Updated April/May 2023; November 2023. Rethinking Aging Club on Clubhouse is thriving. It is now a House! Please join us. We have a unique niche as the only community on Clubhouse specifically focused on sharing information to foster awareness and improve products, services, education and advocacy to benefit older adults and their caregivers. We offer a comfortable space, like sitting in a living room with friends to share and receive. Our “replays” can be used like podcasts to listen to on your drive.
If you are new to Clubhouse please use this link to download the app. https://www.clubhouse.com/house/rethinking-aging-club
Rethinking Aging Club house hosts two regular rooms a week on Tuesdays and Thursdays
Tuesdays is News for the Ages 6 – 7pm eastern time.
Thursdays is Age-Friendly Product Alliance 1 – 2pm eastern time
The History and Mission of the Age-Friendly Product Alliance
Mission: Share resources, learn together, raise awareness of needs and encourage creation of products, services, education and advocacy that better the lives of older adults. This continuing Thursday 1PM ET Clubhouse room was founded by Michael Philips (AARP Tech), Rick Robinson (AgeTech Collaborative from AARP) and Stephen Ewell (Consumer Technology Association Foundation) and has been hosted by the Rethinking Aging Club, founded by Linda Sherman, since June 2021. The initial room was called Products for 50+. It evolved into an Alliance at the beginning of 2022. Debbie Howard (caregiving advocate, market research, and Japan AgeTech expert) became a core planning and organizing member of the Rethinking Aging Club in November 2021. We thank Benjamin Surmi (Koelsch Communities) for his strong continuing support. Keren Etkin (TheGerontechnologist.com) and Frances West (accessibility expert) were central members in the early days and we are grateful to them.
We are of course grateful to all of our speakers and supportive audience members. Thank for continuing to contribute information and spread the word.
Rethinking Aging Club Age-Friendly Product Alliance Weekly Thursday 1-2pm ET Rooms
There is a different topic weekly:
We have provided a few rooms completely in depth here:
Entertainment and Edutainment Streaming Film and Rethinking Aging
Tutorial Creation, Training, and AgeTech Product Adoption
Caregiver Resources November 4, 2021 Rethinking Aging Discussion
Other topics focusing on the aging population and those who care for them include: Authors, Project Updates, Dementia/Alzheimer’s, Sleep Health, Ending Well, Fitness, Nutrition, Physical Therapy / Occupational Therapy, Fall Prevention, Marketing/PR, Digital Inclusion, Digital Skills Training, Robotics, VR, FinTech, Community Building, Employee Caregiver Support, Product Design, Human Centered Design, Self-care for older adults and caregivers, Smart Home, Senior Living Alternatives, Fall Prevention, Product Onboarding, Robotics, Brain Health, Hearing Tech, Vision Tech and Care, Nursing Shortage Crisis and what to do about it. We are also planning rooms focusing on sexual health and dental care for older adults.
Prior to November 11, 2021 there were no replays. Click the red button here for our Thursday rooms list with topics, speakers and links to the event post that contains each room replay. We will continue to update this page with our latest weekly rooms.
Rethinking Aging Club News for the Ages Tuesdays 6pm Eastern
The News for the Ages weekly rooms are organized and led by Debbie Howard and Linda Sherman. We chose a time slot that we hoped would allow Japan, Australia and much of Asia to participate. Especially because the Thursday Age-Friendly Product Alliance schedule 1-2pm ET does not. There is a regular group of news contributors who kindly find an article every week. Sometimes they are not able to participate and sometimes we have people trying it out. Let us know in a comment below, on the contact form or the many other ways you can reach us through Clubhouse, LinkedIn, Twitter etc, if you would like to become a contributor. (Except please do not use a LinkedIn connection request for pitches of any kind).
Our current core News for the Ages contributors are Benjamin Surmi (Koelsch Communities), Gary Barg (Today’s Caregiver Magazine & Caregiver.com), Zalan Alam MD, Ellen Khalifa, Elizabeth Magallon Fleury (Life’s Encore Planning), Josef Katz (CoverRight), Ray Gordon (futurist and architect), Debbie Howard (Aging Matters International; Carter JMRN Market Research) and myself.
We provide an overview of how News for the Ages works, with an updated list of links to each of our event posts that include weekly news items. There is also a section leading directly to Replays. Please click on the red button just below to access this LinkedIn article.
Our Typical Audience and Who Should Join Rethinking Aging Club Discussions
- Assisted living, home health, long term care, private practice professionals serving older adults
- Gerontology researchers
- Investors interested in the aging marketplace
- AgeTech, Robotics and Aging Ecospace Services entrepreneurs
- Film and Streaming Series creators
- Architects and Interior renovators for Aging in Place
- Dementia and Alzheimer’s specialists
- Chair yoga, breath work and other movement for older adult trainers
- Digital Skills Training for older adults trainers
- Marketing Experts with an interest in marketing to 50+ and those who support them
- Physical therapists, occupational therapists, wound care experts
- Biotech, Pharma, Integrative medicine professionals
- Funeral industry disruptors
- Financial planning and fintech tools related to the aging ecospace
- Advocates to better conditions for older adults
- Boomers helping create a better future for themselves
We get both an engaged live audience and a significant number of replays. There are currently over 1,800 Rethinking Aging Club Members.
How to Join Clubhouse and the Rethinking Aging Club
The link to Rethinking Aging Club will take you to a link to download the mobile app if you are not yet a member. Our Club page gives you easy access to all of our replays (which date back to when replays started in November 2021).
How to RSVP for a Clubhouse Event (Show / Room)
Go to the house. The events are at the top of the page. If there are multiple events, toggle to the one you want to RSVP to. Click on RSVP. You will get three choices: Will be there, Interested and Can’t Come. Choose the appropriate one.
You can now go to the three dots and choose “Add to Calendar” to add in your time zone.
How to Find Join the Clubhouse Event / Show / Room
Go back to where you RSVP’d for the event. For Rethinking Aging Club we open the room 5 minutes before the official start. You will see “join the room now in progress”. Click on that. You will be brought the audience. If you are a scheduled, one of the hosts will send you an invitation to come on stage. It will pop up on your Clubhouse page. Just click “accept” and you will be brought on stage. You are automatically brought up muted. In the Rethinking Aging Club house, we will ask each of speakers to unmute and test their mike.
Finding Clubhouse Houses to Join
I wrote a Rethinking Aging on Clubhouse article with recommended Clubs and Rooms, as well as background and Clubhouse features for startup founders and others in the aging ecospace in July 2021. I updated the list in spring 2023 as I wrote this Overview in October 2022.
Recommended Club and Room Categories include Startups; News; Caregiving, Dementia and End of Life; Ageism; Genetics and Rare Diseases; Consumer Oriented Clubs for Women with something to tie them to our topics; Large Healthcare Clubs with Multiple Leaders and Topics; Science; Wellness Architecture and Interior Design; Marketing.
To determine if a Club is currently active before joining it, check the number of rooms per week. If it says “less than 1/week” and there are no recent replays on the page, it is not active.
Clubhouse Tools and Features
New User Onboarding events every Wednesday 6pm PT, replays on the New User Onboarding Club Page. Host include the Paul, the co-founder.
Clubhouse TownHall with updates on Clubhouse direction, recommended events and Q&A. Host include co-founders Paul and Rohan. Every Tuesday 5pm – 5:45pm PT. In the Clubhouse HQ Club.
UPDATE November 2023:
In September Clubhouse added asynchronous chat and became more dependent on voice. “Live Rooms” which Rethinking Aging Club hosts twice a week are still happening.
UPDATE 5-11-23: You can now log in on the web. Our URL there is different. Note that a “CH” is added.
You can log into Clubhouse to access houses you are members of here (with limited functionality):
You can join a room from the web by getting the share URL after it starts and adding a ch in front of /room.
Clubhouse now has Houses (in beta for quite some time with Jan 2023 announcement they would be merged with Clubs in spring 2023), Pinned Links, optional Captions, Replays, Share, Web access for viewing, Chat. I’ve explained a bit of each in my July 2021 what is Clubhouse article in the update section at the bottom.
April 11th – April 17th Clubhouse converted all remaining Clubs to Houses. Rethinking Aging Club became a house on April 8th.
Rethinking Aging Club Testimonials
Jason Wolf 7-20-23
Love your sessions so informative and professionally run.
Krista Frahm 7-8-23
Thanks again for having me on the Rethinking Aging Club show! What a wonderful group of people working to solve all kinds of tricky problems. 🙂
Teresa Valenzuela 3-17-23
Fresh water to parched lips. The Rethinking Aging community is speaking my language. It is my pleasure to repost your event shows on LinkedIn.
Nancy McGovern 10-27-22
Thanks again for the invitation to join Clubhouse and the Age-Friendly Alliance – what a terrific way to share and learn! Well done Linda, Debbie, Carol, and team!
Elizabeth Clubb 9-8-22
I just want to reiterate all of the praise of what you two (Debbie and Linda) do to make this room so efficient and such a joy to be a part of. So thank you very much for your hard, hard work in elevating this conversation. I’m delighted to be here. I love this conversation.
Chris Britton 8-18-22
A pleasure to be invited and to spend my Thursday evening with such an incredible group of people.
Clara Berta 8-16-22
Thank you for including chat into your conversation!
Made me feel a part of the talk!
Brett Adler 8-15-22
This amazing group of people are consistently producing great discussions covering a WIDE range of topics about aging adults, including caregiving, technology, health, news and much more.
Check out the link below, and their Rethinking Aging club on Clubhouse for all of the rooms they host.
Kudos to Linda Sherman, Debbie Howard and everyone that contributes to these rooms, and the Rethinking Aging club! Stephen Ewell, Michael Philips, Rick Robinson
Gina Adams 8-12-22
Thank you Linda!
I am so grateful for the opportunity to be part of the Clubhouse Age-Friendly Product panel discussion!
You are so eloquent and the panelists products and presentations are fantastic.
Pam Ostrowski 8-3-22
Thank YOU for another information-packed Clubhouse session, Linda! All aging professionals can benefit from attending these or listening to the recordings.
Cindy Mullins with 8-2-22
(On News for the Ages) This is always an information-rich, eye-opening discussion on health-, safety-, and aging-related innovations and discoveries. Highly recommend adding it to your calendar.
David Clement 7-26-22
Great Clubhouse today (News for the Ages)
You guys are running a real thought incubator
Lynn McPhelimy 7-28-22
You are a great moderator. Keeping all of these backchannels going strong!
Jamie Rose 5-5-22
Great discussion, everyone. Brad is such a joy to listen to and I look forward to hearing the replay of this as well! Thanks for hosting such intelligent and thoughtful speakers
Laura Caron-Parker 5-5-22
Thank you Linda for moderating this room. It is my second time joining. Fabulous information sharing
Jeffrey Szmanda 7-8-22
I am so proud to be a member of the Age-Friendly Product Alliance and to present our award-winning Gruv Button Technology!
This alliance is a fascinating, essential and impressive community!
Nancy May 7-7-22
Linda, This was an excellent introduction to seeing how well a clubhouse group can be run. Have listened to others and yours is one of the most organized and well-run. Thank you for the trust to let me jump in.
David Richards 7-7-22
Thanks again Linda for the chance to present today
And thank you Benjamin for connecting me to this amazing community.
Joan Green 2-27-22
I am thrilled to have found you and the powerful Clubhouse room that you’ve created. I’ve been searching for quite a while for other like-minded colleagues who share my passion for leveraging the benefits of tech to support older adults. There is such a long way to go for eldercare communities to offer the guidance that is needed for seniors to be able to successfully navigate this world of essential tech for cognitive stimulation, social engagement and overcoming barriers to the issues we all face as we age. Your group will make an enormous difference in moving these issues in a positive direction.