Reframing Aging: Promoting Connection and Addressing Ageism
Many recognize San Francisco as a hub of technology and innovation, but few know that older people are actually the city’s fastest growing demographic. With six generations alive at the same time, we’ve reached an unprecedented point in history. When we work together and design solutions that recognize the strengths that all generations bring, we make space for more innovative programs and public policy that benefit our entire community. From grassroots and policy perspectives, this discussion will explore what an aging city means to its residents and what we can do to develop and maintain a vibrant, engaged and inclusive community.
Shireen McSpadden is executive director of the San Francisco Department of Disability and Aging Services. She has 30 years of experience providing services to older people and adults with disabilities in both the nonprofit and public sectors. McSpadden has also served on the boards of numerous organizations and committees, including the Glide Foundation, the UCSF Center for Aging in Diverse Communities, and state and federal associations of area agencies on aging.
Kate Hoepke has been a community builder for 35 years, in the field of aging since 2001 and as executive director of San Francisco Village since 2012. She is a leader in the national village movement and founding partner and chair of Village Movement California. She is the founder of 40 mothers clubs, social support networks for young families in the San Francisco Bay Area, which have served more than a million families since the early 1990s. Hoepke has a bachelor’s degree in sociology and an MBA from San Francisco State University, and she is a 2019–2020 Encore Public Voices fellow.
The Commonwealth Club
110 The Embarcadero
Toni Rembe Rock Auditorium
San Francisco, 94105
4:45 p.m. check-in
5:15 p.m. program