Spring 2015 Catalog

Welcome to the Albany Guardian Society Institute. Our Spring 2015 catalog is divided into the following broad categories:

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

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

113. Dementia Conversations: Driving, Doctors Visits, and Legal and Financial Planning

This workshop will offer tips on how to have honest and caring conversations with family about going to the doctor, deciding when to stop driving, and making legal and financial plans.

  • Presenter: Erica Salamida, Alzheimer’s Association, NENY
  • Intended Audience: Older Adults and Their Families, Caregivers, Aging Services Providers
  • Date: April 14, 2015
  • Time: 9:00 am - 11:00 am
  • Location: Albany Guardian Society, 14 Corporate Woods Blvd., Suite 102, Albany, NY
April 14, 2015

114. How to Keep and Organize Financial Records

Learn how to create an audit trail that works for you and the people with whom you need to share this information. 

  • Presenter: Richard Iannello, Albany Guardian Society, Albany, NY
  • Intended Audience: Caregivers and Their Families, Older Adults
  • Date: April 21, 2015
  • Time: 1:30 pm -3:00 pm
  • Location: Albany Guardian Society, 14 Corporate Woods Blvd., Suite 102, Albany, NY

 

April 21, 2015

132. 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 6, 2015
  • Time: 1:30 pm -3:30 pm
  • Location: Albany Guardian Society, 14 Corporate Woods Blvd., Suite 102, Albany, NY
 
May 6, 2015

183. Gizmos & Gadgets: Handy Devices to Help Caregivers

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

  • Presenter: Elisa Strole, Senior Services of Albany, Albany, NY
  • Intended Audience: Caregivers, Older Adults and Their Families
  • Date: May 6, 2015
  • Time: 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
  • Location: Albany Guardian Society, 14 Corporate Woods Blvd., Suite 102, Albany, NY
 
May 6, 2015

184. Geriatric Care Management

What is a geriatric care manager?  What is the difference between a health care coach, a care navigator, a discharge planner, a case worker or patient advocate?  This session outlines the differences in these roles so you can make informed decisions about health care and long term care services for yourself or a loved one and plan for the future you desire.

  • Presenters: Deborah Hanish-Schreyer, LMSW, Geriatric Care Manager, Averill Park, NY; Nora Baratto, LCSW-R, Director, Case Management Department, St. Peter’s Hospital, Albany, NY
  • Intended Audience: Older Adults and Their Families, Caregivers, Aging Service Providers
  • Date: May 12, 2015
  • Time: 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
  • Location: Albany Guardian Society, 14 Corporate Woods Blvd., Suite 102, Albany, NY
 
May 12, 2015

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

Learn how to crate 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 20, 2015
  • Time: 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
  • Location: Albany Guardian Society, 14 Corporate Woods Blvd., Suite 102, Albany, NY
May 20, 2015
CONSUMER INTEREST

200. Container Gardening for Seniors

Container gardening can be fun and easy!  Come learn about growing fresh veggies and herbs in a wide variety of containers.  Grow a salad or herb garden without all of the weeding and hard work.  Join us for this creative and informative workshop and get your hands just a little dirty.

  • Presenter: Katie Doyle, Capital Roots, Troy, NY
  • Intended Audience: Older Adults and People Who Have Limited Space
  • Date: April 20, 2015
  • Time: 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
  • Location: Capital Roots, 594 River Street, Troy, NY


April 20, 2015


211. Container Gardening for Seniors

Container gardening can be fun and easy!  Come learn about growing fresh veggies and herbs in a wide variety of containers.  Grow a salad or herb garden without all of the weeding and hard work.  Join us for this creative and informative workshop and get your hands just a little dirty. (Please Note: This is a repeat offering of the April 20, 2015 program.)

  • Presenter: Katie Doyle, Capital Roots, Troy, NY
  • Intended Audience: Older Adults and People Who Have Limited Space
  • Date: May 21, 2015
  • Time: 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
  • Location: Capital Roots, 594 River Street, Troy, NY
May 21, 2015

222. Pets and the Elderly

This program will discuss the importance of pets to the elderly and things to consider such as: Is pet ownership right for you?  What characteristics should you look for in a pet to ensure a good fit with your lifestyle?  What are the costs associated with caring for a pet?  Hear tips about adopting or purchasing a cat or dog.  Learn how to plan for your pet if you can no longer care for it.  Bring your questions.

  • Presenter: Karen Harmon, Volunteer, Free To Be Me Rescue, Delmar, NY
  • Intended Audience: Older Adults and Their Families, Caregivers, Aging Services Providers
  • Date: May 12, 2015
  • Time: 9:00 am – 11:00 am
  • Location: Albany Guardian Society, 14 Corporate Woods Blvd., Suite 102, Albany, NY
May 12, 2015

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

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

  • Presenter: Lynda Shrager, OTR MSW
  • Intended Audience: Older Adults and Their Families, Caregivers, Aging Services Providers
  • Date: May 14, 2015
  • Time: 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
  • Location: Albany Guardian Society, 14 Corporate Woods Blvd., Suite 102, Albany, NY
 
May 14, 2015
HOUSING

312. 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
  • Intended Audience: Older Adults and Their Families, Caregivers, Aging Services Providers
  • Date: April 15, 2015
  • Time: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
  • Location: Albany Guardian Society, 14 Corporate Woods Blvd., Suite 102, Albany, NY

April 15, 2015


331. 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, 2015
  • Time: 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
  • Location: Bethlehem Public Library, 451 Delaware Avenue, Delmar, NY

 


May 8, 2015

LEGAL

400. 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
  • Intended Audience: Older Adults and Their Families, Caregivers, Aging Services Providers
  • Date: April 21, 2015
  • Time: 9:00 am – 11:00 am
  • Location: Albany Guardian Society, 14 Corporate Woods Blvd., Suite 102, Albany, NY

April 21, 2015

423. 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 Wildgrube, Esq., Cioffi, Slezak, Wildegrube, PC, Niskayuna, NY
  • Intended Audience: Older Adults and Their Families, Caregivers, Aging Services Providers
  • Date: May 21, 2015
  • Time: 9:00 am – 11:00 am
  • Location: Albany Guardian Society, 14 Corporate Woods Blvd., Suite 102, Albany, NY


May 21, 2015


434. Understanding Credit Reports and Debt Collection: What You Should Know as an Older Adult

Have you ever wondered why certain bills make it onto your credit report while others don't?  Would you like to learn how to request your credit report for free and know what everything means once you receive it? Are you falling behind on your bills and wondering how this will affect you?  Please join us for this informational session that will cover what you need to know about your credit report, how debts get reported, and what your rights are if you find something that is wrong.  We will also discuss "good credit" and "bad credit" and things that you should know if you are trying to clean up your credit report.  This session will also cover the basics of debt collection and what could happen if you fall behind on your bills.  A general question and answer session will be provided together with information about programs and assistance available to those who are struggling with debt problems.

  • Presenter: Brittany Sergent, Esq., LASNNY Senior Legal Services Program Staff Attorney; Susan Grutza, Esq., LASNNY Consumer Law Clinic Staff Attorney
  • Intended Audience: Administrators, Managers, Board Members of Aging Service Providers
  • Date: May 5, 2015
  • Time: 1:30 pm –3:30 pm
  • Location: Albany Guardian Society, 14 Corporate Woods Blvd., Suite 102, Albany, NY

May 5, 2015
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

713. Grant Writing Basics for Aging Service Providers and Other Not-for-Profits

This program is tailored to the needs of smaller agencies, grant-writing novices, and those with limited experience in writing successful grant proposals.  Attendees will learn about the differences between fund raising and grant writing, a basic understanding of the different parts of the grant and how they inter-relate, and will learn tips when starting a new proposal.

  • Presenter: Carole Hegeman, Hegeman Consulting, Valatie, NY
  • Intended Audience: Aging Services Providers, Not-for-Profit Staff, Other Interested Parties
  • Date: April 22, 2015
  • Time: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • Location: Albany Guardian Society, 14 Corporate Woods Blvd., Suite 102, Albany, NY


April 22, 2015


722. Getting Ready for New Relationships Between Healthcare and the Community

The advancement of the Balancing Incentives Program, the Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment (DSRIP) Program, the growing presence of Patient Centered Medical Homes and Accountable Care Organizations and encouragement of health promotion and screening and population health improvement are all pointing to a changing relationship between community based agencies and healthcare organizations.  In the months ahead, it is expected that specific projects and initiatives will be launched in the Capital Region.  This seminar is an opportunity to review the key terms and changes envisioned and the changes in relationships and collaborations that healthcare and community organizations should be considering.

  • 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: May 6, 2015
  • Time: 9:00 am –11:00 am
  • Location: Albany Guardian Society, 14 Corporate Woods Blvd., Suite 102, Albany, NY


May 6, 2015


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 canceled if minimum required attendance levels are not achieved.