Fall 2019 Catalog

The Albany Guardian Society 2019 Fall Institute semester offers programs in the following broad categories:

  • Caregiving
  • Health
  • Housing
  • Legal
  • Professional Development
  • Technology

These categories offer a variety of selections on topics of importance to a wide audience. Access to the Institute’s catalog and class registration can be found on the Albany Guardian Society website at www.albanyguardiansociety.org.

To register online, simply press the “Register Button” next to the course description and complete the registration form. If you are unable to complete the online registration, please contact Albany Guardian Society.

There is no cost to attend these programs, however, registration is required for each course you wish to attend. If you have any questions regarding the Institute or are unable to attend a class once you have registered, please call Albany Guardian Society at 518-434-2140 or email ags@albanyguardiansociety.org.

SEPTEMBER

Boning Up on Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis and fractures can greatly impact a person’s life. BOTH women and men do lose bone density as we age. Join us to learn about bones, calcium, fracture prevention, and osteoporosis medications. Let’s keep our bones strong.

  • Presenter: Mary Pat Roy, M.D., Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism, Stratton VA Medical Center
  • Date: Monday, September 9, 2019
  • Time: 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
  • Location: Albany Guardian Society, 14 Corporate Woods Blvd., Suite 102, Albany, NY

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September 9, 2019


Your Wealth, Your Family, Your Legacy – Planning Your Retirement

Whether you have already retired, or retirement is in your future, this class will present a no-sales overview of what you need to consider in retirement. Topics to be covered include: • Retirement is one of the most important decisions of your life. • What will your lifestyle look like? • What are some of the most important considerations you may want to think about? This session will be an open discussion reviewing various choices and concerns people face when planning for and during retirement along with certain risks and perspectives associated with those decisions.

  • Presenters: Bradley R. Konopaske, CFP, President and Laura Fedor, CFP, Vice President, Empire Asset Management Group, LLC
  • Date: Tuesday, September 10, 2019
  • Time: 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
  • Location: Albany Guardian Society, 14 Corporate Woods Blvd., Suite 102, Albany, NY

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September 10, 2019


Technology Overview: What Device Is Right for Me?

Demystify the terms used to describe today’s technology. What makes this such a SmartPhone? Learn about the differences between a SmartPhone, Tablet and Laptop. Hear terms like WiFi, Data, Bluetooth, Memory, USB, Virtual Keyboards, the Cloud, Texting, Streaming, Skype, FaceTime, Facebook, Pandora, Chrome, Apps and Software all explained by skilled instructors in an easy, practical way to ensure understanding. Discover how you can harness the power of these devices to get the most out today’s amazing technology! This is a demonstration only class. Participants are welcome to bring their own devices, but the session is not hands on.

  • Presenter: Eleonora Morrell, Training and Development Specialist, MicroKnowledge, Inc.
  • Date: Wednesday, September 11, 2019
  • Time: 9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
  • Location: The Colonie Public Library, 629 Albany Shaker Road, Loudonville, NY
    (See Directions Below)

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September 11, 2019


Introduction to Meditation

Curious about meditation? Looking for ways to support an ongoing practice? Join us to learn more about the benefits of meditation for mind and body. This class will explore how meditation can help break the “stress cycle” and practice some simple techniques you can use every day to create ease, boost creativity and make life more joyful. No previous experience needed – just bring an open mind.

  • Presenter: Judith England, RN, Health Educator, Kripalu Yoga Instructor
  • Date: Thursday, September 12, 2019
  • Time: 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
  • Location: Albany Guardian Society, 14 Corporate Woods Blvd, Suite 102, Albany, NY

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September 12, 2019


Wills, Health Care Proxies, Living Wills, and 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 which allows 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 Wildgrube, Esq., Cioffi, Slezak, Wildgrube, PC
  • Date: Thursday, September 12, 2019
  • Time: 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
  • Location: Albany Guardian Society, 14 Corporate Woods Blvd., Suite 102, Albany, NY

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September 12, 2019


Effectively using your iPhone (Beginner) – Apple

Learn how to use your iPhone to make a phone call, send text messages, send emails, set reminders, manage your calendar, and even take pictures.

  • Presenters: Eleonora Morrell and John Dowley, Training and Development Specialists, MicroKnowledge, Inc.
  • Date: Monday, September 16, 2019
  • Time: 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
  • Location: Albany Guardian Society, 14 Corporate Woods Blvd., Suite 102, Albany, NY

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September 16, 2019


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: LifePath Representative (formerly Senior Services of Albany)
  • Date: Tuesday, September 17, 2019
  • Time: 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
  • Location: Albany Guardian Society, 14 Corporate Woods Blvd., Suite 102, Albany, NY

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September 17, 2019


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.

  • Presenter: Lauren Harrington, Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist, Community Relations Manager, Touching Hearts at Home
  • Date: Tuesday, September 17, 2019
  • Time: 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
  • Location: Albany Guardian Society, 14 Corporate Woods Blvd., Suite 102, Albany, NY

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September 17, 2019


Balance and Falls: Strategies and Exercises to Prevent Falling

Learn how to maintain your balance and prevent falls with this interactive workshop. You will learn how your body’s systems maintain balance, how to assess your balance, and strategies and exercises that have been proven to improve balance to prevent falls.

  • Presenter: Brett Sears, PT, Cert. MDT, owner, Capital Region Physical Therapy, PLLC
  • Date: Monday, September 23, 2019
  • Time: 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
  • Location: Albany Guardian Society, 14 Corporate Woods Blvd., Suite 102, Albany, NY

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September 23, 2019


Get Your Affairs in Order (So Your Kids Don’t Have To)

All of us should take time to organize our important paperwork, health directives and home before a crisis occurs. Getting our ducks in a row provides a great amount of stress relief and prevents a ton of aggravation for those who will come after us. This presentation reviews what vital documents one should have, how to organize pertinent health information and document health wishes, how to begin to declutter and prepare for downsizing, and how to initiate the all-important conversation with loved ones.

  • Presenter: Lynda Shrager, OTR, MSW
  • Date: Monday, September 23, 2019
  • Time: 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
  • Location: East Greenbush Community Library, 10 Community Way, East Greenbush, NY
    (See Directions Below)

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September 23, 2019


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 Anastasi, Owner, Organize Senior Moves
  • Date: Thursday, September 26, 2019
  • Time: 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
  • Location: Albany Guardian Society, 14 Corporate Woods Blvd., Suite 102, Albany, NY

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September 26, 2019


Eat Right When Money is Tight

Learn ways to spend less on food without sacrificing taste or nutrition in this interactive workshop. Develop strategy to reduce food waste, plan ahead better and shop smarter. This presentation will include resources on great websites and planning tools.

  • Presenter: Karen Roberts Mort, MS, Resource Educator, Foods and Nutrition, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Albany County
  • Date: Thursday, September 26, 2019
  • Time: 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
  • Location: Albany Guardian Society, 14 Corporate Woods Blvd., Suite 102, Albany, NY

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September 26, 2019


OCTOBER

Taking, Editing, Storing, & Viewing Photos Using your iPhone or iPad

Taking photos, videos, portraits and “selfies” with your mobile phone and your tablet is convenient and great fun. In this session you will learn the different options for picture taking and how to use the photo editing features of your device. This session also covers photo storage options to help you optimize the storage capacity of your device.

  • Presenters: Eleonora Morrell and John Dowley, Training and Development Specialists, MicroKnowledge, Inc.
  • Date: Tuesday, October 1, 2019
  • Time: 12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
  • Location: Albany Guardian Society, 14 Corporate Woods Blvd., Suite 102, Albany, NY

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October 1, 2019


Taking, Editing, Storing, & Viewing Photos Using your Android Smartphone or Tablet

Taking photos, videos, portraits and “selfies” with your mobile phone and your tablet is convenient and great fun. In this session you will learn the different options for picture taking and how to use the photo editing features of your device. This session also covers photo storage options to help you optimize the storage capacity of your device.

  • Presenters: Eleonora Morrell and John Dowley, Training and Development Specialists, MicroKnowledge, Inc.
  • Date: Tuesday, October 1, 2019
  • Time: 2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  • Location: Albany Guardian Society, 14 Corporate Woods Blvd., Suite 102, Albany, NY

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October 1, 2019


Pre-Planning Your Funeral: Things to Consider

Funerals do not have to be organized in a hurry by grieving relatives. This class will present an in depth look at the multitude of choices and options that are available to pre-arrange your funeral. Discussion topics will include veteran’s benefits, cremation and burial options, Medicaid spend down requirements, detailed costs and the peace of mind that is the primary benefit of pre-arranging.

  • Presenters: John Cannon & Glenn Ward, Funeral Directors & Co-owners, Cannon Funeral Home
  • Date: Thursday, October 3, 2019
  • Time: 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
  • Location: Albany Guardian Society, 14 Corporate Woods Blvd., Suite 102, Albany, NY

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October 3, 2019


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.

  • Presenter: Richard Holub, M.D., Neurological Associates of Albany, PC
  • Date: Friday, October 4, 2019
  • Time: 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
  • Location: Albany Guardian Society, 14 Corporate Woods Blvd., Suite 102, Albany, NY

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October 4, 2019


Effectively Using Your iPad - Apple - 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. (Bring your Apple ID and password.)

  • Presenters: Eleonora Morrell and John Dowley, Training and Development Specialists, MicroKnowledge, Inc.
  • Date: Monday, October 7, 2019
  • Time: 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
  • Location: Albany Guardian Society, 14 Corporate Woods Blvd., Suite 102, Albany, NY

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October 7, 2019


Positive Aging

An author of several books, Ellen Cole will present her 8-year research project on positive aging for women (which is relevant and interesting to men, too). She will share what a cross-section of diverse women have said about their lives, the challenges and the joys and conclude with what we can learn about thriving in one’s 8th decade and beyond.

  • Presenter: Ellen Cole, PhD
  • Date: Tuesday, October 8, 2019
  • Time: 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
  • Location: Albany Guardian Society, 14 Corporate Woods Blvd., Suite 102, Albany, NY

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October 8, 2019


Coping with Grief and Loss

The only constant in life is change, and the process of aging includes both death-related and non-death losses. If you are interested in learning about common reactions to loss and factors that influence how people deal with grief, come to this presentation to gain information that may help you to cope with the losses in your own life or help you to support family members or friends who are grieving. Myths about grief will be debunked and strategies to cope with loss will be discussed.

  • Presenter: Carla Sofka, PH.D., MSW, Professor of Social Work, Siena College
  • Date: Tuesday, October 8, 2019
  • Time: 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
  • Location: Guilderland Public Library, 2228 Western Ave, Guilderland, NY
    (See Directions Below)

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October 8, 2019


The Village Movement in the Capital Region

The “Village” movement was founded with the idea of “neighbors helping neighbors” with the goal of seniors remaining independent in their homes. Villages are membership-driven, grassroots, nonprofit organizations run by volunteers and/or paid staff that coordinate access to a variety of services including transportation, home repairs, and social events. Learn how and where Villages are being developed in the Capital Region.

  • Presenter: Ken Harris, Executive Director, Albany Guardian Society
  • Date: Tuesday, October 15, 2019
  • Time: 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
  • Location: Guilderland Public Library, 2228 Western Ave., Guilderland, NY
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October 15, 2019


Understanding Medicare

This presentation will cover everything you need to know about Medicare (and more) including: Medicare Part A and Part B, Medigap/Medicare Supplement Insurance, Medicare Advantage/Medicare Health Plans, Medicare Part D prescription drug coverage (including Extra Help/Low Income Subsidy), EPIC and the Medicare Savings Programs. Understand your Medicare options for 2018 in time for the Fall Annual Enrollment Period and get your Medicare questions answered.

  • Presenter: Eric Hausman, Independent Consultant
  • Date: Thursday, October 17, 2019
  • Time: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • Location: Carondelet Hospitality Center, 385 Watervliet Shaker Road, Latham, NY
    (See Directions Below)

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October 17, 2019


Gizmos & Gadgets: Handy Devices to Help Seniors Remain Independent

Learn about products and devices that can help people as they age. This 45 minute program will demonstrate many useful tools and products to help older adults remain independent.

  • Presenter: LifePath Representative (formerly Senior Services of Albany)
  • Date: Friday, October 18, 2019
  • Time: 10:00 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.
  • Location: Senior Expo, Crossgates Mall, 1 Crossgates Mall Rd., 1st Floor, Guilderland, NY
    (See Directions Below)

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October 18 – Senior Expo, 2019


Introduction to Technology Devices

What is the difference between an iPod and an iPad? What is a Smartphone? So many devices in this new world of technology! Learn what device is best for you and how you can harness the power of technology and use it to your best advantage. This class will cover device options, communication methods, and more.

  • Presenter: Eleonora Morrell, Training and Development Specialist, MicroKnowledge, Inc.
  • Date: Friday, October 18, 2019
  • Time: 11:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
  • Location: Senior Expo, Crossgates Mall, 1 Crossgates Mall Rd., 1st Floor, Guilderland, NY
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October 18 – Senior Expo, 2019


Buying and Selling on the Internet

Learn how to set up an account to buy and sell on the internet, how to price and advertise an item to sell, how to negotiate and/or bid for an item to you want to buy. You will be introduced to the most popular commerce sites on the internet, the top ten items to sell on eBay, selling on Amazon, how to be successful and protect yourself on Craig’s List and how to set up a PayPal account to manage transactions. This is a demonstration only class. Participants are welcome to bring their own devices, but the session is not hands on.

  • Presenters: Eleonora Morrell and John Dowley, Training and Development Specialists, MicroKnowledge, Inc.
  • Date: Monday, October 21, 2019
  • Time: 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
  • Location: Albany Guardian Society, 14 Corporate Woods Blvd., Suite 102, Albany, NY

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October 21, 2019


Effectively using your iPhone (Intermediate)

Do you want to do more than make phone calls with your iPhone? Learn to use Keychain to keep track of passwords, make voice memos, navigate the internet, use accessibility features, explore the Health App, meet your virtual assistant Siri, and more. (Apple ID and Password may be needed)

  • Presenters: Eleonora Morrell and John Dowley, Training and Development Specialists, MicroKnowledge, Inc.
  • Date: Tuesday, October 22, 2019
  • Time: 9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
  • Location: Albany Guardian Society, 14 Corporate Woods Blvd., Suite 102, Albany, NY

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October 22, 2019


Transportation Options for Seniors

Having reliable transportation can be a key to independence. Staff from the Capital District Transportation Committee will discuss the new “Senior Transportation Guide” created with Albany Guardian Society. Capital District Transportation Authority (CDTA) staff will review information on bus routes and schedules and explain how to use the CDTA system. CDTA’s STAR program manager will discuss STAR (Special Transit Available by Request) which is eligible to people unable to use CDTA’s buses because of a disability or impairment. New transportation options like Uber and Lyft will also be covered.

  • Presenters: Carrie Ward, Senior Transportation Planner, Capital District Transportation Committee and Onicela Cedeno, Travel Trainer and Tanya Pitts, STAR Certification Manager, Capital District Transportation Authority (CDTA)
  • Date: Thursday, October 24, 2019
  • Time: 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
  • Location: Albany Guardian Society, 14 Corporate Woods Blvd., Suite 102, Albany, NY

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October 24, 2019


It’s an All New Library

Did you know your local public library offers so much more than your favorite mystery novels these days? This session will give you an overview of free innovative digital services that are available at libraries today, including OverDrive for ebooks and digital audiobooks; Flipster for digital magazines; Ancestry for genealogy research; Mango to learn a new language; and even a mobile app to manage your library account on the go. Libraries also lend unique materials like fishing poles, cake tins, video cameras, telescopes, and more! This class will cover libraries in Albany and Rensselaer counties only.

  • Presenter: Natalie Hurteau, LMS Adult & Outreach Services, Upper Hudson Library System
  • Date: Thursday, October 24, 2019
  • Time: 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
  • Location: Albany Guardian Society, 14 Corporate Woods Blvd., Suite 102, Albany, NY

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October 24, 2019


Enriching Your Life with Podcasts

With Podcasts you can listen on your own schedule to the latest in politics and culture, interviews with your favorite celebrities, serial dramas, and comedy. In this session you will learn about the great variety of podcasts and podcast apps, how to subscribe to them and download episodes for free. This is a demonstration only class. Participants are welcome to bring their own devices, but the session is not hands on.

  • Presenters: Eleonora Morrell and John Dowley, Training and Development Specialists, MicroKnowledge, Inc.
  • Date: Monday, October 28, 2019
  • Time: 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
  • Location: Albany Guardian Society, 14 Corporate Woods Blvd., Suite 102, Albany, NY

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October 28, 2019


Arthritis: Shaped by Father Time, Transformed by Mother Nature

The majority of us will have either arthralgias--joint pains--and/or arthritis--joint swelling--in our lives. The two conditions may reflect whether you have a "mechanical" condition like osteoarthritis or an autoimmune condition like rheumatoid arthritis. In this interactive presentation, Dr. Ngo will not only walk you through the differences, but more importantly, guide you on how to do something about it.

  • Presenter: Dr. Khoa Richard Ngo, DO, second year Rheumatology fellow at Albany Medical Center
  • Date: Tuesday, October 29, 2019
  • Time: 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
  • Location: Albany Guardian Society, 14 Corporate Woods Blvd., Suite 102, Albany, NY

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October 29, 2019


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 how to 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: Eleonora Morrell and John Dowley, Training and Development Specialists, MicroKnowledge, Inc.
  • Date: Wednesday, October 30, 2019
  • Time: 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
  • Location: Albany Guardian Society, 14 Corporate Woods Blvd., Suite 102, Albany, NY

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October 30, 2019


A Caregiver's Halloween: Health and Wellness "tricks" That Will "treat" Your Brain and Body for the Caregiving Journey

Don't be too "spooked" to come to this interactive presentation that will focus on caregiver health and wellness. When someone else depends on you, it can be "terrifying" and rewarding all at the same time. No hocus pocus or magic wands - taking care of yourself is an important part of the caregiving experience. Bring an open mind, your "spirit" of adventure and sense of humor for this Spooktacular presentation for caregivers.

  • Presenter: Mary Moller, MSW, CAS, Program Specialist, Center for Excellence for Alzheimer’s Disease, Alzheimer’s Center at Albany Medical Center
  • Date: Thursday, October 31, 2019
  • Time: 1:30 pm. – 3:30 p.m.
  • Location: Albany Guardian Society, 14 Corporate Woods Blvd., Suite 102, Albany, NY

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October 31, 2019


NOVEMBER

Hospital Patient Rights: Understanding and Surviving New Policies for Admissions, Discharges, and Observation Status and How to Protect Your Rights

It is important for older persons and caregivers to know about patients’ rights. Participants will learn how to appeal a premature discharge or file a complaint about quality of care or a patient safety problem. This will include information on the new Medicare Outpatient Observation Status Notice requirements. Tools will be provided to help participants compare the quality of hospitals, doctors, nursing homes, or home care providers to select the best one to meet their needs.

  • Presenter: Marcus Harazin, M.S., Coordinator, New York Statewide Senior Action Council Inc.
  • Date: Monday, November 4, 2019
  • Time: 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
  • Location: Albany Guardian Society, 14 Corporate Woods Blvd., Suite 102, Albany, NY

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November 4, 2019


Senior Frauds, Scams, and Cybersecurity

A discussion on how to avoid scams, frauds, and identity theft that target senior citizens. Internet safety and security will also be covered.

  • Presenters: John Van Voris, Senior Consumer Frauds Representative, New York State Attorney General’s Office and Eleonora Morrell, Training and Development Specialist, MicroKnowledge, Inc.
  • Date: Wednesday, November 6, 2019
  • Time: 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
  • Location: Albany Guardian Society, 14 Corporate Woods Blvd., Suite 102, Albany, NY

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November 6, 2019


Understanding Home Health Care Services that are Available

Most people want to stay in their home for as long as possible. There is a variety of home health care services available in the home setting. It can be confusing to figure out who qualifies for what, what services are provided and how it is paid for. This session will break down the differences and help you plan your or your loved one's needs. Why wait for the crisis - it's never too early to know your options.

  • Presenter: Caitlyn St. George, Marketing Supervisor, the Eddy Community Service Division
  • Date: Wednesday, November 6, 2019
  • Time: 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
  • Location: Albany Guardian Society, 14 Corporate Woods Blvd., Suite 102, Albany, NY

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November 6, 2019


Powers of Attorney, Capacity Issues, and 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 Vella, Esq. and Aaron Carbone, Esq., Vella, Carbone & Associates
  • Date: Thursday, November 7, 2019
  • Time: 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
  • Location: Albany Guardian Society, 14 Corporate Woods Blvd., Suite 102, Albany, NY

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November 7, 2019


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: Jill McLellan Phelps, Director, DePaul Housing Management and Andrea Hebert, Vice President, Eddy Senior Living and Executive Director, The Glen at Hiland Meadows
  • Date: Tuesday, November 12, 2019
  • Time: 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
  • Location: Albany Guardian Society, 14 Corporate Woods Blvd., Suite 102, Albany, NY

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November 12 , 2019


Introduction to Nanotechnology

Representatives of SUNY Polytechnic Institute will discuss the field of nanotechnology and its applications in everyday life--electronics, medicine, energy and more - via a presentation and hands on demonstrations.

  • Presenters: Elaine Garrett, Public Education & Outreach Coordinator and Stephen Stewart, Instructional Support Technician, SUNY Polytechnic Institute
  • Date: Wednesday, November 13, 2019
  • Time: 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
  • Location: Albany Guardian Society, 14 Corporate Woods Blvd., Suite 102, Albany, NY

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November 13, 2019


Maintaining Resilience While Aging: Perspectives from a Geriatrician

This talk will review normal changes of aging and what studies tell us about how diet, exercise and supplements can support us physically and cognitively. We will review important ways to support ourselves through the changes of aging, questions to ask your doctor, and thoughts about navigating the medical system. There will be ample time for questions and discussion.

  • Presenter: Rebecca Stetzer, M.D., Albany Stratton VA Medical Center, Dept. of Geriatrics
  • Date: Thursday, November 14, 2019
  • Time: 9:30 a.m. –11:30 a.m.
  • Location: Albany Guardian Society, 14 Corporate Woods Blvd., Suite 102, Albany, NY

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November 14, 2019


What to Think About When Choosing a Nursing Home: How to Make the Right Choice!

Choosing a nursing home for a family member is one of the most difficult decisions we have to make, and is it often made without any preparation, guidance or information. The presentation will focus on the resources available to assist an individual in choosing a nursing home, the observations that should be made, and the questions that should be asked, in determining if this is the right choice for your loved one.

  • Presenter: Elliott Frost, ProCare Consultant, LeadingAge New York
  • Date: Monday, November 18, 2019
  • Time: 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
  • Location: Albany Guardian Society, 14 Corporate Woods Blvd., Suite 102, Albany, NY

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November 18, 2019


Assisted Living Options and How to Select the Right One for Your Needs

This presentation will help seniors and their loved ones understand the array of local “assisted living” options and consider when those services are appropriate or when other options might be explored. There will be a discussion on the different categories of licensure, how these services are paid for, and what you will need to enter assisted living. Participants will leave with a sense of what they should consider or ask about when selecting the right option for them.

  • Presenter: Diane Darbyshire, Senior Policy Analyst, LeadingAge New York
  • Date: Tuesday, November 19, 2019
  • Time: 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
  • Location: Albany Guardian Society, 14 Corporate Woods Blvd., Suite 102, Albany, NY

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November 19, 2019


Hearing Loss in Seniors

This program will include a discussion on the ear and hearing system. Hearing Loss will be covered along with an overview of amplification and hearing aids, assistive listening devices and Blue Tooth technology.

  • Presenter: Tricia Doyle, AuD, Albany ENT & Allergy Services, PC; Doctor of Audiology; member of the American Academy of Doctors of Audiology
  • Date: Tuesday, November 19, 2019
  • Time: 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
  • Location: Albany Guardian Society, 14 Corporate Woods Blvd., Suite 102, Albany, NY

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November 19, 2019


Independent Living with Aging Vision

In this presentation you will learn about the four leading causes of vision loss in older adults, early warning signs, adaptive support strategies and available resources including vision rehabilitation and adaptive aids. An activity to simulate the changes in vision will be part of the class to better understand what your spouse, friend or loved one is experiencing.

  • Presenter: Lisa Jordan, Coordinator of Outreach Services and Marketing, Northeastern Association of the Blind at Albany (NABA)
  • Date: Wednesday, November 20, 2019
  • Time: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • Location: Clifton Park Halfmoon Library, 475 Moe Rd., Clifton Park, NY
    (See Directions Below)

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November 20, 2019





Directions

To:

Albany Guardian Society
14 Corporate Woods Blvd., Suite 102
Albany, NY 12211
518-434-2140

From the North:

  • Travel south on I-87. Take the I-90E / I-87S / I-90W exit, exit 1, towards Albany/Boston/New York/Buffalo.
  • Keep left at fork in the ramp to go to I-90 East.
  • Stay straight to go onto ramp. Merge onto I-90 East.
  • Take Corporate Woods Blvd. exit, exit 5A.
  • Go through traffic light at end of exit ramp and at third driveway on the left, (look for the #14 sign) turn left into parking lot of 14 Corporate Woods Blvd.

From the South:

  • Travel north on New York State Thruway. Take Exit 23 (I-787 / US 9W) towards Albany/Troy.
  • Keep left at the fork in the ramp and merge onto I-787 North.
  • Take I-90 exit, exit 5, towards Buffalo/Boston.
  • Keep left at the fork in the ramp (to west – Buffalo).
  • Merge onto I-90, traveling west.
  • Take Corporate Woods Blvd. exit, exit 5A.
  • Go through traffic light at end of exit ramp and at third driveway on the left (look for the #14 sign) turn left into parking lot of 14 Corporate Woods Blvd.

From the East:

  • Travel west on I-90 to Corporate Woods Blvd. exit, exit 5A.
  • Go through traffic light at end of exit ramp and at third driveway on the left (look for the #14 sign) turn left into parking lot of 14 Corporate Woods Blvd.

From the West:

  • Travel east on New York State Thruway to Exit 24. Follow signs for I-90 East.
  • Travel I-90 East to Corporate Woods Blvd. exit, exit 5A.
  • Go through traffic light at end of exit ramp and at third driveway on the left (look for the #14 sign) turn left into parking lot of 14 Corporate Woods Blvd.

To:

Carondelet Hospitality Center
385 Watervliet Shaker Rd.
Latham, NY 12110
518-783-3500

From the NYS Thruway Exit 24:

  • Northway (Route 87) north to exit #6.
  • Route 2 East (toward Watervliet) for a little over two miles, crossing Route 9 traffic circle mid-way.
  • Right on Delatour Rd., at the traffic light immediately after passing closed K-Mart located on the left. The Sherwin Williams paint store is on the corner.
  • The entrance to Carondelet Hospitality Center is on Delatour Rd., between Watervliet Shaker Road and Route 2 in Latham.

To:

Clifton Park/ Halfmoon Public Library
475 Moe Rd.
Clifton Park, NY 12065
518-371-8622

From the South

  • Take I-87 North (The Northway).
  • Take the Grooms Rd exit, exit 8A.
  • Turn left onto Grooms Rd./County Hwy-91 (If you reach 1-87 N you’ve gone about .2 miles too far.)
  • Turn right onto Moe Rd. (Moe Rd. is .3 miles after Jarose Place) (If you reach Grooms Pointe Dr. you’ve gone about .1 mile too far.)
  • The Library will be on the right.

From the North

  • Take I- 87 South (The Northway.)
  • Merge onto Route 146/NY-146 W via exit 9W toward Clifton Park.
  • Turn left onto Moe Rd. Moe Rd is 0.1 miles past Crestmont Dr. (If you reach Emma Ln. you've gone about 0.1 miles too far.)
  • 475 Moe Rd. is on the left. (Your destination is 0.1 miles past Tracey Ct.) (If you reach Clifton Park Center Rd. you've gone about 0.1 miles too far.)

To:

Colonie Public Library
629 Albany Shaker Road
Loudonville, NY 12211
518-458-9274

The library is located off exit 4 of the Adirondack Northway (I-87) at 629 Albany-Shaker Rd.

From the South

  • Take exit 4 and turn left at the ramp onto Wolf Road at the next light take a right onto Albany Shaker Rd.
  • Follow Albany Shaker Rd. past the library to the traffic circle.
  • Exit the circle onto New Maxwell Rd.
  • Take your first left onto Field Dr. to enter the library parking lot.

From the North

  • Take exit 4, where the road splits bear right.
  • At the light at the end of the ramp turn left onto Rt. 155.
  • At the next light turn left onto Albany Shaker Rd.
  • Follow Albany Shaker Rd. past the library to the traffic circle.
  • Exit the circle onto New Maxwell Rd.
  • Take your first left onto Field Dr. to enter the library parking lot.

When coming south on Maxwell Road, bear left and enter the new road going toward the library; pass the sign for the Times Union on the right; watch for a large blue sign on the right announcing the entrance to the library; turn right into the library entrance.

To:

Crossgates Mall
1 Crossgates Mall Rd.
Guilderland, NY 12203
518-869-3522

From I 90 West

  • Merge onto I-90 W.
  • Take exit 1S toward US-20/Western Ave.
  • Merge onto Adirondack Northway S.
  • Take the Crossgates Mall Rd. exit.
  • Turn slight left onto Crossgates Mall Rd.
  • 1 Crossgates Mall Rd. is on the right.

From 87 North

  • Take the Crossgates Mall Rd. exit.
  • Turn slight left onto Crossgates Mall Rd.
  • 1 Crossgates Mall Rd. is on the right.

From the Thruway (87 South)

  • Take exit 1S toward US-20/Western Ave.
  • Merge onto Adirondack Northway S.
  • Take the Crossgates Mall Rd. exit.
  • Turn slight left onto Crossgates Mall Rd.
  • 1 Crossgates Mall Rd. is on the right.

To:

East Greenbush Community Library
10 Community Way
East Greenbush, NY 12061
518-477-7476

From the South

  • Take I-87 N/New York State Thruway.
  • Take exit 23 for I-787 N toward Troy.
  • Merge onto I-787.
  • Use right 2 lanes to take exit 5 to merge onto I-90 E toward Boston.
  • Take exit 9 for US-4 toward East Greenbush.
  • Continue on US-4 S at traffic circle, take the 3rd exit.
  • Continue on NY-151 E.
  • Turn onto Michael Rd.
  • Turn right onto Community Way.
  • Library will be on the right.

From the North

  • Take I-87 S.
  • Use right 2 lanes to take exit 6 w-7 E for NY-7 E toward Troy/Cohoes
  • Continue onto NY-7 E.
  • Take I-787 exit toward NY-787/Albany/Cohoes/New York State Thruway.
  • Keep right at the fork, follow signs for I-787 S/Albany/Watervliet and merge onto I-787 S.
  • Use right 2 lines to take exit 5 to merge onto I-90 E toward Boston.
  • Take exit 9 for US-4 toward East Greenbush.
  • Continue on US-4 S at traffic circle, take the 3rd exit.
  • Continue on NY-151 E.
  • Turn right onto Michael Rd.
  • Turn right onto Community Way.
  • Library will be on the right.

To:

Guilderland Public Library
2228 Western Ave.
Guilderland, NY 12084
518-456-2400

From the North

  • Take the Adirondack Northway south to the Western Ave./Route 20 exit.
  • Make a right onto Western Ave.
  • Follow Western Ave. for 3.3 miles and then make a left onto Mercy Care Lane.
  • Library parking is on your left.

From the South

  • Take I-87 (New York State Thruway) north to exit 24.
  • Merge onto I-87 N/I 90 East towards Albany/Montreal.
  • Take exit 1S toward Route 20/Western Ave.
  • Turn right onto Western Ave./Route 20. (Western Ave. is at the end of the ramp.)
  • Follow Western Ave. for 3.3 miles and then make a left onto Mercy Care Lane.
  • Library parking is on your left.

From the City of Albany

  • The Library is on Western Ave. (Route 20), one mile west of the intersection of Routes 155 and 20.
  • Make a left onto Mercy Care Lane, which is a short distance past the traffic light at the entrance to Guilderland Elementary School.
  • Library parking is on the left.

From the West

  • The Library is on Western Ave. (Route 20), approximately one mile east of the intersection where Route 146 diverges south off of Route 20 at a Stewart’s Shop.
  • Make a right onto Mercy Care Lane.
  • Library parking is on your left.

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