Fall 2014 Catalog

Welcome to the Albany Guardian Society Institute. Our Fall 2014 catalog is divided into the following broad categories:

  • Caregiving
  • Consumer 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 2014. 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

112. Eldercare GPS: Navigating the Maze of Available Services

Are you a caregiver and would like to learn about services that may help you care for your loved one? This program will tell you about the services you need and the organizations that can help you.

  • Presenter: Elisa Strole, Senior Services of Albany, Albany, NY
  • Intended Audience: Older Adults and Their Families, Caregivers
  • Date: October 16, 2014
  • Time: 1:30 pm -3:30 pm
  • Location: Albany Guardian Society, 14 Corporate Woods Blvd., Suite 102, Albany, NY
 
October 16, 2014

142. Home Safe Home – Creating a Dementia Friendly Environment

Caregivers need to know how best to adapt the environment, whether at home or in a residential care setting. In this program, you will learn about the changes in the body and brain brought on by Alzheimer’s disease and identify ways in which the environment can affect people with dementia. The presenter will share ideas for practical home enhancements that will help caregivers support their aging loved ones. Attendees will be able to identify potential hazards and safety concerns in the home while optimizing opportunities for independence.

  • Presenter: Erica Salamida, Alzheimer's Association, NENY
  • Intended Audience: Older Adults and Their Families, Caregivers, Aging Services Providers
  • Date: September 17, 2014
  • Time: 9:00 am – 11:00 am
  • Location: Albany Guardian Society, 14 Corporate Woods Blvd., Suite 102, Albany, NY

 

September 17, 2014

146. Taking It On The Road- Traveling With Health Issues

Whether by plane, train, cruise ship or car, learn tips on traveling with health issues. How do you transport oxygen or medications and what’s the latest on airport security? Learn to choose the best accommodations for your needs. Find out how you can locate a bathroom anywhere in the world.

  • Presenter: Lynda Shrager, OTR MSW
  • Intended Audience: Older Adults and Their Families, Caregivers, Aging Services Providers
  • Date: October 28, 2014
  • Time: 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
  • Location: Albany Guardian Society, 14 Corporate Woods Blvd., Suite 102, Albany, NY
 
October 28, 2014

156. Caregiver Respite: How Care Teams Can Help

The Eddy has successfully employed volunteer care teams to support caregivers throughout the Capital District since 1996. Learn how this program can offer a unique form of respite for family caregivers in need. Also learn about other forms of respite opportunities in your community and ways to establish a respite network among available resources. Understand that successful caregiving requires that a good support system be developed among friends, relatives, religious organizations and/or community providers to help you build a support network.

  • Presenters: Sandy Monahan, Eddy Alzheimer’s Care Team Coordinator, and Lynn Young, Executive Director, Marjorie Doyle Rockwell Center
  • Intended Audience: Older Adults and Their Families, Caregivers, Aging Services Providers
  • Date: September 25, 2014
  • Time: 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
  • Location: Albany Guardian Society, 14 Corporate Woods Blvd., Suite 102, Albany, NY
 
September 25, 2014

170. Conversations About Dementia

Caring for a loved one with dementia can be challenging. Eventually the family recognizes that it’s time to openly discuss how to best care for their loved one. This workshop will offer tips on how to have honest and caring conversations with family members about going to the doctor, deciding when to stop driving, and making legal and financial plans.

  • Presenter: Erica Salamida, Alzheimer's Association, NENY
  • Intended Audience: Older Adults and Their Families, Caregivers
  • Date: October 23, 2014
  • Time: 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
  • Location: Albany Guardian Society, 14 Corporate Woods Blvd., Suite 102, Albany, NY
 
October 23, 2014

182. Gizmos & Gadgets: Handy Devices to Help

Caregivers learn about products and devices that can help people as they age. Presenters will demonstrate a number of useful tools and products to help older adults remain independent.

  • Presenter: Elisa Strole, Senior Services of Albany, Albany, NY
  • Intended Audience: Older Adults and Their Families, Caregivers
  • Date: October 16, 2014
  • Time: 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
  • Location: Albany Guardian Society, 14 Corporate Woods Blvd., Suite 102, Albany, NY
October 16, 2014

222. Kinship Care

Kinship Families face special challenges, higher levels of poverty, caregiver stress, disabilities and trauma, as well as difficulties navigating systems and accessing their custodial rights. This presentation describes their special challenges, special resources, and legal rights. 

  • Presenter: Gerard Wallace, Esq.
  • Intended Audience: Older Adults and Their Families
  • Date: December 3, 2014
  • Time: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
  • Location: Albany Guardian Society, 14 Corporate Woods Blvd., Suite 102, Albany, NY

 

December 3, 2014
CONSUMER INTEREST

209. Get Your Affairs In Order (So Your Kids Don’t Have To)

A non-legal discussion of organizing your important paperwork before a crisis occurs. Learn how to create a vital documents map. Learn how to create a paper trail and know what should always be in your wallet or purse. Hear about useful tips to manage the important documents of those who may be in your care.

  • Presenter: Lynda Shrager, OTR MSW
  • Intended Audience: Older Adults and Their Families, Caregivers, Aging Services Providers
  • Date: September 17, 2014
  • Time: 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
  • Location: Albany Guardian Society, 14 Corporate Woods Blvd., Suite 102, Albany, NY
 


September 17, 2014


220. Pre-planning a Funeral: Things to Consider

The death of a loved one is a stressful event and making funeral arrangements at this time can be difficult. Preplanning your funeral allows important decisions to be made in a more deliberative and less rushed manner. While consumers are becoming more familiar with end of life decision making, many still find themselves unfamiliar with how a funeral is arranged. A representative from the New York State Funeral Directors Association will provide you with information about pre-planning funerals and offer additional insight regarding the entire funeral process, including a discussion of various options available.

  • Presenters: Robyn Haberman, New York State Funeral Directors Association
  • Intended Audience: Older Adults and Their Families, Caregivers, Aging Services Providers
  • Date: September 23, 2014
  • Time: 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
  • Location: Albany Guardian Society, 14 Corporate Woods Blvd., Suite 102, Albany, NY
September 23, 2014

221. Obituary Writing

An obituary is a biography in brief, the last word on a person's life. Learn how to write an obituary that is accurate, lively and comprehensive that also captures the emotion of the subject's life. This is a hands-on workshop. Please come prepared to write, read and critique each other's draft obituaries. "The Art of Obituary Writing" is led by award-winning author and journalist Paul Grondahl.

  • Presenter: Paul Grondahl
  • Intended Audience: Older Adults and Their Families
  • Date: December 1, 2014
  • Time: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
  • Location: Albany Guardian Society, 14 Corporate Woods Blvd., Suite 102, Albany, NY
December 1, 2014

223. Holiday Favorites the Healthy Way

The holidays are filled with many of our favorite comfort foods. Come and learn some simple ways to lighten up those holiday favorites using healthy fruits and veggies. This one hour class will provide tastings and recipes. What a fun way to ring in the new year!

  • Presenter: Community Gardens
  • Intended Audience: Older Adults and Their Families
  • Date: December 8, 2014
  • Time: 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
  • Location: Albany Guardian Society, 14 Corporate Woods Blvd., Suite 102, Albany, NY
December 8, 2014

261. 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: Laura Mulvihill, NYS EPIC and NYPS Outreach Representative, Magellan Health Services, NYS EPIC, Albany, NY
  • Intended Audience: Older Adults and Their Families, Caregivers, Aging Services Providers
  • Date: October 7, 2014
  • Time: 9:00 am – 11:00 am
  • Location: Albany Guardian Society, 14 Corporate Woods Blvd., Suite 102, Albany, NY
October 7, 2014

280. Medicare and Medicaid: Do you know what these programs do?

Do you know what these programs do? Enjoy an uncomplicated look at two complicated topics. Understand how these programs can help you plan for a successful retirement.

  • Presenters: Christine Cary, Director, Town of Colonie Senior Resources Department, Colonie, NY
  • Intended Audience: Older Adults and Their Families, Caregivers, Aging Services Providers
  • Date: September 23, 2014
  • Time: 9:00 am - 11:00 am
  • Location: Albany Guardian Society, 14 Corporate Woods Blvd., Suite 102, Albany, NY

 

September 23, 2014
HOUSING

322. 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 and Their Families, Caregivers, Aging Services Providers
  • Date: October 8, 2014
  • Time: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
  • Location: Albany Guardian Society, 14 Corporate Woods Blvd., Suite 102, Albany, NY

 

October 8, 2014


350. Downsizing for the Older Adult

Want to simplify your life? After a lifetime of taking care of too much stuff it’s time to downsize. Learn how to live better with less. Fewer possessions and smaller homes leave more time for the things that matter. Nationally recognized expert, Helen Volk, will show you why now is the best time to think about downsizing.

  • Presenter: Helen Volk
  • Intended Audience: Older Adults and Their Families, Caregivers
  • Date: October 9, 2014
  • Time: 9:00 am – 11:00 am
  • Location: Albany Guardian Society, 14 Corporate Woods Blvd., Suite 102, Albany, NY

 


October 9, 2014

LEGAL

412. 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: Michelle Wildgrube, Esq.
  • Intended Audience: Older Adults and Their Families, Caregivers, Aging Services Providers
  • Date: October 22, 2014
  • Time: 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
  • Location: Albany Guardian Society, 14 Corporate Woods Blvd., Suite 102, Albany, NY

October 22, 2014

422. Wills, Health Care Proxies/Living Wills, MOLST

A discussion on important legal documents: (1) Wills that provide directions for what happens to certain assets at the time of a person’s death; (2) Health Care Proxies/Living Wills, and the newer MOLST document, that allow the signer to plan in advance for health care decisions if the signer can no longer make his/her own decisions; and (3) What happens if a person has not signed these documents.

  • Presenters: Margaret Z. Reed, Esq., and Margaret A. Vella, Esq., Reed and Vella, LLP, Delmar, NY
  • Intended Audience: Older Adults and Their Families, Caregivers, Aging Services Providers
  • Date: September 18, 2014
  • Time: 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
  • Location: Albany Guardian Society, 14 Corporate Woods Blvd., Suite 102, Albany, NY


September 18, 2014

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

733. Marketing to Seniors

Older adults represent an ever-growing segment of our population and they exert considerable purchasing power. At the same time, the characteristics and habits of this audience are continuing to evolve, which means that marketing to seniors is more challenging than ever. Learn how your organization can respond to these dynamics and create modern marketing programs that generate success.

  • Presenter: David Schultz, President, Media Logic
  • Intended Audience: Aging Services Providers
  • Date: November 20, 2014
  • Time: 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
  • Location: Carondelet Hospitality Center, 385 Watervliet- Shaker Rd, Latham, NY
 


November 20, 2014


752. Disability Etiquette in the Work Place

With inclusion being the buzzword in employment today it is important to understand diversity. Our behavior, while unintended, may be hurtful or offensive to a person with disabilities and may make us seem insensitive to the feelings of others. A lack of understanding of how to approach and interact with a person with disabilities combined with our fear of offending this person may cause us to purposely avoid contact. This program will provide you with practical and useful skills to help both parties experience a more positive and comfortable interaction.

  • Presenter: John Robinson, President, Our Ability, Inc.
  • Intended Audience: Aging Services Providers, Human Services Agencies
  • Date: November 5, 2014
  • Time: 9:00 am –11:00 am
  • Location: Albany Guardian Society, 14 Corporate Woods Blvd., Suite 102, Albany, NY

 


November 5, 2014


764. Managing and Saving Time with Outlook 2010

Is managing your emails a challenge? This program will help business professionals learn how to tailor their email environment to automatically assist them with incoming mail. In addition, learn about features that help you prioritize tasks and learn how to create a file system that keeps you organized. Gain insight into the confusing world of email etiquette.

  • Presenter: Kathleen Pingelsk,i President, MicroKnowledge, Inc. Computer Training and Consulting
  • Intended Audience: Aging Services Providers, Human Services Agencies
  • Date: October 14, 2014
  • Time: 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
  • Location: Albany Guardian Society, 14 Corporate Woods Blvd., Suite 102, Albany, NY

 

October 14, 2014

776. Stewarding Relationships With Those That Care About Your Mission Most

As agencies face reduced revenue for the important services they provide, it is critical to develop relationships with those that care most about your mission to support the work today, and in the future. The panelists will help you create a work plan and structure for a new or emerging development program, and will focus on the importance of building strong relationships with your supporters and their advisors to ensure that you are part of their plan.

  • Panel: Diane Cameron Pascone, Unity House; Kathie Ziobrowski, Sunnyview Rehabilitation Hospital Foundation; Charlie Joseph, Janney Montgomery Scott, Mindy Derosia, The Community Foundation for the Greater Capital Region
  • Intended Audience: Aging Services Providers, Human Services Agencies
  • Date: October 16, 2014
  • Time: 9:00 am –11:00 am
  • Location: Carondelet Hospitality Center, 385 Watervliet- Shaker Rd, Latham, NY

 

October 16, 2014

785. Helping Older Clients With Vision Loss

Senior centers, daycare programs, nursing homes, and assisted living residences regularly serve older adults who are experiencing vision loss. This program will cover the 4 leading causes of vision loss in older adults, describe early warning signs, discuss independent living strategies and provide a helpful review of low vision adaptive aids. In addition, this program will review Sighted Guide Technique, Courtesy Guide for the Sighted, as well as other adaptive strategies. Learn how your organization can become more effective when helping older adults with vision loss.

  • Presenter: Cheryl Lawyer, Outreach Coordinator, Northeastern Association of the Blind at Albany (NABA)
  • Intended Audience: Older Adults and Their Families, Caregivers, Aging Services Providers
  • Date: October 28, 2014
  • Time: 9:00 am – 10:30 am
  • Location: Albany Guardian Society, 14 Corporate Woods Blvd., Suite 102, Albany, NY

 


October 28, 2014


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.