Fall 2015 Catalog

Welcome to the Albany Guardian Society Institute. Our Fall 2015 semester offers programs in the following broad categories:

  • Caregiving
  • Consumer Interest
  • Housing
  • Legal
  • Professional Development
  • Technology

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 2015. 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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SEPTEMBER

313. 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
  •  Category: Housing
  •  Intended Audience: Older Adults, Caregivers, Aging Services Providers
  •  Date: September 17, 2015
  •  Time: 9:00 am – 10:30 am
  •  Location: Albany Guardian Society, 14 Corporate Woods Blvd., Suite 102,  Albany,  NY


September 17, 2015

204. Brain Health

Research suggests that lifestyle choices may have a more profound impact on brain health than was previously thought. The combination of good nutrition, physical activity, mental stimulation, not smoking, and a varied social network for significant personal interactions all contribute to improved brain health. Learn specific activities to improve your brain health.

  • Presenters: Richard Holub, MD, and  John A. Fairbank, PA, Neurological Associates of Albany, Albany, NY
  • Category: Consumer Interest
  • Intended Audience: Older Adults and Their Families, Caregivers, Aging Services Providers 
  • Date: September 24, 2015 
  • Time: 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
  • Location: Albany Guardian Society, 14 Corporate Woods Blvd., Suite 102, Albany, NY

September 24, 2015

314. 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, Executive Director, Albany Guardian Society, Albany, NY
  • Category: Housing
  • Intended Audience: Older Adults, Caregivers, Aging Services Providers
  • Date: September 29, 2015
  • Time: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
  • Location: Albany Guardian Society, 14 Corporate Woods Blvd., Suite 102, Albany, NY


September 29, 2015


207. Delectable Desserts and Baked Treats the Healthy Way

Celebrate the cooler weather with wholesome baked goods that nourish your body and satisfy your sweet tooth. A variety of tasty samples will be provided, along with instructions on adding beneficial ingredients and alternatives for unhealthy fats and sugars in your desserts and baked treats.

  • Presenter: Katie Doyle, Educator, Capital Roots, Troy, NY
  • Category: Consumer Interest
  • Intended Audience: Open to All
  • Date: September 29, 2015
  • Time: 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
  • Location: Capital Roots, 594 River Street, Troy, NY

September 29, 2015

800. Effectively Using Your iPad (Beginner) 

The iPad is increasingly becoming a convenient tool for seniors to access movies, websites, take pictures, email, FaceTime, use social media, and more. This course will help first-time users become comfortable using their iPad. Learn about iPad terminology, various parts of the iPad, interacting with the iPad touch screen using gestures, and establishing settings. Explore some of the iPad apps and camera basics. (Apple ID may be needed.)

  • Presenters: Kathleen Pingelski and Eleonora Morrell, MicroKnowledge, Inc. Training and Consulting, Latham, NY
  • Category: Technology
  • Intended Audience: Beginner iPad Users
  • Date: September 30, 2015
  • Time: 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
  • Location: Albany Guardian Society, 14 Corporate Woods Blvd., Suite 102, Albany, NY

September 30, 2015

801. Effectively Using your iPad (Intermediate) 

Are you ready to learn more about your iPad? Learn how to read books, listen to music, and use FaceTime. Explore the App Store and download some popular apps. Learn how to organize your iPad screens, type using a virtual keyboard, and additional gestures. (Apple ID may be needed.)

  • Presenters: Kathleen Pingelski and Eleonora Morrell, MicroKnowledge, Inc. Training and Consulting, Latham, NY
  • Category: Technology
  • Intended Audience: Intermediate iPad Users
  • Date: September 30, 2015
  • Time: 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
  • Location: Albany Guardian Society, 14 Corporate Woods Blvd., Suite 102, Albany, NY

September 30, 2015
OCTOBER

424. 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.

  • Presenter: Michelle H. Wildgrube, Esq., Cioffi, Slezak, Wildgrube, PC, Niskayuna, NY
  • Category: Legal
  • Intended Audience: Older Adults and Their Families, Caregivers, Aging Services Providers
  • Date: October 6, 2015
  • Time: 9:00 am – 11:00 am
  • Location: Albany Guardian Society, 14 Corporate Woods Blvd., Suite 102, Albany, NY


October 6, 2015


271. 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 boom 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 MacFarland, Ph.D., Executive Director, Senior Hope Counseling Inc., Albany, NY 
  • Category: Consumer Interest
  • Intended Audience: Adults and Their Families, Caregivers, Aging Services Providers
  • Date: October 6, 2015
  • Time: 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
  • Location: Albany Guardian Society, 14 Corporate Woods Blvd., Suite 102, Albany, NY

October 6, 2015

205. 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 the best time to think about downsizing is now. 

  • Presenter: Helen Volk, B.S., J.D., Beyond Clutter, Cohoes, NY 
  • Category: Consumer Interest
  • Intended Audience: Older Adults and Their Families, Caregivers
  • Date: October 8, 2015
  • Time: 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
  • Location: Albany Guardian Society, 14 Corporate Woods Blvd., Suite 102, Albany, NY


October 8, 2015

206. Medicare and Medicaid: 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.

  • Presenter: Christine Cary, Director, Town of Colonie Senior Resources Department, Colonie, NY
  • Category: Consumer Interest
  • Intended Audience: Older Adults and Their Families, Caregivers, Aging Services Providers
  • Date: October 13, 2015
  • Time: 9:00 am – 11:00 am
  • Location: Albany Guardian Society, 14 Corporate Woods Blvd., Suite 102, Albany, NY

October 13, 2015

802. Effectively Using Your Tablet (Galaxy or Android) (Beginner)

This course will help first-time users become comfortable using their tablet. Learn about tablet terminology, various parts of tablets, interacting with the touch screen using gestures, and establishing settings.  Explore some of the tablet’s apps and camera basics. (Gmail ID may be needed.)

  • Presenters: Kathleen Pingelski and Eleonora Morrell, MicroKnowledge, Inc. Training and Consulting, Latham, NY
  • Category: Technology
  • Intended Audience: Beginner Tablet Users
  • Date: October 15, 2015
  • Time: 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
  • Location: Albany Guardian Society, 14 Corporate Woods Blvd., Suite 102, Albany, NY

October 15, 2015

803. Effectively Using Your Tablet (Galaxy or Android) (Intermediate)

Are you ready to learn more about your tablet? Learn how to read books, listen to music, and use HangOuts. Explore the Google Play Store and download some popular apps. Learn how to organize your tablet’s screens, type using a virtual keyboard and additional gestures. (Gmail ID may be needed.)

  • Presenters: Kathleen Pingelski and Eleonora Morrell, MicroKnowledge, Inc. Training and Consulting, Latham, NY 
  • Category: Technology
  • Intended Audience:  Intermediate Tablet Users
  • Date: October 15, 2015
  • Time: 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
  • Location: Albany Guardian Society, 14 Corporate Woods Blvd., Suite 102, Albany, NY

October 15, 2015

208. Fresh Fall Dishes and Savory Sides

As temperatures drop, turn up the heat in your kitchen with healthy comfort food favorites using fresh and nutritious ingredients. Enjoy an interactive cooking demonstration of savory soups, sides, and other fall inspired fare.

  • Presenter: Katie Doyle, Educator, Capital Roots, Troy, NY
  • Category: Consumer Interest
  • Intended Audience: Open to All
  • Date: October 27, 2015
  • Time: 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
  • Location: Capital Roots, 594 River Street, Troy, NY


October 27, 2015


804. Effectively Using Your iPad (Beginner) 

The iPad is increasingly becoming a convenient tool for seniors to access movies, websites, take pictures, email, FaceTime, use social media, and more. This course will help first time users become comfortable using their iPad. Learn about iPad terminology, various parts of the iPad, interacting with the iPad touch screen using gestures, and establishing settings.  Explore some of the iPad apps and camera basics. (Apple ID may be needed.)

  • Presenters: Kathleen Pingelski and Eleonora Morrell, MicroKnowledge, Inc. Training and Consulting, Latham, NY
  • Category: Technology
  • Intended Audience: Beginner iPad Users
  • Date: October 28, 2015
  • Time: 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
  • Location: Albany Guardian Society, 14 Corporate Woods Blvd., Suite 102, Albany, NY


October 28, 2015


805. Effectively Using Your iPad (Intermediate)  

Are you ready to learn more about your iPad? Learn how to read books, listen to music and use FaceTime. Explore the App Store and download some popular apps. Learn how to organize your iPad screens, type using a virtual keyboard, and additional gestures. (Apple ID may be needed.)

  • Presenters: Kathleen Pingelski and Eleonora Morrell, MicroKnowledge, Inc. Training and Consulting, Latham, NY 
  • Category: Technology
  • Intended Audience: Intermediate iPad Users
  • Date: October 28, 2015
  • Time: 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
  • Location: Albany Guardian Society, 14 Corporate Woods Blvd., Suite 102, Albany, NY

October 28, 2015

215. Understanding and Caring for People with Low Vision or Vision Loss 

Learn about the four leading causes of vision loss in older adults; what they ‘look’ like; early warning signs; adaptive support strategies and available resources such as vision rehabilitation, adaptive aids, and community resources. The Senior Adaptive Living Program for legally blind adults, primarily state funded, will also be discussed.  

  • Presenter: Cheryl Lawyer, Outreach Coordinator, Rehabilitation Services for the Northeastern Association of the Blind at Albany, Inc., Albany, NY
  • Category: Consumer Interest
  • Intended Audience: Older Adults and Their Families, Caregivers, Aging Services Providers 
  • Date: October 29, 2015
  • Time: 9:00 am – 10:30 am
  • Location: Albany Guardian Society, 14 Corporate Woods Blvd., Suite 102, Albany, NY

October 29, 2015
NOVEMBER

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

Learn how the EPIC program provides secondary coverage to Medicare Part D, and how EPIC might fit into your or a client's health care coverage. This program will provide important information during the Medicare open enrollment period which runs from October 15 to December 7, 2015. Please note that EPIC is a state program and seniors can enroll at any time during the year.

  • Presenter: Laura Mulvihill, NYS EPIC Outreach Representative, Magellan Health Services, NYS EPIC, Albany, NY  
  • Category: Consumer Interest
  • Intended Audience: Older Adults and Their Families, Caregivers, Aging Services Providers 
  • Date: November 4, 2015
  • Time: 9:00 am – 10:30 am
  • Location: Albany Guardian Society, 14 Corporate Woods Blvd., Suite 102, Albany, NY


November 4, 2015


225. Village Movement in the Capital District

Since the establishment of Beacon Hill Village in Boston in 2001, Capital District seniors have been interested in forming “Villages” that are membership-driven, grass-roots organizations that, through both volunteers and paid staff, coordinate access to affordable services to assist aging in place. These services can include recreational, health and wellness programs, home repairs, social and educational activities, and other day-to-day needs enabling individuals to remain connected to their community throughout the aging process. Learn how you can be involved in the Village movement. 

  • Presenter: Ken Harris, Executive Director, Albany Guardian Society, Albany, NY
  • Category: Consumer Interest
  • Intended Audience: Older Adults and Aging Services Providers
  • Date: November 4, 2015
  • Time: 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
  • Location: Honest Weight Food Co-op, 100 Watervliet Avenue, Albany, NY

November 4, 2015

432. 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
  • Category: Legal
  • Intended Audience: Older Adults and Their Families, Caregivers, Aging Services Providers 
  • Date: November 5, 2015
  • Time: 9:00 am – 11:00 am
  • Location: Albany Guardian Society, 14 Corporate Woods Blvd., Suite 102, Albany, NY  

November 5, 2015

242. Resources for Improving Your Health Care Experience 

Learn and practice the skills to navigate your health care. Develop the confidence to advocate for your concerns and experience better health outcomes. This program will help you evaluate your health care facility options, build your health care team, and prepare for your visit. Participants will also receive helpful checklists and communication tools.  

  • Presenters: Beth van Bladel, CPA, Capital Region Patient Advocacy, Albany, NY
  • Category: Consumer Interest
  • Intended Audience: Older Adults, Caregivers, Aging Services Providers
  • Date: November 12, 2015
  • Time: 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
  • Location: Albany Guardian Society, 14 Corporate Woods Blvd., Suite 102, Albany, NY

November 12, 2015

806. Smile: Using the Camera on Your Mobile Device 

More and more people are forgoing a “regular” camera for the cameras on their mobile devices. These cameras can take as high quality photos as many high-end digital cameras. During this session we will explore some of the settings and modes for taking photos, how to edit photos, and how to share photos. We will also review various options for storing, organizing, and printing the photos. Additional topics may include how to work with photos that are sent to your mobile device. (Apple ID or Gmail ID may be needed.)  

  • Presenters: Kathleen Pingelski and Eleonora Morrell, MicroKnowledge, Inc. Training and Consulting, Latham, NY
  • Category: Technology
  • Intended Audience: Intermediate iPad Users
  • Date: November 17, 2015
  • Time: 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
  • Location: Albany Guardian Society, 14 Corporate Woods Blvd., Suite 102, Albany, NY

November 17, 2015

117. 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, Community Care Manager, Senior Services of Albany, Albany, NY
  • Category: Caregiving
  • Intended Audience: Caregivers, Older Adults, Aging Services Providers
  • Date: November 19, 2015
  • Time: 9:00 am – 11:00 am
  • Location: Albany Guardian Society, 14 Corporate Woods Blvd., Suite 102, Albany, NY


November 19, 2015

135. Gizmos & Gadgets: Handy Devices to Help Caregivers

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

  • Presenter: Elisa Strole, Community Care Manager, Senior Services of Albany, Albany, NY
  • Category: Caregiving
  • Intended Audience: Caregivers and Their Families, Older Adults
  • Date: November 19, 2015
  • Time: 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
  • Location: Albany Guardian Society, 14 Corporate Woods Blvd., Suite 102, Albany, NY

November 19, 2015
DECEMBER

701. Event Planning as Part of Your Organization’s Development Plan

Determine your organization’s readiness for executing a new event and/or growing an existing event. Avoid common mistakes and understand how events fit within your overall development plan. 

  • Presenters: Christine Sisto Mertes and Eileen Handelman, Principals, Capital Affairs, LLC, Albany, NY
  • Category: Professional Development
  • Intended Audience:  Service Providers, Not-for-Profit Board Members
  • Date: December 1, 2015
  • Time: 9:00 am – 11:00 am
  • Location: Albany Guardian Society, 14 Corporate Woods Blvd., Suite 102, Albany, NY

December 1, 2015