Ibasho: Elders as Social Capital

The concept of ibasho—a Japanese term meaning a place where one feels a sense of belonging and purpose, and is accepted as oneself—challenges prevalent perceptions about aging. The Ibasho approach recognizes elders as valuable assets to their community, empowering them to be active participants and changing the harmful outcomes created by society’s negative perceptions and expectations—social isolation, a loss of dignity and respect, and a sense of uselessness and irrelevance. This approach …(creates) a strong informal support system in which elders are the catalyst to strengthen social capital among community members of all ages.

Click on the following link to learn more:  https://ibasho.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/150318Elders-Leading-the-Way-to-Resilience-Conference-Version.pdf


Write your own obituary class


Saturday February 22 * 1-3pm * $10 * REGISTER

6950 Maple St NW, Washington DC 20012

with Sarah (founder of Death Positive DC and end-of-life doula)

Contact Sarah at sarah@deathpositivedc.com for more information

We will start promptly at 1pm // PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED.

Join me as we learn about obituaries and have a go at writing our own.

We’ll spend a bit of time talking about the history of obits and we’ll read some obituaries (with an emphasis on ones written by the person who died).

Then I’ll provide different writing exercises we can try. We will write and discuss, and then have a second round of writing and discussion. I’ll be available for one-on-one help.

At the end of the workshop, people can read their obits to the group (optional, of course!).

Please bring paper and pen or a laptop for writing. Light snacks and drinks will be provided.


Sex and Aging – Embracing the Beauty of the Aging Body Feb. 29, 2020

Sex & Aging – Embracing the Beauty of the Aging Body
Saturday | Feb. 29 | 12:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Sibley Memorial Hospital | 5255 Loughboro Road, NW | Building A | Conference Room 1
Speaker: Melanie Davis, Ph.D. | Cost: $15
Light refreshments served at 2:30 p.m.
Melanie Davis, Ph.D. is an adjunct professor for graduate programs at Drexel University and Widener University, and has taught at Moravian Theological Seminary, Moravian College and Marymount Manhattan College. She is the program manager for the Our Whole Lives program of the Unitarian Universalist Association, and author of Our Whole Lives Sexuality Education for Older Adults.
Dr. Davis is a certified sexuality educator supervisor through the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT) and is on the editorial advisory board of the American Journal of Sexuality Education; the Advisory Council of the Woodhull Sexual Freedom Alliance, and is the co-president of the Sexuality and Aging Consortium at Widener University.
Topics include:
• Embrace and Enjoy Your Aging Body
• Safer Sex for Seniors
• Desire and Pleasure
There will be time during the conference to visit the resource expo.  Call 202-364-7602 to register before February 21. Free parking for attendees who register in advance. 
Please note: Entrance to our visitor parking garage is on Dalecarlia Parkway (near the intersection of Dalecarlia Parkway and Loughboro Road, NW). Building A is next to the visitor parking garage.