Go to the vision tab and watch the video from Summer 2018 where Anna shares the philosophy that inspires Full Life Programs !

Full Life shares resources that may be of interest to you:

A blog that shares Full Life's perspective so closely, by colleague Laura Bowley of Mindset Centre for Living with Dementia in Canada:

Why I'm not afraid of Alzheimer's and What I'm Really Afraid of...


A story in the New York Times' Live Well:

Does Exercise Slow the Aging Process?

An editorial in the New York Times:

Helping Patients and Doctors Talk about Death



From The New Old Age: Paula Span's Columns from the NYT Health

Justice Department Takes dowm Barriers in Retirement Homes


Lessons on End of Life


On Medicare ... Lung Cancer Screening


The Tangle of Coordinated Health Care


Nursing Homes ... Focus of Basic Health Care


Learning to Say No to Dialysis


A Surgery Standard Under Fire


The Trouble with Advance Directives

The New York Times is not running The New Old Age any longer, and you can follow her on the Paula.Span Facebook page.






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Full Life Programs

Full Life Programs is committed to restoring richness and meaning to the lives of elders and supporting healthy relationships for them across their lives.

Three avenues accomplish this:

                     *  speaking engagements to a variety of audiences

                     *  one-to-one engagement with elders receiving care and their care partners to enhance well-being and communication, and

                     *  training staff including Full Life's Gems and Gifts discussion activity

To contact Full Life Programs email Anna@FullLifePrograms.org or phone 541-221-6962



Anna Sontag has a PhD in Special Education, with a focus on healthy communities and resiience. She is an Eden Educator, with Eden Alternative Care, an exemplary organization supporting principles that parallel those of Full Life.  Finding Eden, and Green Houses, and Al Powers was a 'coming home' to others who share the vision of paradigm shift, plus their assets of established team, process, and structure.

Repeated training with the Zen Hospice Center in San Francisco has been a rich source of inspiration. In the more recent extended training, their leader BJ Miller engaged with us with a presentation, questions and answers, and one-to-one exchanges. His inspiring TED talk is here and on the Full Life Programs Facebook page.

More Services

Consultations with individuals and families facilitate transformation and adjustment to new challenges. Usually one to four meetings is sufficient to bring about the desired transformation of individual lifestyle or care partner dynamics. 

In a ministerial role, Full Life also offers consultation to explore, design and create an end of life passage that avoids trauma and embraces intention.

Engagement over Skype of FaceTime makes distance no barrier. Facilitating ongoing conversations with individuals in different places brings loved ones together.

And always we provide in person consultations locally in the Willamette Valley in Oregon.

We encourage you to visit Anna Sontag on LinkedIn and Full Life Programs on Facebook.

History of Full Life

As President of Full Life, my first outreach was as a demonstration of what works: 

First I held weekly discussion groups with people living in long term care -- groups that discussed what mattered to them, their wisdom, experience, inspirations, and interpretations, depending on the stimulus in my weekly presentation.  In this context, participants grew as individuals and as a group.  They proceeded from tentative community to dedicated listeners and sharers, and with time and experience moved into increasing trust, strong mutual respect and listening, and into confident self-realization and even eventually transcendence.* Interpersonal skills and communication reached levels not seen in business and interpersonal adult groups.


      These elders enjoying conversation remind us of our participants in Full Expressions discussion groups.

A next demonstration was with Companion Care and Full Life Coaching.  There I developed the value of listening, communicating, and be-ing, one-to-one with individuals in elder wisdom as well as with their loved ones and families. Walking, eating, sitting and conversing, all continue to be avenues for developing mutual understanding and communication where what holds meaning for the individuals can be passed back and forth. In this context the elders express their inspiration and wisdom: they bring a piece of what we continue to experience as their mystical relation to life, be-ing, reality ... to the table of the relationship, to add their contribution of brilliance and wisdom.  This sheds light every time it is given attention.  It comes in looks, words, expressions, body language:  short, extended, always profound.



Like governance models that are moving from hierarchy to holocracy, these models of long term care gain efficiency and health as they shift the focus from top-down, to bottom up.  The residents are fully known to their care partners, and they contribute.

Those relationships are the soil from which a real community can grows.  Here regulations can be met naturally, through consistent staffing and the ability for an employee to be able to tell when something is 'off' with a resident, and systems protect well being because they are based in teams working in ease and mutuality to support those in their care.


Full Life is reaching out to long term care organizations to work with Full Life in a pilot study to demonstrate how this will serve their care community.

 *Mazlow showed wisdom with his perspectives on personal development, which have been revised and continue to be used in different forms.

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Once persons are diagnosed with dementia or they experience a shift in abilities, expectations and opportunities in their environments may change, making rich communication less accessible. Full Life steps in to strengthen relationships and organizations and maximize the well being of all.

We believe that new perspectives toward the capacities that remain for elders will increase opportunity for their wisdom  to shine and stimulate the development of integrative opportunities that add to all communities. For an example of the personal and interpersonal development we've experienced in our groups, visit our Case Study Research / Maslow Hierarchy page.

Our services page explains ways Full Life can make a difference for you and your loved ones. 

You may also follow these links to our Vision and Testimonial pages for more insight into Full Life Programs.




Quality of life, richness of interaction, health of living communities and relationships all are essential in Full Life's vision. Such standards should be available to persons of all levels of income and support need. Therefore, Full Life Programs is a 501c3 organization.

Please phone 541-221-6962 and leave your contact information so we can provide you with more details. Your donation will make a meaningful contribution to carrying this work forward.


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