futurist Ray Kurzweil? Phyllis Diller? A laughter yoga expert? Maybe an elder porn star? Wexler deftly explores the viewpoints of these delightful characters alongside those of health, fitness and life-extension experts in this engaging, and often hilarious, new documentary.

Theater Info:

Landmark Opera Plaza 601 Van Ness Avenue San Francisco, CA 94102 (415) 267-4893

For trailer, showtimes, tickets and more info, please visit:


The United Seniors of Oakland and Alameda County (USOAC) invites the community to participate in the 8th Annual Healthy Living Festival. The event is designed to promote health and wellness for seniors and those who love them. The festival will be held on Friday, July 15, from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm at the Oakland Zoo, 9777 Golf Links Road. Older adults and their supporters throughout Alameda County are encouraged to


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join together to experience a vast array of information and resources that define healthy living and successful aging. "This is a fun countywide event for everyone to come together to help raise awareness of the importance of living an active and healthy life,'' said Nate Miley, Alameda County Supervisor and founder and president of the United Seniors. "Caring for seniors is my passion and as we all age, supporting a healthy lifestyle is essential." Last year over 2,100 seniors and their supporters participated in the Healthy Living Festival. United Seniors Executive Director Michelle Taylor Lagunas along with the Healthy Living Festival Planning Committee work together to put on one of the largest health and resources festivals for seniors in Alameda County while making it a healthy and fun filled event. Planned activities at this year's festival include health screenings, nutrition and cooking demonstrations, educational and resource booths promoting healthy choices, medication drop-off/ disposal program, entertainment and much more. For more information about USOAC and the Healthy Living Festival please visit http://www.usoac.org/hlf.html The United Seniors and the Oakland Zoo are partnering to offer a special Healthy Living Festival Free Day Pass into the Zoo for all participants and one guest. All must register.

4th Annual On Lok Conference Sustainable Long Term Care: Living with Chronic Disease September 21, 2011

8:00 am - 4:30 pm UCSF Mission Bay Conference Center 1675 Owens Street, San Francisco, CA

For details or to register online:


The Science of Compassion: Future Directions in End-of-Life and Palliative Care, Bethesda, August 10-12, 2011. See: http://www.ninr.nih.gov/ResearchAndFunding/ scienceofcompassion.htm

International Reminiscence and Life Review Conference, Boston, MA, November 16 - 18, 2011. For more information, see: http://www.reminiscenceandlifereview.org/

American Society on Aging Web Seminars



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Self Portrait by Mary Oliver


The Voyage of Life: Old Age, 1842– Thomas Cole, Artist


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Jobs in Aging Board Information

Note: it is important that you remain a subscriber to our jobs in aging electronic mailing list to receive key updates regarding the Jobs Board. Here is the link to our user-friendly Jobs Board: http://jobsinaging.easyjobboards.com

Remember, we are requesting that you now post your own positions. Jobs will remain on the board for approximately one month unless you request an extension. IF you wish to receive daily updates on job postings, please scroll to the end of the jobs board page and sign up! You will notice an option called “get job updates”; to activate this feature, enter your email address.

How to Post

The following details should significantly lessen the learning curve!

To submit a new job post: Click on the green plus sign with “submit a job” on the right side of the homepage.


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There are several fields to complete, such as “job title” & “location.” Under the “contract type” options, if none apply, select “other.” The “hours” field is optional.

At a minimum, please include the following in the “description” box: -Job Description -Name and address of company where job is located, and url and/or background information about your organization -Contact person including name, phone number and/or email address

IMPORTANT: to mitigate formatting problems in the “description” box, copy and paste your job summary from a Word document or Text Edit to the “description” box without text enhancements (e.g., bulleting, bolding, etc.). If desired, do wait to bold, underline, and/ or italicize content until you have already entered all information in the box; icons are available should you wish to do this.

If you do not have information for an “optional” field, leave it blank.

Next, type in the requested words in the security box and click on the “post” button. Your post will be sent to the jobs administrator for review; if complete, it will be approved and posted as soon as possible. If we need additional information or have questions, we will contact you.

Also, remember to enter your name and email address in the appropriate text boxes below the “description” box so that we can contact you if needed.

If you need assistance, please contact Desi Owens at: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Postings in this newsletter are for informational purposes only and do not constitute endorsement by the Resource Center on Aging or the University of California. Please do not contact the UCB Resource Center on Aging about information associated with these posts. Contact the provider/original source directly. Thank you.


The newsletter and jobs lists are complimentary services of the UC Berkeley Resource Center on Aging. Please consider making a donation to support this work. Suggested amounts: $10-$15.00 a year for newsletter $10 a year for job listings

$20 a year for both $20 per job posting $10 per newsletter posting We appreciate all donations, large or small. Our monthly e-newsletter and jobs in aging posts will continue through our fiscal year, June 2011. Continuation of the newsletter in fall 2011 is contingent upon funding. There will be no new job posts in July, however the jobs board will remain available for viewing. The jobs board will resume as usual in August. Thank you!


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Online donation option: http://socrates.berkeley.edu/~aging/support.html

Please mail checks to: Resource Center on Aging, C/O Desi Owens, 50 University Hall, MC 7360 Berkeley, CA 94720


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