Fall 2016 Catalog

Welcome to the Albany Guardian Society Institute. For the first time, Albany Guardian Society is offering a Senior Technology Training Series, as well as, a Fall schedule of classes in the following categories:

  • Caregiving
  • Consumer Interest
  • 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 2016. Access to the Institutes catalog can be found on the Albany Guardian Society website at www.albanyguardiansociety.org.

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

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


 

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SENIOR TECHNOLOGY TRAINING SERIES

Updated as of 9/14/2016

 

Are you a senior trying to navigate the world of technology, but don’t know where to start? 

Where do you turn for your technology support? Your children or grandchildren? 

Albany Guardian Society is offering a series of technology classes that will teach seniors the basics of technology including terminology, computer usage, tablet features, smartphones, social media and cyber security. 

The series includes six classes offered on Monday afternoons in October and November 2016. 

  • iPad classes are from 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

  • Android classes are from 3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

There is no cost to attend the classes, but registration is required.  Space is very limited. Registrants are asked to commit to attend all classes in the series.


Classes are being held at:

Albany Guardian Society’s Learning Center 
14 Corporate Woods Blvd., Suite 102, Albany, NY.

The classes are being taught by Eleonora Morrell and John Dowley of MicroKnowledge, Inc. Training and Consulting – leaders in senior technology education.

Learning objectives for the series include:

  • To identify technology terms and hardware components

  • To research a topic on the Internet

  • Avoiding scams, computer viruses and cyber attacks

  • To create an email and send a message

  • To create and save a Word document/letter

  • To navigate a smartphone device and understanding the features

  • To navigate Facebook and create a post

Please note:

  • Registrants are asked to register for the device they will be using: either Apple (Mac, iPhone, iPad…) or Android (Samsung Galaxy, LG, Sony…). Please contact Albany Guardian Society if you have a question on which class is best for you.

  • Please bring your Apple or Android device with you to each class.


Session 1:   Technology Overview: What are they talking about? (1.5 hours)

Monday, October 17, 2016

  • iPad Class: 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.  CLASS IS FULL
  • Android Class: 3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

In this demonstration session, learn about technology terms and what they all mean and how they work.  This session will set the foundation for subsequent sessions.

Terminology

  • Overview of tech terms
  • Hardware (laptop, desktop, hard drives, flash drives, tablets, smartphones)
  • Overview of software terms
  • Software (apps, operating software (Windows vs Apple, Microsoft, Adobe)
  • Cloud storage

Technology Security

  • Password protecting your devices

Session 2:   Surfing the Web: Reaching out and learning more. (1.5 hours)

Monday, October 24, 2016

  • iPad Class: 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.  CLASS IS FULL
  • Android Class: 3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

In this session, you will learn to search the Internet for information and entertainment, and connect to people, organizations and interests that are important to you.

Searching on the Internet                               

  • Navigating a web page
  • Clicking links

Searching for Information

  • Communicating         
  • Email (Gmail, Yahoo)
  • Skype and Facetime
  • Staying safe on the Internet and email
  • Should I click or not?
  • Spam and phishing emails
  • Email links

Session 3:   Using an iPad/Using an Android Tablet: They gave me this and I don’t know what to do with it! (1.5 hours)

Monday, October 31, 2016

  • iPad Class: 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.  CLASS IS FULL
  • Android Class: 3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

The iPad/Android 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/Android. Learn about iPad/Android terminology, various parts of the iPad/Android, interacting with the iPad/Android touch screen using gestures, and modifying settings. Explore some of the iPad/Android apps and camera basics. (Apple/Android ID may be needed.)

  • Using Your iPad or Android Tablet                        
  • Navigating your iPad or Android Tablet
  • Opening apps
  • Modifying settings
  • Downloading apps
  • Security

Session 4:   Introduction to Word: Can you send me that recipe? (1.5 hours)

Monday, November 7, 2016

  • iPad Class: 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.  CLASS IS FULL
  • Android Class: 3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Microsoft Word is a popular and user-friendly word processing program that can be used to type a letter to a family member or friend, type up a recipe or create a fun card or flyer.

Introduction to Word

  • What is and why use Word?
  • Typing a letter
  • Editing a letter
  • Basic document formatting
  • Printing a letter

Session 5:   Using your Smartphone (iPhone or Android): I just want to make a phone call! (1.5 hours)

Monday, November 14, 2016

  • iPad Class: 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.  CLASS IS FULL
  • Android Class: 3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Using a smartphone is more than making a phone call. Learn why you might use a smartphone and what you can do with it. Understand the features and benefits of a smartphone, changing settings, and navigating the ins and outs of the smartphone.                       

  • Navigating your phone
  • Opening apps
  • Modifying settings
  • Downloading apps
  • Security

Session 6:   Facebook and Social Media: What in the World is Facebook? (1.5 hours)

Monday, November 21, 2016

  • iPad Class: 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.   CLASS IS FULL
  • Android Class: 3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Facebook is one of the most used social networking sites in the world. Facebook lets you share photos, videos, links, status updates, and much more with your friends. This demonstration session will guide you through understanding Facebook and why you would use it, creating an account, and even creating your first post. A discussion of other social media tools will also be covered.

Overview                                                  

  • What is Facebook
  • Uses for Facebook
  • Risks and rewards

Navigation

  • Facebook environment: Facebook on a Computer vs. Facebook on a Tablet or SmartPhone
  • Create an account
  • Create a post
  • Other social media tools

 

 

 

Items to Remember:

Each user should bring their usernames and passwords, as well as their device for each session.

 Apple

Android/Galaxy

 



SEPTEMBER

28  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

  • Date: Wednesday, September 28, 2016

  • Time: 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

  • Location: Albany Guardian Society, 14 Corporate Woods Blvd., Suite 102, Albany, NY


September 28, 2016


29  Navigating the Maze of Available Senior Services
Are you a senior, caregiver, or professional working with the elderly, and would like to learn about services and organizations that are available to help you? This program will touch on transportation, meals on wheels, respite, income-based programs, and other senior services that will help you understand the options available.

  • Presenter: Anna Gowdy, Community Care Manager, Senior Services of Albany, Albany, NY

  • Date: Thursday, September 29, 2016

  • Time: 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

  • Location: Albany Guardian Society, 14 Corporate Woods Blvd., Suite 102, Albany, NY


 September 29, 2016


29  Gizmos & Gadgets: Handy Devices to Help Seniors Remain Independent
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: Anna Gowdy, Community Care Manager, Senior Services of Albany, Albany, NY

  • Date: Thursday, September 29, 2016

  • Time: 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

  • Location: Albany Guardian Society, 14 Corporate Woods Blvd., Suite 102, Albany, NY


September 29, 2016

OCTOBER

3  Albany Rural Cemetery: History of Our Region
Listen to a presentation and then take a walking tour with Paul Grondahl, author of These Exalted Acres–Unlocking the Secrets of Albany Rural Cemetery, and The History of Albany Guardian Society. Paul will tell the stories of some of the most famous and interesting citizens of Albany and the history of Albany Guardian Society. The presentation will be in the Albany Rural Cemetery chapel and a walking tour will follow.

  • Presenter: Paul Grondahl, Writer, Albany Times Union, Albany, NY

  • Date: Monday, October 3, 2016

  • Time: 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

  • Location: Albany Rural Cemetery’s Chapel, Cemetery Ave. Albany, NY 12204 


October 3, 2016


4  Enjoying Your Garden’s Bounty All Year Long
This class is designed to help gardeners prepare and store the bounty from their garden. Simple instructional demonstrations will be offered on ways to store your late season harvest for the coming fall and winter. Tips for preserving freshness will be shared along with ideas on the best storing techniques for specific fruits and vegetables. Enjoy healthy eating from your garden all year long!

  • Presenter: Katie Doyle, Educator, Capital Roots-Urban Grow Center, Troy, NY

  • Date: Tuesday, October 4, 2016

  • Time: 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

  • Location: Capital Roots-Urban Grow Center, 594 River Street, Troy, NY 


 October 4, 2016


13  Housing for Older Adults: Live Where You Want To Live
Where we live is so important to our health and happiness. To age in place 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 think about housing, and how to start the conversation.

  • Presenters: Beth Burdgick, Executive Director, Glen Eddy, Niskayuna, NY; Jill McLellan Phelps, Director, DePaul Housing Management, Albany, NY

  • Date: Thursday, October 13, 2016

  • Time: 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

  • Location: Albany Guardian Society, 14 Corporate Woods Blvd., Suite 102, Albany, NY


October 13, 2016


18  Downsizing and Organizing for Seniors
Whether moving to a new home or just wanting to pare down, choosing what to keep with a lifetime’s worth of possessions can feel overwhelming. Some alternative ways of thinking can help. This session will cover the stress-free way of downsizing or preparing to move.

  • Presenter: Michelle Kavanaugh, Owner, Organize Senior Moves, Albany, NY

  • Date: Tuesday, October 18, 2016

  • Time: 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

  • Location: Albany Guardian Society, 14 Corporate Woods Blvd., Suite 102, Albany, NY


October 18, 2016


19  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: Lauren Harrington, Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist (CAPS), Nightingale Elder Care, Schenectady, NY

  • Date: Wednesday, October 19, 2016

  • Time: 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

  • Location: Albany Guardian Society, 14 Corporate Woods Blvd., Suite 102, Albany, NY


October 19, 2016


21  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 modifying settings.

  • Presenters: Kathleen Pingelski and Eleonora Morrell, MicroKnowledge, Inc. Training and Consulting, Latham, NY

  • Date: Friday, October 21, 2016

  • Time: 10:00 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.

  • Location: Crossgates Mall, 1st Floor, 1 Crossgates Mall Rd, Guilderland (Note: this class is being offered at the Senior Expo being held at Crossgates Mall on October 21, 2016 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.)


October 21, 2016


21  Effectively Using Your iPhone
Using an iPhone is more than making a phone call. Learn why you might use an iPhone and what you can do with it. Understand the features and benefits of a smartphone, changing settings, send a text and take a picture.

  • Presenters: Kathleen Pingelski and Eleonora Morrell, MicroKnowledge, Inc. Training and Consulting, Latham, NY

  • Date: Friday, October 21, 2016

  • Time: 11:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

  • Location: Crossgates Mall, 1st Floor, 1 Crossgates Mall Rd, Guilderland (Note: this class is being offered at the Senior Expo being held at Crossgates Mall on October 21, 2016 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.)


 October 21, 2016


21  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 modifying settings. Please bring your tablet with you.

  • Presenters: Kathleen Pingelski and Eleonora Morrell, MicroKnowledge, Inc. Training and Consulting, Latham, NY

  • Date: Friday, October 21, 2016

  • Time: 12:00 p.m. – 12:45 p.m.

  • Location: Crossgates Mall, 1st Floor, 1 Crossgates Mall Rd, Guilderland (Note: this class is being offered at the Senior Expo being held at Crossgates Mall on October 21, 2016 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.)


October 21, 2016


27  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 modifying settings. Explore some of the iPad apps and camera basics. Please bring your iPad with you. (Apple ID may be needed.)

  • Presenters: Kathleen Pingelski and Eleonora Morrell, MicroKnowledge, Inc. Training and Consulting, Latham, NY

  • Date: Thursday, October 27, 2016

  • Time: 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

  • Location: Albany Guardian Society, 14 Corporate Woods Blvd., Suite 102, Albany, NY


October 27, 2016

NOVEMBER

8  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. 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

  • Date: Tuesday, November 8, 2016

  • Time: 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

  • Location: Albany Guardian Society, 14 Corporate Woods Blvd., Suite 102, Albany, NY



November 8, 2016


15  Security and Privacy on Your iPad, iPhone, or Mac Computer
Privacy and security on the Internet is a big concern for many seniors. Education is the best defense to protect yourself when using technology. An Apple certified teacher will talk about how you might be tracked on the Internet and what security and privacy features are built into Apple devices that you can choose to use. Please bring your iPhone, iPad and/or Mac computer with you.

  • Presenter: Clea Stagnitti, Apple Certified Instructor

  • Date: Tuesday, November 15, 2016

  • Time: 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

  • Location: Proctors Theatre, Fenimore Gallery, 432 State Street, Schenectady, NY


November 15, 2016


15  Powers of Attorney, Capacity Issues, Guardianship
What can be done 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

  • Date: Tuesday, November 15, 2016

  • Time: 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m

  • Location: Albany Guardian Society, 14 Corporate Woods Blvd., Suite 102, Albany, NY


November 15, 2016


16  Healthy Aging: The Anatomy of Change
During this session we will discuss the normal anatomy and physiology of aging, including cognition, changes in organ function, and response to medications. We will also look at what the evidence says about the diets and exercises that best support these changes.

  • Presenter: Rebecca Stetzer, M.D., Albany Stratton VA Medical Center, Department of Geriatrics, Albany, NY; Baystate Medical Center, Division of Geriatrics, Springfield, MA

  • Date: Wednesday, November 16, 2016

  • Time: 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

  • Location: Albany Guardian Society, 14 Corporate Woods Blvd., Suite 102, Albany, NY


November 16, 2016


29   The Basics: Memory Loss, Dementia and Alzheimer's Disease
This program is designed to provide basic information that everyone needs to know about memory loss issues and what they mean for all of us. The program explores the difference between memory loss brought about by normal aging or Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. 

  • Presenter: Maura Fleming, Capital Region Program Manager, Alzheimer's Association Northeastern New York, Albany, NY

  • Date: Tuesday, November 29, 2016

  • Time: 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

  • Location: Albany Guardian Society, 14 Corporate Woods Blvd., Suite 102, Albany, NY


November 29, 2016


30  Healthy Aging: Primary Prevention
During this session we will review the evidence for those medical interventions designed to keep us healthy, including screening tests (mammograms, colonoscopies, etc.), vitamins/supplements, aspirin, and recent changes toward cholesterol and blood pressure management.

  • Presenter: Rebecca Stetzer, M.D., Albany Stratton VA Medical Center, Department of Geriatrics, Albany, NY; Baystate Medical Center, Division of Geriatrics, Springfield, MA

  • Date: Wednesday, November 30, 2016

  • Time: 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
     
  • Location: Albany Guardian Society, 14 Corporate Woods Blvd., Suite 102, Albany, NY


November 30, 2016 

DECEMBER

1  Introduction to the Village Movement
Since the establishment of Beacon Hill Village in Boston in 2001, Capital District seniors have been interested in forming “Villages” that are membership-driven, grassroots 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 programs and educational activities. Learn how you can be involved in the Village movement.

  • Presenter: Ken Harris, Executive Director, Albany Guardian Society, Albany, NY

  • Date: Thursday, December 1, 2016

  • Time: 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

  • Location: Albany Guardian Society, 14 Corporate Woods Blvd., Suite 102, Albany, NY


December 1, 2016