Fall 2013 Catalog

Welcome to the Albany Guardian Society Institute. Our Fall 2013 catalog is divided into the following broad categories:

  • Caregiving
  • General Interest
  • Housing
  • Legal
  • Professional Development

These categories offer a variety of selections on topics of importance to a wide audience. Please scroll down to see all of the Institute’s offerings for Fall 2013. We will continue to develop and schedule programming throughout the upcoming months and invite you to review our catalog periodically. Access to the Institute’s catalog can be found on the Albany Guardian Society website at www.albanyguardiansociety.org.

There is no cost to attend our programs; however, registration is required for each course you wish to attend. To register, simply press the “Register Button” next to the course description and complete the registration form. If you are unable to complete an on-line registration, please contact Albany Guardian Society and we will provide assistance.

If you have any questions regarding the Institute or are unable to attend a course once you have registered, please contact Albany Guardian Society at 518-434-2140 or e-mail us at director@albanyguardiansociety.org.

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CAREGIVING

140.  Eldercare GPS: Navigating the Maze of Available Services

This is the first of a three part series on caregiving and will introduce participants to the aging services system. Learn what services are available and how you and your loved ones can connect with programs that will help you. This program will be offered twice. See dates below.

  • Presenter: Elisa Strole, Senior Services of Albany, Albany, NY
  • Intended Audience: Caregivers, Older Adults, Aging Services Providers
  • Date: September 12, 2013
    •  November 14, 2013
  • Time: 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
  • Location: Albany Guardian Society, 14 Corporate Woods Blvd., Suite 102, Albany, NY

September 12, 2013
November 14, 2013

150.  What’s a Caregiver to Do?: Tips and Strategies to Help Caregivers Take Care of Themselves

Caregivers can find themselves under tremendous stress as they struggle with the challenges frequently experienced when caring for an older loved one. Often caregivers find their own health and well-being compromised. Learn how to take care of yourself as you care for your loved one. This program will be offered twice. See dates below.

  • Presenter: Mary Moller, MSW, Eldercare Program Supervisor, Catholic Charities Caregiver Support Services, Schenectady, NY
  • Intended Audience: Caregivers, Older Adults, Aging Services Providers
  • Date: September 19, 2013
    •  November 21, 2013
  • Time: 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
  • Location: Albany Guardian Society, 14 Corporate Woods Blvd., Suite 102, Albany, NY

September 19, 2013
November 21, 2013

160.  Recognizing Anxiety and Depression in Older Adults

This course will provide an overview of the signs and symptoms of anxiety and depression. Gain insight into the effects these conditions have on family dynamics. This course will help caregivers manage the challenges when these conditions are present. This program will be offered twice. See dates below.

  • Presenter: Marlene Hildenbrandt, LMSW, Program Director, Community Caregivers, Albany, NY
  • Intended Audience: Caregivers, Older Adults, Aging Services Providers
  • Date: September 26, 2013
    •  December 5, 2013
  • Time: 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
  • Location: Albany Guardian Society, 14 Corporate Woods Blvd., Suite 102, Albany, NY

September 26, 2013
December 5, 2013

170.  Frontotemporal Dementia (FTD): Caregiver Challenges  

Frontotemporal Dementia (FTD), a progressive form of dementia, is increasingly being identified as the disease process afflicting younger adults. This program will provide a discussion about the challenges of caring for a young adult with FTD.

  • Presenter: Nancy Cummings, Director, Anne B. & Leon J. Goldberg Alzheimer’s Resource Program, Albany Medical Center, Albany, NY
  • Intended Audience: Caregivers, Older Adults, Aging Services Providers
  • Date: October 3, 2013
  • Time: 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
  • Location: Albany Guardian Society, 14 Corporate Woods Blvd., Suite 102, Albany, NY

October 3, 2013

180. Medicare, Social Security and Medicaid: Do You Know What These Programs Do?

This program will offer an uncomplicated look at Social Security and Medicare. Learn how and when to access these programs and how they may complement your existing benefits. There will also be a brief review of who is eligible for Medicaid and what it covers.

  • Presenters: Christine Cary, Director, and Angelina Searles, Caseworker, Town of Colonie Senior Resources Department, Colonie, NY
  • Intended Audience: Caregivers, Older Adults, Aging Services Providers
  • Date: October 31, 2013
  • Time: 9:00 am – 11:00 am
  • Location: Albany Guardian Society, 14 Corporate Woods Blvd., Suite 102, Albany, NY

October 31, 2013
 

190. Information to Assist in Planning and Caring for an Older Person

This is a comprehensive session covering available community resources to assist with care of the elderly, to understand depression and anxiety, and to help caregivers care for themselves. Promotional support has been provided by the Schenectady County Office for the Aging.

Presenters: Marlene Hildenbrandt, LMSW, Program Director, Community Caregivers, Albany, NY; Mary Moller, MSW, Eldercare Program Supervisor, Catholic Charities Caregiver Support Services, Schenectady, NY; Diane Van Dusen, Senior Services of Albany, Albany, NY; Vicki S. Hoshko, Caregiver Resource Coordinator, Schenectady County Office for the Aging, Schenectady, NY

  • Intended Audience: Caregivers, Older Adults, Aging Services Providers
  • Date: September 16, 2013
  • Time: 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
  • Location: Rotterdam Public Library, 1100 N. Westcott Road, Schenectady, NY


September 16, 2013

191. Information to Assist in Planning and Caring for an Older Person

This is a comprehensive session covering available community resources to assist with care of the elderly, to understand depression and anxiety and to help caregivers care for themselves. Promotional support has been provided by the Saratoga County Office for the Aging.

  • Presenters: Marlene Hildenbrandt, LMSW, Program Director, Community Caregivers, Albany, NY; Mary Moller, MSW, Eldercare Program Supervisor, Catholic Charities Caregiver Support Services, Schenectady, NY; Elisa Strole, Senior Services of Albany, Albany, NY; Carole Beauregard, Program Director, Care Links of Southern Saratoga County, Glenville, NY
  • Intended Audience: Caregivers, Older Adults, Aging Services Providers
  • Date: October 7, 2013
  • Time: 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
  • Location: Clifton Park Halfmoon Public Library, Meeting Room A-B, 475 Moe Road, Clifton Park, NY

October 7, 2013

195. Living with Alzheimer’s for Caregivers

The Alzheimer’s Association of Northeastern New York, in partnership with Albany Guardian Society and the Marjorie Doyle Rockwell Center (The Eddy), is proud to once again present a program series for caregivers.

Living with Alzheimer’s for Caregivers is a 3-part series of education programs that provide answers to the questions that arise in the early, middle and late stages of the disease. Hear from those directly affected and learn what you need to know, what you need to plan and what you can do at each point along the way.

Part I Early-stage Alzheimer’s Disease - September 10, 17 and 24, 2013

This series will cover information targeted to caregivers of people exhibiting symptoms of early-stage Alzheimer’s disease. (Symptoms include short-term memory loss, confusion, challenges with routine chores.)

Part II Middle-stage Alzheimer’s Disease - October 8, 15 and 22, 2013

This series will cover information targeted to caregivers of people exhibiting symptoms of middle-stage Alzheimer’s disease. (Symptoms include problems recognizing people, repetition, restlessness, and difficulty organizing thoughts.)

Part III Late-stage Alzheimer’s Disease - November 5 and 12, 2013

This series will cover information targeted to caregivers of people exhibiting symptoms of late-stage Alzheimer’s disease. (Symptoms include little capacity for self-care, little to no communication, and decreased motor ability.)

The following information pertains to Part I, Part II and Part III:

  • Presenter: Gretchen Moore Simmons, Professional Development Specialist, Alzheimer’s Association of NENY, Albany, NY
  • Intended Audience: Caregivers, Older Adults and their Children
  • Dates: See above for dates for Part I, Part II and Part III
  • Time: 9:30 am – 11:30 am
  • Location: Albany Guardian Society, 14 Corporate Woods Blvd., Suite 102, Albany, NY

Caregivers may attend all sessions or only those sessions that best meet the needs of their specific situation.

To register for Living with Alzheimer’s for Caregivers, call the Alzheimer’s Association of NENY at 518-867-4999, Ext. 200.

 
To register for
Living with Alzheimer’s for Caregivers,
call the
Alzheimer’s Association of NENY
at 518-867-4999,
Ext. 200.
 
GENERAL INTEREST

230. Thinking About Retiring?: Envisioning Your Life After You Retire

Retirement is not just leisure. What does it mean in today’s world? Learn the difference between a rocking chair and a “rocking” retirement. What are your options to make these the best years of your life?

  • Presenter: Ann DiSarro, Retired, Former Executive Director of Senior Services of Albany,
    Albany, NY
  • Intended Audience: People Nearing Retirement Age, Older Adults
  • Date: September 18, 2013
  • Time: 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
  • Location: Albany Guardian Society, 14 Corporate Woods Blvd., Suite 102, Albany, NY


September 18, 2013

240. Challenges of the Aging Driver

Older adults cherish their mobility in our auto-dependent society. Learn about the challenges facing older drivers and explore solutions to the question of how to decide when it’s time to “give up the keys.”

  • Presenter: Roger Dames, Driver Fitness Center Coordinator, Colonie Senior Service Centers, Inc., Albany, NY
  • Intended Audience: Older Adult Drivers and their Children
  • Date: September 19, 2013
  • Time: 9:30 am – 11:30 am
  • Location: Albany Guardian Society, 14 Corporate Woods Blvd., Suite 102, Albany, NY


September 19, 2013
 

250. Grief and Grieving: What to Expect, How to Help

This presentation will provide insight into the myriad ways in which grief can manifest itself in the lives of adults and young people, coping techniques to assist with the process, and when additional services may be required.

  • Presenter: Maryanne Malecki, Executive Director, Haven of Schenectady, Schenectady, NY
  • Intended Audience: Older Adults, Caregivers, Professionals
  • Date: September 26, 2013
  • Time: 9:00 am – 11:00 am
  • Location: Albany Guardian Society, 14 Corporate Woods Blvd., Suite 102, Albany, NY


September 26, 2013

260. Prescription Drug Benefits: NYS EPIC Program and Medicare Part D

Learn what these programs offer and how they might fit into your or a client's health care coverage. This program will provide important information prior to the start of the Medicare open enrollment period at the end of the year.

  • Presenter: Candy Rivera Whitehead, NYS EPIC and NYPS Outreach Representative, Magellan Health Services, NYS EPIC, Albany, NY
  • Intended Audience: Older Adults, Caregivers, Professionals
  • Date: October 24, 2013
  • Time: 9:30 am – 11:30 am
  • Location: Albany Guardian Society, 14 Corporate Woods Blvd., Suite 102, Albany, NY


October 24, 2013

270. Alcohol and Drug Abuse in the Baby Boom Population

This program will provide an overview of the growing problem of alcohol and drug addiction among the baby boomer population locally and nationally. The incidence and prevalence of the problem of late-life addiction will be reviewed and evidence based treatment approaches and practices will be offered. This program will also help participants gain insight into the benefits of age-specific treatment services.

  • Presenter: Nicole S. MacFarland, LCSW-R, CASAC, Executive Director, Senior Hope Counseling Inc., Albany, NY
  • Intended Audience: Caregivers, Older Adults, Professionals
  • Date: October 29, 2013
  • Time: 9:00 am – 11:00 am
  • Location: Albany Guardian Society, 14 Corporate Woods Blvd., Suite 102, Albany, NY


October 29, 2013
HOUSING

320. Housing for Older Adults: Live Where You Want to Live

Where we live is so important to our health and happiness. Many of us hope to age in place and to do this we need to have a good understanding of our housing options. Unravel the mysteries of senior housing and learn how you and your loved ones can make the best choices in senior housing. This program will provide practical information about senior housing options, things to consider as you or a loved one think about housing, and how to start the conversation.

  • Presenters: Deborah Damm O'Brien, Executive Director, DePaul Housing Management, Albany, NY; Ken Harris, Senior Policy Analyst, LeadingAge New York, Latham, NY
  • Intended Audience: Older Adults, Caregivers, Aging Services Providers
  • Date: October 23, 2013
  • Time: 9:30 am – 12:00 pm
  • Location: Albany Guardian Society, 14 Corporate Woods Blvd., Suite 102, Albany, NY


October 23, 2013


330. Aging in Place: Your Home for Your Lifetime

Older adults often express a desire to age in place. What does this mean and how can we accomplish this? Learn about simple steps you can take that will make your home safe and comfortable and help you maintain your independence. A number of hands-on displays will be available.

  • Presenter: Susanne A. Kenneally, Certified Aging in Place Specialist, Albany Guardian Society,
    Albany, NY
  • Intended Audience: Older Adults, Caregivers, Aging Services Providers
  • Date: November 13, 2013
  • Time: 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
  • Location: Albany Guardian Society, 14 Corporate Woods Blvd., Suite 102, Albany, NY


November 13, 2013
 
LEGAL

430. Powers of Attorney, Capacity Issues, Guardianship

What to do when a person can no longer make his/her own decisions: A discussion on planning in advance for potential loss of decision making capacity by signing a power of attorney; assessments of capacity; and what happens if no advance planning has been done and loss of capacity occurs—the guardianship process.

  • Presenters: Margaret Z. Reed, Esq., and Margaret A. Vella, Esq., Reed and Vella, LLP, Delmar, NY
  • Intended Audience: Aging Services Providers, Caregivers, Older Adults
  • Date: September 11, 2013
  • Time: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
  • Location: Albany Guardian Society, 14 Corporate Woods Blvd., Suite 102, Albany, NY

September 11, 2013

440. Reverse Mortgages, Foreclosure, Consumer Rights

This program will offer general information regarding reverse mortgages including who is eligible, pros and cons to obtaining a reverse mortgage and other consumer issues. The program will also provide an overview of the foreclosure process in New York State, prevention, and the HAMP Program, and what assistance is available for homeowners facing foreclosure.

  • Presenters: Anne Reynolds Copps, Law Office of Anne Reynolds Copps, Albany, NY; Gayle E. Hartz, The Legal Project, Albany, NY
  • Intended Audience: Aging Services Providers, Caregivers, Older Adults
  • Date: November 6, 2013
  • Time: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
  • Location: Albany Guardian Society, 14 Corporate Woods Blvd., Suite 102, Albany, NY


November 6, 2013
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

711. Demographics: Beyond the Basics

Organizations are recognizing the value of incorporating demographic analysis in their planning processes. Learn to use more sophisticated, in-depth analytical tools to help you and your organization understand more about this important topic. This class will use American FactFinder 2 as a data source. Please bring your laptop or tablet. Wireless Internet access is available.

  • Presenter: Robert Scardamalia, RLS Demographics, Inc., Rensselaerville, NY
  • Intended Audience: Planners, Managers, Government Officials, Aging Services Providers, and Educators who already have a basic proficiency in working with this type of data.
  • Date: October 2, 2013
  • Time: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
  • Location: Albany Guardian Society, 14 Corporate Woods Blvd., Suite 102, Albany, NY


October 2, 2013

721. Medication Management with Older Adults

Today’s medications are beneficial to many older adults. However, understanding what these medications are used for and recognizing their side effects can be challenging. This program will describe pharmacological interventions frequently used with older adults.

  • Presenter: Michael Brodeur, Pharm.D., CGP, FASCP, Associate Professor, Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Services, Albany, NY
  • Intended Audience: Aging Services Providers
  • Date: October 16, 2013
  • Time: 9:00 am – 11:00 am
  • Location: Albany Guardian Society, 14 Corporate Woods Blvd., Suite 102, Albany, NY


October 16, 2013

731. Frontotemporal Dementia (FTD): Information for Aging Services Providers

This progressive form of dementia is increasingly being identified as a disease process afflicting younger adults. Learn how researchers are recognizing increased prevalence of FTD in dementia populations.

  • Presenter: Nancy Cummings, Director, Anne B. and Leon J. Goldberg Alzheimer’s Resource Program, Albany Medical Center, Albany, NY
  • Intended Audience: Aging Services Providers
  • Date: October 17, 2013
  • Time: 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm
  • Location: Albany Guardian Society, 14 Corporate Woods Blvd., Suite 102, Albany, NY


October 17, 2013

741. Mergers, Affiliations and Collaborations

In today’s environment, many organizations may look at corporate restructuring and realignment options to increase their competitive edge and sustainability. An overview of the continuum of possible options will be presented as well as practical tips, including pitfalls, for establishing readiness, vetting potential partners, and negotiating the solution that best fits your organization.

  • Presenter: Doug Sauer, Chief Executive Officer, New York Council of Nonprofits, Inc., Albany, NY
  • Intended Audience: Service Providers, Not-for-Profit Board Members
  • Date: October 30, 2013
  • Time: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
  • Location: Carondelet Hospitality Center, 385 Watervliet Shaker Road, Latham, NY


October 30, 2013
 

Course Disclaimer: We reserve the right to cancel courses in the event that scheduled presenters withdraw from the Institute. If this occurs, every effort will be made to identify and secure replacement courses. Courses may also be cancelled if minimum required attendance levels are not achieved.
 
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