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AgeOn Summer Film & Lecture Series: Cherry Blossoms–Beauty & Impermanence – August 12, 2019

August 12, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

$5 – $10

Institute on Aging is excited to announce our AgeOn Summer Film & Lecture Series, devoted to exploration of creative aging and acceptance of the aging journey. This series is curated by IOA’s own Dr. Patrick Arbore, who will lead an hour-long, lively instruction and discussion after each movie. Continuing Education units will be available for those who are interested.

Date: Monday, August 12, 2019, 4 PM (Doors open at 3:15 p.m.) Light snacks, coffee & water will be provided.

Place: Institute on Aging, 3575 Geary Blvd., San Francisco, CA 94118

Parking: Limited street parking around the building. Public transportation is nearby.

Cost: $10, General Admission; $5.00 students and seniors (62+)

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About the Film

The acclaimed, 2-hour, 2008 German/Japanese film, Cherry Blossoms, written and directed by the talented Doris Dorrie, is a profoundly poignant tale of loss, with the impermanence of life at its core. Other issues embraced by the film are sudden death, grief, family, rituals, and the healing power of creativity expressed through the Japanese dance called Butoh, which originated after WWII. This dance shares the tenets of selflessness, transformation through changes of consciousness, and above all, compassion. With a Zen appreciation of small details, this drama is peppered with magical cinematic moments involving water, mountains (Mt. Fuji), dandelions, flies, and cherry blossoms. The moving finale is a tour de force which vividly conveys the inherent beauty and profundity of the fleeting nature of life.

After this 2-hour film, there will be a short break, after which Dr. Patrick Arbore will take us into an hour-long lecture and discussion.

About your host and instructor: Patrick Arbore, Ed.D

Patrick began his career in the field of aging in 1973. He is the Founder and Director of the Center for Elderly Suicide Prevention and Grief Related Services (CESP), and the Founder of Friendship Line—-programs at Institute on Aging in San Francisco. Patrick conducts workshops and presents lectures, both locally and nationally, and is the author of numerous articles and book chapters on a variety of aging-related topics. He is a Senior Lecturer at Notre Dame de Namur University in Belmont, CA; an occasional Lecturer in the School of Social Welfare at the University of California, Berkeley; and an Adjunct Faculty member at The Wright Institute. Patrick is the recipient of several awards including: the 2013 Mental Health and Aging Award presented by the American Society on Aging; a Silver Medalist for Public Service sponsored by the Jefferson Award Regional Committee; and the 2016 Norma Satten Community Service Innovation Award for his commitment to human rights and community living.


As a result of attending this program, participants will be able to:

  • Outline the experience of death, dying and loss within two different cultures
  • List three ways in which adult siblings are often known to respond to sudden parental death
  • Provide at least two examples of potentially-effective use of rituals as treatment for healing grief and loss
  • Apply the concept of impermanence towards acceptance of old age, illness and death

Reviews of Cherry Blossoms:

“Remarkable…beautiful…sublime.” — Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times

“Poetic! Tender! Exquisitely shot.” — David Denby, The New Yorker

“Deeply rewarding…wonderfully sensitive.” — David Noh, Film Journal


Continuing Education for this program will be available at no extra charge (3.0 Continuing Education Units): APA; BRN; CAMFT (serves LCSW/MFT); MCLE.

All Continuing Education certificates will be delivered digitally, within 5 days of the event. An evaluation-test will be provided to all CE registrants, who must then attend the entire program and turn in their evaluation at the end of the program in order to qualify for a CE certificate.

Introductory Level: No prior knowledge of the specific content area is needed in order for you to participate fully and effectively in the workshop. The information or skills will be (or may be) new for those who enroll.

American Psychological Association (APA): Institute on Aging is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Institute on Aging maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN), Provider # CEP13610, for 3.0 Contact Hours.

CAMFT: Institute on Aging is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for this program. IOA maintains responsibility for the course and its content. Course meets the qualifications for 3.0 hours of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs. CAMFT provider number is #135377.

State Bar of California (MCLE) : Course meets the qualifications for 3.0 hours of continuing education credit for Attorneys (Provider #13264).

Funding for this program is provided by the JULIAN S. DAVIS, MD, LECTURESHIP FUND


August 12, 2019
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
$5 – $10


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