Spring 2014 Catalog

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

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

These categories offer a variety of selections on topics of importance to a wide audience. Please scroll down to see all of the Institute’s offerings for Spring 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.

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CAREGIVING

131. Aging in Place: Your Home for Your Lifetime

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

  • Presenter: Susanne A. Kenneally, Certified Aging in Place Specialist, Albany Guardian Society, Albany, NY
  • Intended Audience: Older Adults, Caregivers, Aging Services Providers
  • Date: May 8, 2014
  • Time: 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
  • Location: Albany Guardian Society, 14 Corporate Woods Blvd., Suite 102, Albany, NY

May 8, 2014
 

141. 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: Caregivers, Older Adults, Aging Services Providers
  • Date: May 8, 2014
  • Time: 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
  • Location: Albany Guardian Society, 14 Corporate Woods Blvd., Suite 102, Albany, NY

May 8, 2014
 

151. Care of the Caregiver

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

  • Presenter: Mary Moller, MSW, Eldercare Program Supervisor, Catholic Charities Caregiver Support Services, Schenectady, NY
  • Intended Audience: Caregivers, Older Adults, Aging Services Providers
  • Date: April 17, 2014
  • Time: 9:00 am – 11:00 am
  • Location: Albany Guardian Society, 14 Corporate Woods Blvd., Suite 102, Albany, NY
April 17, 2014
 

171. Frontotemporal Dementia (FTD): Caregiver Challenges

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

  • Presenter: Nancy Cummings, Director, Anne B. & Leon J. Goldberg Alzheimer’s Resource Program, Albany Medical Center, Albany, NY
  • Intended Audience: Caregivers, Older Adults, Aging Services Providers
  • Date: April 23, 2014
  • Time: 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
  • Location: Albany Guardian Society, 14 Corporate Woods Blvd., Suite 102, Albany, NY

April 23, 2014
 

GENERAL INTEREST
HOUSING

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

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

  • Presenters: Deborah Damm O'Brien, Executive Director, DePaul Housing Management, Albany, NY; Ken Harris, Senior Policy Analyst, LeadingAge New York, Latham, NY
  • Intended Audience: Older Adults, Caregivers, Aging Services Providers
  • Date: April 22, 2014
  • Time: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
  • Location: Albany Guardian Society, 14 Corporate Woods Blvd., Suite 102, Albany, NY


April 22, 2014


LEGAL

411. 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: Casey Copps DiPaola, Esq., Copps DiPaola, PLLC, Albany, NY
  • Intended Audience: Aging Services Providers, Caregivers, Older Adults
  • Date: May 20, 2014
  • Time: 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
  • Location: Albany Guardian Society, 14 Corporate Woods Blvd., Suite 102, Albany, NY

May 20, 2014

438. Suddenly Alone

A woman is suddenly alone. Things change. A path that once seemed so predictable is now filled with confusion and uncertainty. Each day another woman finds herself facing a future without a partner. Is she prepared? What should she do next? This program will help women who are suddenly alone (or soon to be alone) work their way through the legal and financial maze they must now navigate.

  • Presenters: Michelle Wildgrube, Esq., Cioffi, Slezak, Wildgrube, PC, Niskayuna, NY and Kathleen Godfrey, Godfrey Financial Associates, Inc.
  • Intended Audience: Older Adults Who Are Alone Because of Death or Divorce
  • Date: April 15, 2014
  • Time: 1:30 pm –3:30 pm
  • Location: Albany Guardian Society, 14 Corporate Woods Blvd., Suite 102, Albany, NY

April 15, 2014
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

712. Medication Management with Older Adults

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

  • Presenter: Michael Brodeur, Pharm.D., CGP, FASCP, Associate Professor, Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Services, Albany, NY
  • Intended Audience: Aging Services Providers
  • Date: May 14, 2014
  • Time: 9:00 am – 11:00 am
  • Location: Albany Guardian Society, 14 Corporate Woods Blvd., Suite 102, Albany, NY

May 14, 2014

732. Disability Etiquette

We are in a new age of understanding in dealing with inclusion of people with disabilities. We wonder if our words and actions are hurtful or offensive to a person with disability. Our behavior, while unintended, 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.

  • Presenters: John Robinson, President, Our Ability, Glenmont, NY
  • Intended Audience: Open to All
  • Date: April 23, 2014
  • Time: 9:00 am – 11:00 am
  • Location: Albany Guardian Society, 14 Corporate Woods Blvd., Suite 102, Albany, NY

April 23, 2014

751. A Person's Living Space and How it Affects a Person with Memory Loss

Learn how to create a safe and comforting environment for a person with memory loss and learn how the arrangement of living space helps to avoid behavioral “triggers” that may contribute to anxiety and agitation.

  • Presenters: Lynn Young, Director, Marjorie Doyle Rockwell Center, Cohoes, NY; Debi Buzanowski, Community Liaison, Eddy Alzheimer’s Services, Troy, NY
  • Intended Audience: Older Adults, Caregivers, Aging Services Providers
  • Date: May 7, 2014
  • Time: 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
  • Location: Albany Guardian Society, 14 Corporate Woods Blvd., Suite 102, Albany, NY

May 7, 2014

755. Update on Medicare Observation Bed Status

The elderly, caregivers and senior service professionals need to be aware of recent Medicare policies that may jeopardize coverage of needed post-hospital rehabilitation care.  Many patients receiving several days of care in a hospital are now routinely placed on observation status rather than being “admitted” to the hospital.  This can have major financial implications.  Learn how to protect your rights as a patient and learn how to use the appeal process if needed.  Participants will receive tools to help them properly prepare for a hospital stay and avoid unnecessary hospital readmissions.

  • Presenters: Marcus Harazin, M.S., Coordinator, New York Statewide Senior Action Council Inc., Albany, NY
  • Intended Audience: Older Adults, Caregivers, Aging Services Providers
  • Date: May 13, 2014
  • Time: 1:30 pm – 3:30 am
  • Location: Albany Guardian Society, 14 Corporate Woods Blvd., Suite 102, Albany, NY

May 13, 2014
 

761. The Affordable Care Act: Will it Change My Agency?

The Affordable Care Act, Managed Care, Participant Direction, Medicaid Waivers, the Balancing Incentives Program to support greater utilization of community options and evidence based interventions are among initiatives intended to transform long term services and supports. What do administrators need to consider to manage change rather than be simply driven by it?

  • Presenter: Philip McCallion, Ph.D., Professor and Co-Director, University at Albany Center for Excellence in Aging Services and Community Wellness, Albany, NY
  • Intended Audience: Administrators, Managers, Board Members of Aging Service Providers
  • Date: April 10, 2014
  • Time: 9:00 am – 11:00 am
  • Location: Albany Guardian Society, 14 Corporate Woods Blvd., Suite 102, Albany, NY

April 10, 2014

762. The Affordable Care Act: Will it Change My Job?

The Affordable Care Act, Managed Care, Participant Direction, Medicaid Waivers, the Balancing Incentives Program to support greater utilization of community options and evidence based interventions are among initiatives intended to transform long term services and supports. How do mid-management and professional staff equip themselves to be effective in a changed and changing environment?

  • Presenter: Philip McCallion, Ph.D., Professor and Co-Director, University at Albany Center for Excellence in Aging Services and Community Wellness, Albany, NY
  • Intended Audience: Mid-level Management, Professional Staff of Not-for-Profit Aging Services Providers
  • Date: May 28, 2014
  • Time: 9:00 am – 11:00 am
  • Location: Albany Guardian Society, 14 Corporate Woods Blvd., Suite 102, Albany, NY

May 28, 2014

763. The Health Home: Linking Services for Medicaid-Eligible Individuals
        
Who Are Frequently Users of Medical and Community-Based Services

New York's Health Homes are a critical part of the Medicaid Redesign Team's (MRT) multi-year action plan to reform Medicaid. The state's Health Home program is a care management model that serves high cost Medicaid members with behavioral health and/or chronic medical conditions by using the Health Home's integrated network of providers to link the member to medical and behavioral health services, housing and community and social supports. This program will highlight two Health Homes operating in the Capital Region.

  • Presenters: Joseph Twardy, CEO, Visiting Nurse Service Association of Schenectady County, Schenectady, NY; Lana I. Earle, Deputy Director, Division of Program Development and Management, New York State Department of Health, Office of Health Insurance Programs, Albany, NY; Rachel Handler, MS CRC, LMHC, Administrative Director, Behavioral Health Services, Samaritan Hospital, Troy, NY
  • Intended Audience: Aging Services Providers, Governmental Agencies, Older Adults
  • Date: May 21, 2014
  • Time: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
  • Location: Carondelet Hospitality Center, 385 Watervliet-Shaker Road, Latham, NY

May 21, 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.