Living Well Supports the Community Living Campaign in San Francisco

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Dr. Doris Bersing presents at the St. Francis Square Cooperative.

Dr. Doris Bersing, president and CEO of Living Well Assisted Living at Home, recently presented on the topic of Aging Well & Planning at the St. Francis Square Cooperative in San Francisco as part of the initiatives organized by the Community Living Campaign (CLC).

CLC empowers seniors and people with disabilities to come together, organize and use their many skills and interests to reduce isolation and end economic and other barriers to aging in their own homes and neighborhoods. As part of its activities, CLC meets weekly at the St. Francis Square. St. Francis Square Cooperative is a vibrant residential community that offers home ownership at an affordable price in the heart of San Francisco. It is an owner-occupied residential complex in San Francisco’s Western Addition/Japantown neighborhood consisting of 299 apartments housed in 12 three-story walk-up buildings that are oriented around shared landscaped courtyards.

St. Francis Square was constructed in 1963, with sponsorship of the International Longshoremen’s and renowned architects Robert Marquis, Claude Stoller and Lawrence Halprin designed Warehousemen’s Union (ILWU) and its buildings and landscaping. Over the years, numerous design awards have been bestowed upon the complex.

Today, St. Francis Square encompasses an intergenerational, multicultural community thriving and organizing its members to provide networking and educational opportunities.

In her presentation, Dr. Bersing emphasized the “power of networking and staying connected to your own community to promote support and age safely in place.”

She reminded the audience about the AARP survey a few years ago that noted that 89 percent of Americans do not want to leave their homes when they age.

She continued, “How will the long-term care system provide care to a growing number of seniors living in increasingly scattered locations? Technology has the potential to play a critical role in launching a new model of geriatric care that allows older people to live independently for as long as possible, supports family caregivers in the important work they do and gives health care providers the tools they need to deliver high-quality care at a reasonable cost.”

Living Well is planning to continue its ongoing support of community-based initiatives like the ones promoted by CLC and implemented at St. Francis Square.

About the company:
Living Well offers specialized care for adults with chronic and debilitating conditions — like Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, ALS, and mental illness — that compromise their ability to live safely in their homes. At Living Well Assisted Living at Home, they combine a team of experts and the use of smart technology with exceptional customer service to deliver personalized, comprehensive care to seniors and adults with cognitive, behavioral and movement disorders. Their approach to care at home enables those seniors and adults affected by Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia, Parkinson's, ALS, other neurological disorders and mental illnesses to live independent and meaningful lives. At Living Well, they aspire to create a safe and nurturing environment while allowing for independence and dignity for seniors and adults and offering peace of mind to the children and family members. Visit their website for more information, http://www.livingwellah-sf.com.

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