Spring 2021 Classes

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all classes will be held through Zoom. (If you have any questions about Zoom, please call 518-434-2140.) There is no cost to attend, however, registration is required.

To register online, simply press the “Register Now” button below 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.

April 2021

Effectively Using Your iPhone – Apple – 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.

Presenter: Eleonora Morrell and John Dowley, Training and Development Specialists, MicroKnowledge, Inc.

Date: Monday, April 12, 2021

Time: 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Zoom Video Conference

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Technology Solutions to Aging in Place

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Learn about advances in technology that make aging in place safe, manageable, and affordable with the use of cameras, sensors, iPads, and Apps that track real-time health data in the comfort of home. We will also discuss how a care ‘advocate’ can help manage the flow of vital information to caregivers, providers, and family members.

Presenter: Louis Pierro, Esq. Pierro, Connor & Strauss, LLC and Nora Baratto, Aging Care Coordinator, EverHome Care Advisors

Date: Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Time: 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Zoom Video Conference

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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.

Presenter: Eleonora Morrell and John Dowley, Training and Development Specialists, MicroKnowledge, Inc.

Date: Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Time: 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Zoom Video Conference

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Chair Yoga

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Breathe and gently stretch your way to a comfortable body and more relaxed mind. No previous yoga experience needed to gain the benefits of this centuries-old practice. Chair yoga is a fun, accessible way to short-circuit stress and build flexibility, balance, and strength. Appropriate for all levels of ability and challenges.

What you will need: An armless, straight backed chair, a yoga tie (or a necktie, belt, or a piece of fabric), and comfortable clothing are all that are needed.

Please consider: If you have an ongoing health issue, it is best to check with your health care provider before beginning your yoga practice. If you have safety concerns, you may consider having someone nearby to call on should you need assistance.

Presenter: Judith England, RN, Kripalu Yoga Instructor

Date: Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Time: 1:30 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.

Zoom Video Conference

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Diabetes: Can Life be Too Sweet?

The number of people with diabetes is increasing world-wide. Let’s learn what diabetes is, how to help prevent it, how to diagnose it and what to do if you are told you have it. The more you know about diabetes, the healthier you can be. There have been so many discoveries and new medicines in the world of diabetes that each day brings a new adventure. Join this presentation for education and fun! Indeed, life is very sweet.

Presenter: Mary Pat Roy, M.D., Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism, Albany Stratton VA Medical Center

Date: Thursday, April 15, 2021

Time: 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Zoom Video Conference

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Creating a Healthy Permanent Weight Management

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Participants will be presented with the most recent research on creating healthy changes and techniques to achieve a more empowered, healthy self. In this presentation we will explore how stress effects emotional eating and weight gain and learn to practice a technique to turn that around. There will be information on research of self-image, and how that affects our ability to control our weight, with a technique to create a more positive self-image.

Presenter: Barbara Stevens, Certified Stress Management Consultant

Date: Thursday, April 15, 2021

Time: 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Zoom Video Conference

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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, this presentation will help you 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: Friday, April 16, 2021

Time: 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Zoom Video Conference

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Arthritis: Shaped by Father Time, Transformed by Mother Nature

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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, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Albany Medical College, Program Director of the Rheumatology Fellowship Program

Date: Friday, April 16, 2021

Time: 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Zoom Video Conference

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Advancing the Science: The Latest in Alzheimer’s and Dementia Research

Alzheimer’s is a progressive disease that affects memory and other important cognitive functions. This global health issue affects more than 5.5 million people living in the U.S. alone. Tremendous gains have been made in the understanding of the science and basic biology underlying Alzheimer’s and other dementias. These advances are leading to great strides in strategies for prevention, detection, and therapeutic interventions. This program will review the latest progress and diagnostics, clinical trials, treatments, and lifestyle interventions which may reduce the risk of developing this disease.

Presenter: Elizabeth Smith-Boivin, Executive Director, Alzheimer’s Association of Northeastern NY

Date: Monday, April 19, 2021

Time: 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Zoom Video Conference

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

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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.

Presenter: Eleonora Morrell and John Dowley, Training and Development Specialists, MicroKnowledge, Inc.

Date: Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Time: 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Zoom Video Conference

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Tele Health: What is it? What’s available? How can it help?

Many organizations and providers are now offering Tele Health services for healthcare professionals to connect with their patients while still social distancing and staying safe during the pandemic. For some, having the option to see your doctor from home can be a relief. For others, technology can seem like one of life’s greatest mysteries. We will discuss some of the most common questions about Tele Health: What is Tele Health? When should I use Tele Health? How can I make the most out of my Tele Health visit?

Presenter: Natalie Turner, LMSW, CDP, Center for Excellence for Alzheimer’s Disease, Alzheimer’s Center at Albany Medical Center

Date: Friday, April 23, 2021

Time: 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Zoom Video Conference

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Powers of Attorney, Capacity Issues, and Guardianship

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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.

Presenter: Margaret Vella, Esq., Vella, Carbone & Associates

Date: Monday, April 26, 2021

Time: 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Zoom Video Conference

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Chair Yoga

Breathe and gently stretch your way to a comfortable body and more relaxed mind. No previous yoga experience needed to gain the benefits of this centuries-old practice. Chair yoga is a fun, accessible way to short-circuit stress and build flexibility, balance, and strength. Appropriate for all levels of ability and challenges.

What you will need: An armless, straight backed chair, a yoga tie (or a necktie, belt, or a piece of fabric), and comfortable clothing are all that are needed.

Please consider: If you have an ongoing health issue, it is best to check with your health care provider before beginning your yoga practice. If you have safety concerns, you may consider having someone nearby to call on should you need assistance.

Presenter: Judith England, RN, Kripalu Yoga Instructor

Date: Thursday, April 29, 2021

Time: 1:30 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.

Zoom Video Conference

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Growing and Cooking with Herbs

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Herbs are easy to grow and a great way to enhance your home cooked meals. Join Capital Roots’ Garden Educator for a conversation about growing herbs in the ground or in containers. We will also discuss how to harvest, preserve, and cook with a variety of herbs.

Presenter: Amanda Vrsalovic, Garden Educator, Capital Roots

Date: Friday, April 30, 2021

Time: 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Zoom Video Conference

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May 2021

A Great Night's Sleep

Did you know sleep deprivation can harm your health and affect relationships? Learn about recent findings and the benefits of getting a good night’s sleep. Explore ways to get peaceful, revitalizing, uninterrupted sleep.

Presenter: Barbara Stevens, Certified Stress Management Consultant

Date: Monday, May 3, 2021

Time: 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Zoom Video Conference

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Stay Fit with Arthritis

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Join us to learn how to improve or maintain strength and joint range of motion; decrease fatigue or increase endurance, reduce pain and stiffness in your joints; maintain or improve daily activities; and improve overall health. You will need hand-held weights or if you don’t have weights you can substitute with water bottles or soup cans.

Presenter: Chris Konior, OT/L, AFEP Certified (Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program)

Date: Tuesday, May 4, 2021

Time: 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Zoom Video Conference

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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: Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Time: 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Zoom Video Conference

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Buying and Selling on the Internet Using eBay, Craig’s List, and Amazon

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Learn how to set up an account to buy and sell on the Internet, how to price and advertise an item to sell, and how to negotiate and/or bid for an item 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.

Presenter: Eleonora Morrell and John Dowley, Training and Development Specialists, MicroKnowledge, Inc.

Date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

Time: 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Zoom Video Conference

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Chair Yoga

Breathe and gently stretch your way to a comfortable body and more relaxed mind. No previous yoga experience needed to gain the benefits of this centuries-old practice. Chair yoga is a fun, accessible way to short-circuit stress and build flexibility, balance, and strength. Appropriate for all levels of ability and challenges.

What you will need: An armless, straight backed chair, a yoga tie (or a necktie, belt, or a piece of fabric), and comfortable clothing are all that are needed.

Please consider: If you have an ongoing health issue, it is best to check with your health care provider before beginning your yoga practice. If you have safety concerns, you may consider having someone nearby to call on should you need assistance.

Presenter: Judith England, RN, Kripalu Yoga Instructor

Date: Monday, May 10, 2021

Time: 1:30 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.

Zoom Video Conference

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Facebook and Social Media: What in the World is Facebook?

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This demonstration session will guide you through understanding Facebook and why you would use it, creating an account, and even creating your first post. Sharing photos, video links, status updates and much more will be covered along with other social media tools.

Presenter: Eleonora Morrell and John Dowley, Training and Development Specialists, MicroKnowledge, Inc.

Date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Time: 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Zoom Video Conference

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Regaining Resilience after the Pandemic Lockdown

Deconditioning is the decline in functional ability due to inactivity. It has been recognized as the cause of many changes thought to be due to disease or aging. Due to the lockdown, even people who have not become sick from COVID-19 are suffering from deconditioning, both physical and mental. This results in loss of optimal health and increases vulnerability to other illnesses. In this session we will focus on methods of regaining resilience by reconditioning ourselves and think about how we can bring these concepts to our communities.

Presenter: Rebecca Stetzer, M.D., Geriatrician

Date: Thursday, May 13, 2021

Time: 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Zoom Video Conference

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Eat More of This, Less of That!

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Feel fit and look vibrant with these nutrition tips. With thousands of food options available and packaging that makes food look healthy, it can be hard to know what food is best for our bodies. This workshop will teach you how to become a smarter consumer. What this presentation will cover: 5 Foods to lose your gut; 5 foods that may weaken your immune system; 3 twists on classic dinner recipes.

Presenter: Patty McGee, RN, MSN, Integrative Nutrition Health Coach

Date: Tuesday, May 18, 2021

Time: 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Zoom Video Conference

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How to Troubleshoot your Computer and Mobile Devices

This class will cover steps you can take to keep your electronic mobile and computer devices in good working order. We will show you simple trouble shooting tips you can do yourself for both mobile devices and computers that can save time consuming help desk calls. It will cover connected devices, as well as define the different components that enable connectivity to the Internet.

Presenter: Eleonora Morrell and John Dowley, Training and Development Specialists, MicroKnowledge, Inc.

Date: Tuesday, May 18, 2021

Time: 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Zoom Video Conference

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Enriching Your Life with Podcasts

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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.

Presenter: Eleonora Morrell and John Dowley, Training and Development Specialists, MicroKnowledge, Inc.

Date: Thursday, May 20, 2021

Time: 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Zoom Video Conference

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Sage-ing®: Creating a Legacy of Wisdom

If we are fortunate, we continue to age. If we are intentional about finding deep meaning in our later years and passing along a legacy of our synthesized wisdom, we can also “sage.” Learn about the Spiritual Eldering process built on the teachings of Rabbi Zalman Schacter-Shalomi and other wisdom guides. Explore the “bookends” of Sage-ing practices and consider several ways you can serve as a “elder-sage of the tribe.”

Presenter: Audrey Seidman, Certified Sage-ing® Mentor and Spiritual Director

Date: Friday, May 21, 2021

Time: 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Zoom Video Conference

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Substance Misuse and Mental Health Considerations Among the Elderly: Challenges and Opportunities During the COVID-19 Pandemic

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This presentation will describe the prevalence and characteristics of late-life addiction nationally and in New York State. Additionally, this presentation will provide insight into critical elements of age-specific services focused on older adults with SUD’s and mental health concerns. Lastly, this presentation will describe an age-specific outpatient clinic in New York State focused on treatment among the elderly with co-occurring needs during the global COVID-19 Pandemic.

Presenter: Nicole S. MacFarland, PhD, LCSW-R, Master CASAC, Executive Director, Senior Hope Counseling, Inc.

Date: Monday, May 24, 2021

Time: 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Zoom Video Conference

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Chair Yoga

Breathe and gently stretch your way to a comfortable body and more relaxed mind. No previous yoga experience needed to gain the benefits of this centuries-old practice. Chair yoga is a fun, accessible way to short-circuit stress and build flexibility, balance, and strength. Appropriate for all levels of ability and challenges.

What you will need: An armless, straight backed chair, a yoga tie (or a necktie, belt, or a piece of fabric), and comfortable clothing are all that are needed.

Please consider: If you have an ongoing health issue, it is best to check with your health care provider before beginning your yoga practice. If you have safety concerns, you may consider having someone nearby to call on should you need assistance.

Presenter: Judith England, RN, Kripalu Yoga Instructor

Date: Monday, May 24, 2021

Time: 1:30 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.

Zoom Video Conference

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Microsoft Office: Basic Excel

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Need to create a simple budget or maybe a way to list your valuables? For people who have little to no experience with Excel, this class will introduce you to the basic functions of making a spreadsheet. You will learn how to enter data, format rows and columns, and add a column of numbers. Once you learn the basics, you can use Excel to create a budget, maintain a list of valuable, and even create a trip itinerary for your next big adventure!

Presenter: Eleonora Morrell and John Dowley, Training and Development Specialists, MicroKnowledge, Inc.

Date: Tuesday, May 25, 2021

Time: 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Zoom Video Conference

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