Nader Shabahangi

One is All, All is One

March 22, 2019 | Nader Shabahangi

I was just reading a NY Times review of Apollo 11, a new movie about the moon landing. What struck me was the way the reviewer took the human virtue of ‘humility’ as a core feature he felt the movie especially highlighted. He states: “At the zenith of [Armstrong’s] fame, the hero proves his worth by honoring those to whom the glory is truly owed.” Indeed, coming to terms with how we tackle our so-called ‘ego’, quest for acknowledgement, for standing out, feeling central, is a task many a wisdom and spiritual tradition…

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‘Why Eldership’: Our Earth, Our Elders

December 15, 2018 | Nader Shabahangi

Our earth – our world and home – needs elders. It needs to know who elders are and what they do. It needs the wisdom they afford us, the teaching they can give us. Elders are not only those who are old in years. Rather, an elder is a role that lives in all of us at any age. Still, this role appears mostly in people who have matured through the many years and much effort. Elders turn to values that have endured the test of time. These timeless human qualities are expressed through words such as equanimity, acceptance, patience, compassion, kindness, thoughtfulness, gentleness, calm, empathy, and mindfulness.  These words describe an attitude, a disposition towards the world, towards people and events, often hard-won through experiences spanning ecstatic moments of joy to deep, often extended periods of suffering. Timeless qualities speak to those who humans are essentially. They speak to what we often call the soul of the human being, to what is immutable, transcends time, trends and culture. In today’s global world with its […]

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Upcoming Eldership Dinner with Dr Nader Shabahangi

January 19, 2018 | Nader Shabahangi

The Eldership Dinner Co-Hosted by EBALDC & SPUR Co-Presented by The Center for Elders’ Independence Date: January 24, 2018 Time: 6pm – 8pm Location: SPUR Oakland, 1544 Broadway, Oakland CA 94612 Cost: FREE, RSVP Requested. [Updated Jan 25, 2018: This event has passed] You’re invited to a fun & friendly discussion about aging! We all do it (age), but how do we really feel about it? It’s a tough topic for lots of adults. Let’s talk it out over dinner and entertainment; with friends! By 2030, one in five Alameda County residents will be older than 65, and by 2050 the county will have nearly 100,000 residents over the age of 85. This demographic growth represents a profound shift, and one that requires revisiting how we design our cities and systems. Join us for dinner and an open discussion about our own perceptions on aging and what infrastructure, political will and policies are needed to give older adults the opportunity to age in place. Co-presented by the Center for Elders’ Independence, East Bay’s Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly. Guided Discussion Led by […]

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Recommended Read: Aging Famously by Elizabeth Mead Howard

October 9, 2017 | Nader Shabahangi

Eldership Academy Press would like to congratulate Elizabeth Howard on the publication of her new book, Aging Famously: Follow Those You Admire to Living Long and Well. In Aging Famously, Howard shares intimate interviews with her inspiring role models. She offers readers helpful tactics and lasting legacies of creative people in their 70s, 80s and beyond who continued to take risks and contribute their talents. They celebrated aging as a time of depth, understanding, commitment and hope. “Some mentors teach us specific skills; others teach us major life lessons. Elizabeth Howard gives the reader the opportunity to learn from an impressive group of wise and experienced elders, beginning with her own father.” -Dr. Margery Hutter Silver, co-author Living to 100, retired Assistant Professor in Psychology at Harvard Medical School Find out more about Aging Famously and upcoming author appearances on the Aging Famously website. Buy Aging Famously on Amazon!

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From Aging to Eldership Video

May 26, 2017 | Nader Shabahangi

This presentation was given at a recent dinner hosted by the Center for Elder Independence and the Fund for Elder’s Independence. This video, from Nader’s recent eldership presentation at CEI, is about changing our perception of aging, reframing the conversation from about getting old to getting mature and opening ourselves up to the concept of Elder as a role and engaging in Eldership practices. Elders of any age can practice the Eldership values of giving back, mentorship and providing guidance to their communities. Eldership Dinner w/ Dr Nader Shabahangi Presentation for the Center for Elders’ Independence(CEI) on exploring our perceptions about aging and eldership. As many a philosopher and sage have pointed out, what is nearest is often the hardest to see. Particularly in our so-called adult life, it is seldom a simple matter to take a step back and evaluate how we are living. How often do we reflect on whether our ways of living are really our choice or are instead heaped on us by external influences, ranging between mainstream values, education, family, social, […]

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