The Albany Guardian Society 2017 Spring Institute semester offers a Senior Technology Training Series, as well as programs in the following broad categories: 
 
Technology
Health Education
Caregiving
Consumer Interest
Housing
Legal
 
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 2017. 
 
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 call Albany Guardian Society at 518-434-2140 or e-mail us at ags@albanyguardiansociety.org
 
 

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SENIOR TECHNOLOGY TRAINING SERIES

Updated as of March 10th, 2017

 

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

The series includes six classes offered on Tuesday afternoons in April and May 2017.

  • Apple Class: 12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.  
  • Android Class: 2:30 – 4:00 p.m.

There is no cost to attend the classes, but registration is required. 

WHERE:     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:

  • Identifying technology terms and hardware components
  • Navigating and understanding a tablet and/or smartphone
  • Researching a topic on the internet
  • Avoiding scams, viruses and cyber-attacks
  • Sending and receiving an email message 
  • Navigating Facebook and creating a post

PLEASE NOTE:

  • Space is very limited. Registrants are asked to commit to all classes in the series.
  • 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, 518-434-2140, if you have a question on which class is best for you.
  • Please bring your Apple or Android device with you to each class.
  • Each user should bring their username and passwords to each class.

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

Tuesday, April 4

  • Apple Classes: 12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. 
  • Android Classes: 2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
In this primarily demonstration session, learn about technology terms and what they all mean and how they work. This session will set the foundation for subsequent sessions.
  • What are they talking about? Q&A
  • Device environment, common device features, navigation, settings
  • Signing on to AGS Wi-Fi
  • What is an Apple ID? / What is my email address? / Android -What is a Gmail account?
  • Activity practice

Session 2: Communication by e-Mail, Texting and Video

Tuesday, April 11

  • Apple Classes: 12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
  • Android Classes: 2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
In this session, you will learn to communicate using your tablet and /or phone. You will learn about email, text messaging and more. 
  • Questions on settings (homework from Session 1)
  • Email
  • Text messaging
  • FaceTime (demonstration) /  Android - Hangouts (demonstration)
  • Activity practice

Session 3: Using an iPad / Using an Android Tablet: They gave me this and I don’t know what to do with it!
 
Tuesday, April 18
  • Apple Classes: 12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
  • Android Classes: 2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
 
Tablets are increasingly becoming a convenient tool for seniors to access books and movies, visit websites, take pictures, email, communicate via video, use social media, and more. This course will help first-time users become comfortable using their tablets. Learn about tablet terminology, various parts of the tablet, interacting with the touch screen using gestures, and modifying settings. Explore some of the apps and camera basics. *Please note: Apple ID or Gmail account & password is needed for this session.
  • Overview of the physical device
  • Itunes & App Stores / Android – Google Play Store
  • Using camera, calendar and contacts
  • Play music, watch a movie, read a book
  • Activity practice

Session 4: Using Smartphones: iPhone, Android Smartphones
 
Tuesday, April 25
  • Apple Classes: 12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. 
  • Android Classes: 2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Use your smartphone to make a phone call, send text messages, send emails, set reminders, manage your calendar, contacts and even take pictures.
  • Overview/Review of physical device
  • iPhone security, maintenance / Android phone security, maintenance
  • Using Siri / Android-Using Google assistant
  • Using camera, calendar and contacts
  • Activity practice

Session 5: Using the Internet on your Tablet and /or Smartphone
 
Tuesday, May 2
  • Apple Classes: 12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
  • Android Classes: 2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Learn about the Internet and how to find information you are looking for, share your search results, go back to a favorite site, and more. 
  • Safari, Google App, Chrome – what is the difference?
  • Using Safari to get to a website / Android-using Chrome to get to a website
  • Effective searching techniques
  • Sharing search results
  • Creating bookmarks
  • Activity practice

Session 6: Facebook and Social Media: What in the World is Facebook?
 
Tuesday, May 9
  • Apple Classes: 12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
  • Android Classes: 2:30 p.m. – 4:00 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. 
  • What is Facebook?
  • Creating an account
  • Creating a post
  • Activity practice

Items to Remember:

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

 Apple

Android/Galaxy

 



APRIL

April 4
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
  • Date: Tuesday, April 4, 2017
  • Time: 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
  • Location: Albany Guardian Society, 14 Corporate Woods Blvd., Suite 102, Albany, NY

April 4, 2017

April 5
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 Office of the Attorney General and Eleonora Morrell, MicroKnowledge, Inc.
  • Date: Wednesday, April 5, 2017
  • Time: 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
  • Location: Albany Guardian Society, 14 Corporate Woods Blvd., Suite 102, Albany, NY


April 5, 2017


April 6
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 and Associates, LLP
  • Date: Thursday, April 6, 2017
  • Time: 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
  • Location: Albany Guardian Society, 14 Corporate Woods Blvd., Suite 102, Albany, NY

April 6, 2017

April 10
Get Help with Tech Savvy Teens

High school students from the Bethlehem Central Student Help Desk will be on hand to give one-on-one
tutoring and assistance with your technology questions for whatever device you bring. Sessions will be for approximately 45 minutes. These tech savvy students will be able to answer questions, demonstrate use and give handy tips. Each user should bring their user names and password for every device they bring.

Please call Albany Guardian Society at 518-434-2140 to register.

  • Date: Monday, April 10, 2017
  • Time: 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
  • Location: Albany Guardian Society, 14 Corporate Woods Blvd., Suite 102, Albany, NY

April 10, 2017

April 12
Understanding the Medicare and Social Security Programs
 

This class will offer an uncomplicated look at Medicare and Social Security. Learn how and when to access these programs and how they may complement your existing benefits. 

  • Presenter: Angelina Searles, Case Worker, Town of Colonie Senior Resources Department
  • Date: Wednesday, April 12, 2017
  • Time: 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
  • Location: Albany Guardian Society, 14 Corporate Woods Blvd., Suite 102, Albany, NY

April 12, 2017

 

April 12
Healthy Aging: The Anatomy of Change 

This session will discuss the normal anatomy and physiology of aging, including cognition, changes in organ function, and response to medications. Information about the evidence that diet and exercise can have to support these changes will also be covered.

  • Presenter: Rebecca Stetzer, M.D., Albany Stratton VA Medical Center, Department of Geriatrics
  • Date: Wednesday, April 12, 2017
  • Time: 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
  • Location: Albany Guardian Society, 14 Corporate Woods Blvd., Suite 102, Albany, NY

April 12, 2017

 

April 13
Gardening for Seniors

This introductory course will provide senior gardeners with fundamental gardening information needed for a successful growing season. The presentation will cover key points related to basic organic practices including practical tips on soil building, weed suppression, and maintaining a healthy, productive garden. Special adaptations to assist a senior gardener will also be reviewed.

  • Presenter: Katie Doyle, Educator, Capital Roots
  • Date: Thursday, April 13, 2017
  • Time: 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
  • Location: Albany Guardian Society, 14 Corporate Woods Blvd., Suite 102, Albany, NY

April 13, 2017

 

April 20
How to Make Your Car Safe as You Age – The “Carfit” Program

Is your car seat adjusted properly for your height? Are your mirrors set properly?
Through the “Carfit” program, you can find the proper fit in your vehicle to reduce injuries and decrease the chance of being involved in a crash. The “Carfit” Program will be explained along with the opportunity to sign up for a free, “Carfit” check-up.

  • Presenter: Roger Dames, Driver Fitness Coordinator, Colonie Senior Service Centers
  • Date: Thursday, April 20, 2017
  • Time: 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  • Location: Albany Guardian Society, 14 Corporate Woods Blvd., Albany, NY

April 20, 2017

 

April 24
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, MicroKnowledge, Inc.
  • Date: Monday, April 24, 2017
  • Time: 9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
  • Location: Albany Guardian Society, 14 Corporate Woods Blvd., Suite 102, Albany, NY

April 24, 2017

 

April 25
Introduction to the Village Movement

Since the establishment of Beacon Hill Village in Boston in 2002, 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
  • Date: Tuesday, April 25, 2017
  • Time: 9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
  • Location: Albany Guardian Society, 14 Corporate Woods Blvd., Suite 102, Albany, NY

April 25, 2017

 

April 26
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 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 H. Wildgrube, Esq., Cioffi, Slezak, Wildgrube, PC
  • Date: Wednesday, April 26, 2017
  • Time: 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
  • Location: Albany Guardian Society, 14 Corporate Woods Blvd., Suite 102, Albany, NY

April 26, 2017

 

April 27
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
  • Date: Thursday, April 27, 2017
  • Time: 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
  • Location: Albany Guardian Society, 14 Corporate Woods Blvd., Suite 102, Albany, NY

April 27, 2017

 

April 27
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
  • Date: Thursday, April 27, 2017
  • Time: 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  • Location: Albany Guardian Society, 14 Corporate Woods Blvd., Suite 102, Albany, NY

April 27, 2017
MAY

May 3
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
  • Date: Wednesday, May 3, 2017
  • Time: 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
  • Location: Albany Guardian Society, 14 Corporate Woods Blvd., Suite 102, Albany, NY

May 3, 2017

May 3
Healthy Aging: Primary Prevention 

This session 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
  • Date: Wednesday, May 3, 2017
  • Time: 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
  • Location: Albany Guardian Society, 14 Corporate Woods Blvd., Suite 102, Albany, NY


May 3, 2017


May10
Understanding the Medicaid Program

People often confuse the Medicare and Medicaid programs. This presentation will give an understanding of who is eligible to apply for the income-qualified Medicaid program and explain the different programs of Medicaid, such as, Medicaid Eligibility Programs, Community Medicaid, Community Medicaid with Long Term Care and nursing home coverage.  

  • Presenter: Kathleen Clarke, Facilitated Enroller, Healthy Capital District Initiative
  • Date: Wednesday, May 10, 2017
  • Time: 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
  • Location: Albany Guardian Society, 14 Corporate Woods Blvd., Suite 102, Albany, NY

May 10, 2017

May 10
Hearing and Vision Loss in Seniors

The first part of this presentation 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. In part two of 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.

  • Presenters: Tricia Doyle, Doctor of Audiology, Albany ENT & Allergy Services, PC and Cheryl Lawyer, Outreach Coordinator, Rehabilitation Services for the Northeastern Association of the Blind
  • Date: Wednesday, May 10, 2017
  • Time: 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
  • Location: Albany Guardian Society, 14 Corporate Woods Blvd., Suite 102, Albany, NY

May 10, 2017

May 11
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 and Jill McLellan Phelps, Director, DePaul Housing Management
  • Date: Thursday, May 11, 2017
  • Time: 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
  • Location: Albany Guardian Society, 14 Corporate Woods Blvd., Suite 102, Albany, NY

May 11, 2017

 

May 15
What in the World is a Facebook?

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 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. This presentation is being held at Bethlehem Public Library and is on a first come basis.

  • Presenters: Eleonora Morrell and John Dowley, MicroKnowledge, Inc.
  • Date: Monday, May 15, 2017
  • Time: 9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
  • Location: Bethlehem Public Library, 451 Delaware Ave., Delmar, NY  (See directions below.)

May 15, 2017

 

May 17
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
  • Date: Wednesday, May 17, 2017
  • Time: 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
  • Location: Albany Guardian Society, 14 Corporate Woods Blvd., Suite 102, Albany, NY

May 17, 2017

 

May 23
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, May 23, 2017
  • Time: 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
  • Location: Albany Guardian Society, 14 Corporate Woods Blvd., Suite 102, Albany, NY

May 23, 2017

 

May 25
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, Educator, Capital Roots
  • Date: Thursday, May 25, 2017
  • Time: 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
  • Location: Albany Guardian Society, 14 Corporate Woods Blvd, Suite 102, Albany, NY

May 25, 2017

 

DIRECTIONS

TO:
Albany Guardian Society
14 Corporate Woods Boulevard, Suite 102
Albany, New York 12211-2523
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 Boulevard exit, Exit 5A.
  • Go through traffic light at end of exit ramp and at third driveway on the left, turn left into parking lot of 14 Corporate Woods Boulevard.

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 Boulevard exit, Exit 5A.
  • Go through traffic light at end of exit ramp and at third driveway on the left, turn left into parking lot of 14 Corporate Woods Boulevard.

From the East:

  • Travel west on I-90 to Corporate Woods Boulevard exit, Exit 5A.
  • Go through traffic light at end of exit ramp and at third driveway on the left, turn left into parking lot of 14 Corporate Woods Boulevard.

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 Boulevard exit, Exit 5A.
  • Go through traffic light at end of exit ramp and at third driveway on the left, turn left into parking lot of 14 Corporate Woods Boulevard.

TO:
Bethlehem Public Library
451 Delaware Ave.
Delmar, NY 12054
518-439-9314

From Northway Exit 1E or Thruway Exit 24:

  • Take Route I-90 to Exit 4, Route 85 West.
  • Follow Route 85 West through three roundabouts.
  • At fourth roundabout, exit onto Route 140 (Cherry Avenue Extension).
  • Turn left at the next traffic light onto Kenwood Avenue.
  • Travel .7 miles and turn right onto Borthwick Ave. Just before the stop sign at the end of the street, turn right into the library parking lot.
  • If you miss Borthwick Ave., continue to the next traffic light and turn right onto Route 443 (Delaware Ave). Travel .4 miles, and just past the Town Hall on the right, turn right onto Borthwick Ave. The library parking lot entrance is the second left.


From the Southern end of Route 787:

  • Turn left onto McAlpin St.
  • Travel to the end of McAlpin and turn left onto Route 443 (Delaware Ave.).
  • Travel 2.5 miles to the third traffic light (Kenwood Ave. intersection).
  • Continue straight for .4 more miles to Borthwick Ave., just past the Town Hall on the right.
  • Turn right onto Borthwick Ave. The library parking lot entrance is the second left.


From Thruway Exit 23:

  • When exiting the toll booth, stay to the far right.
  • Immediately take the uphill exit ramp on the right.
  • Turn left onto Southern Blvd., which will soon become McAlpin St.
  • Travel to the end of McAlpin and turn left onto Routh 443 (Delaware Ave.).
  • Travel 2.5 miles to the third traffic light (Kenwood Ave. intersection).
  • Continue straight for .4 more miles to Borthwick Ave., just past the Town Hall on the right.
  • Turn right onto Borthwick Ave. The library parking lot entrance is the second left.

 

 
 
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.