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Aging Gracefully

June 11, 2021 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

downloadAccording to Sherrie Campbell, psychologist, one definition of “graceful” is “to be strong and assured in who one is and to move gently within that energy.”

As we traverse the years, though we contend with genetics, there are plenty of lifestyle choices within our influence which can affect our aging process. During this session, we will discuss research in preventative approaches towards minimizing negative consequences of old age—noting actions that may deteriorate mobility and cognitive capabilities, as well as prompt isolation, depression, and financial distress. The process of examining graceful, healthy aging will also involve reviewing interviews with people from all walks of life, to gain perspective on their notions of growing older. Finally, a deeper understanding and appreciation of the normative and adaptive aging processes will include generating a respectful and reverent view of elders, highlighting the importance of honoring the cultural heritages of elders and the legacies each elder will leave behind.


Identify at least five factors of healthy aging.
Analyze at least three predictors of longevity.
Recognize at least three challenges to a healthy and rewarding aging process.
Define “normative” and “adaptive” aging processes.
Utilize at least two ways of honoring one’s cultural heritage.

Instructor: Anne Almendral, LCSW, Clinical Supervisor/Consultant, Citywide Clinical Consultation Services, IOA, has worked in both the public and private sectors. serving in community mental health settings and as an inpatient social worker. Some of her past roles include: Faculty member and Social Worker at Langley Porter Psychiatric Institute, University of California San Francisco; Program Director at St. Mary’s Hospital in San Francisco; Clinical Administrator at United Health Care; and Social Worker at Asian Community Mental Health Services. Anne earned her MSW/LCSW from San Francisco State University.


June 11, 2021
10:00 am - 12:00 pm


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