SOURCE: AgeSong Senior Communities

AgeSong Senior Communities

August 04, 2009 08:00 ET

AgeSong Expands in Oakland; Brings Holistic Approach to Historic Hotel Property

Offers Independent Living Apartments for Seniors in Local, Art Deco Landmark

OAKLAND, CA--(Marketwire - August 4, 2009) - AgeSong Senior Communities is bringing its nationally recognized holistic approach to a local historic landmark. The 1927 Art Deco Lake Merritt Hotel has been transformed to AgeSong at Lake Merritt, an independent-living residence for seniors. This newest property is the fifth residence AgeSong now offers senior adults in the Bay Area. Its four other residences are in Oakland, San Francisco and Emeryville, and provide a full range of living options for independent, assisted-living and forgetfulness-care.

The 49,155 square-foot building offers 46 apartments with new, upgraded kitchens and bathrooms, and views of nearby Lake Merritt, the East Bay hills and the downtown Oakland skyline. The apartments feature 9-foot ceilings and crown moldings, period-style ceramic tile bathrooms and spacious closets and alcoves. Among the many upscale amenities it offers are a popular full-service restaurant open to the public, spa and fitness center, full-time concierge, high speed wireless internet, activity rooms and a 9,000+ square foot garage.

AgeSong's approach is designed to re-establish the role of the elder, to create communities that allow residents to stay connected to the larger community and to provide opportunities for continued learning. AgeSong programs address the physical, emotional, social and spiritual needs of senior adults.

"In each of our locations, we believe strongly in integrating the community with our residences to bring social and generational diversity to the neighborhoods. This creates vitality and an important exchange among our families and neighbors, which includes adults, children, grandchildren and elders," said Nader Shabahangi, CEO of AgeSong.

A unique aspect of AgeSong at Lake Merritt is that its lake location, public spaces and community support make the integration of the larger business, cultural and social aspects a natural addition to its programs.

"The idea that residents can create their own lifestyle while being supported by staff and programs is a fairly new concept for senior communities," said Victoria Stone, community relations director of the residence. "For example, in most senior living communities, residents dine in isolation from the larger community and choose meals from a limited menu. But here, the Terrace Room enables residents to mingle with local business, association, club and neighborhood patrons who come to eat at this public restaurant," she added.

Additionally, public educational and cultural programs sponsored by AgeSong that welcome the community into the building provide opportunities for social interaction beyond the residence. External social/cultural programs for residents promote involvement in local organizations such as the Oakland Museum and the Public Garden.

The historic building is owned by local real-estate owners Cheryl and Randall Berger and managed by AgeSong. In 2007, the Bergers restored the building's architectural heritage and beauty in a $3.5 million renovation that preserved the building's historic features while offering modern conveniences and improved accessibility.

The six-story architectural gem was built in 1927 by famed California architect William Weeks, who designed 22 Carnegie libraries and other notable buildings throughout the state. The Terrace Room restaurant features a mural depicting scenic views of Lake Merritt painted by Oakland's acclaimed muralist and sculptor Andre Boratko.

Established in 1995, AgeSong is a family-run group of senior communities with a holistic approach to care. It was founded by Shabahangi and his siblings, who combined their diverse backgrounds in psychology, law, and theology to create unique, holistic environments for their residents, led by their vision to transform attitudes toward aging.

In 2006, AgeSong won the American Society on Aging's Award for Excellence in the Field of Aging.

AgeSong's other residences include AgeSong at Lakeside Park (Oakland); AgeSong at Bayside Park (Emeryville, opening in January 2010); AgeSong Hayes Valley Care and AgeSong Laguna Grove Care (San Francisco).

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