Summer 2014 Catalog

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

  • Caregiving
  • Consumer Interest
  • Legal
  • Pre-Retirement
  • 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 Summer 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.

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

111. 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: July 22, 2014
  • Time: 9:00 am – 11:00 am
  • Location: Albany Guardian Society, 14 Corporate Woods Blvd., Suite 102, Albany, NY


July 22, 2014

115. 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.

  • Presenter: 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: June 18, 2014
  • Time: 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
  • Location: Albany Guardian Society, 14 Corporate Woods Blvd., Suite 102, Albany, NY


June 18, 2014

125. Grief and Grieving: What to Expect, How to Help

This presentation will provide insight into the myriad ways in which grief can manifest itself in the lives of adults and young people, coping techniques to assist with the process, and when additional services may be required.

  • Presenter: Maryanne Malecki, Executive Director, Haven of Schenectady, Schenectady, NY
  • Intended Audience: Older Adults, Caregivers, Professionals
  • Date: June 24, 2014
  • Time: 9:00 am – 11:00 am
  • Location: Albany Guardian Society, 14 Corporate Woods Blvd., Suite 102, Albany, NY


June 24, 2014

161. Recognizing Anxiety and Depression in Older Adults

This course will provide an overview of the signs and symptoms of anxiety and depression. Gain insight into the effects these conditions have on family dynamics. This course will help caregivers manage the challenges when these conditions are present.

  • Presenter: Marlene Hildenbrandt, LMSW, Program Director, Community Caregivers, Albany, NY
  • Intended Audience: Caregivers, Older Adults, Aging Services Providers
  • Date: June 10, 2014
  • Time: 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
  • Location: Albany Guardian Society, 14 Corporate Woods Blvd., Suite 102, Albany, NY


June 10, 2014

181. 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: July 22, 2014
  • Time: 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
  • Location: Albany Guardian Society, 14 Corporate Woods Blvd., Suite 102, Albany, NY


July 22, 2014

CONSUMER INTEREST

241. Challenges of the Aging Driver

Older adults cherish their mobility in our auto-dependent society. Learn about the challenges facing older drivers and explore solutions to the question of how to decide when it’s time to “give up the keys.”

  • Presenter: Roger Dames, Driver Fitness Center Coordinator, Colonie Senior Service Centers, Inc., Albany, NY
  • Intended Audience: Older Adult Drivers and their Children
  • Date: July 9, 2014
  • Time: 9:00 am – 11:00 am
  • Location: Albany Guardian Society, 14 Corporate Woods Blvd., Suite 102, Albany, NY


July 9, 2014


LEGAL

421. 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.

  • Presenters: Margaret Z. Reed, Esq., and Margaret A. Vella, Esq., Reed and Vella, LLP, Delmar, NY Intended Audience: Aging Services Providers, Caregivers, Older Adults
  • Date: June 12, 2014
  • Time: 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
  • Location: Albany Guardian Society, 14 Corporate Woods Blvd., Suite 102, Albany, NY


June 12, 2014

439. 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 Colleen M. Campoli, CPA, Latham, NY.
  • Intended Audience: Older Adults Who Are Alone Because of Death or Divorce
  • Date: June 19, 2014
  • Time: 1:30 pm –3:30 pm
  • Location: Albany Guardian Society, 14 Corporate Woods Blvd., Suite 102, Albany, NY


June 19, 2014

441. Reverse Mortgages, Foreclosure, Consumer Rights

This program will offer general information regarding reverse mortgages including who is eligible, pros and cons to obtaining a reverse mortgage and other consumer issues. The program will also provide an overview of the foreclosure process in New York State, prevention, and the HAMP Program, and what assistance is available for homeowners facing foreclosure.

  • Presenter: Gayle E. Hartz, Esq., The Legal Project, Albany, NY
  • Intended Audience: Aging Services Providers, Caregivers, Older Adults
  • Date: July 15, 2014
  • Time: 9:00 am – 10:30 am
  • Location: Albany Guardian Society, 14 Corporate Woods Blvd., Suite 102, Albany, NY


July 15, 2014
PRE-RETIREMENT

631. Thinking About Retiring?: Envisioning Your Life After You Retire

Retirement is not just leisure. What does it mean in today’s world? Learn the difference between a rocking chair and a “rocking” retirement. What are your options to make these the best years of your life?

  • Presenter: Ann DiSarro, Retired, Former Executive Director of Senior Services of Albany, Albany, NY
  • Intended Audience: People Nearing Retirement Age, Older Adults
  • Date: June 26, 2014
  • Time: 9:00 am – 10:30 am
  • Location: Albany Guardian Society, 14 Corporate Woods Blvd., Suite 102, Albany, NY


June 26, 2014
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

739. It is About You!

Working with older adults is rewarding but front-line employees are being asked to continually adapt to changes occurring in the world of aging services. Some workers have difficulty accepting this dynamic work environment…the seed is planted for conflict in the workplace.

Families, facing uncertainty and concern for their loved ones, can also present challenges to workers who are doing everything they can to provide the best possible care to their aging clients. It’s another opportunity for conflict.

Learn how to navigate through these challenges. Use techniques that help diffuse difficult moments while allowing you to still establish reasonable boundaries. You can adapt and succeed in changing times...

  • Presenters: Francis L. Battisti. Ph.D., Executive Vice President and Chief Academic Officer/SUNY Distinguished Service Professor, Broome County Community College, Broome, NY
  • Intended Audience: Direct Care Workers including Healthcare and Homecare Assistants, Dietary Workers, Housekeeping, Senior Center and Adult Daycare Staff Members
  • Date: June 5, 2014
  • Time: 9:30 am –11:30 am
  • Location: Carondelet Hospitality Center, 385 Watervliet-Shaker Road, Latham, NY


June 5, 2014

742. Finding the Balance

Does your work life come home with you? Does your home life come to your workplace?

Aging services employees are pulled in many directions. Staff shortages, complex rules and difficult families can leave workers torn between trying to provide that little “extra” service while acknowledging that there is never enough time to do everything. The day is never long enough. Home life often has its own unique challenges that frequently seem to require more time than is ever available.

Learn to recognize the real limits you face and find the balance. You won’t eliminate all of the stress in your life but you probably can manage it better.

This highly interactive program will help you learn lifestyle strategies to help give you greater control while improving your problem solving skills

Be a more productive person at work. Be a happier person at home.

  • Presenters: Francis L. Battisti. Ph.D., Executive Vice President and Chief Academic Officer/SUNY Distinguished Service Professor, Broome County Community College, Broome, NY
  • Intended Audience: Direct Care Workers including Healthcare and Homecare Assistants, Dietary Workers, Housekeeping, Senior Center and Adult Daycare Staff Members
  • Date: June 5, 2014
  • Time: 1:00 pm –3:00 pm
  • Location: Carondelet Hospitality Center, 385 Watervliet-Shaker Road, Latham, NY


June 5, 2014

770. Using Excel in Your Agency

Learn the essential skills in Microsoft Excel needed to create, edit, and format an Excel spreadsheet. Overview of using formulas and functions, cell references, charts, and how to view and print large sheets will be covered in the session. Topics to be covered in the session: the ribbon, creating worksheets, applying edits/formatting, insert/delete rows and columns, using autofill, print layout, creating formulas, working with simple functions, autoformatting, shortcuts.

  • Presenter: Kathleen Pingelski, President, MicrosKnowledge, Inc. Computer Training and Consulting
  • Intended Audience: Date: July 8, 2014
  • Time: 9:00 am –11:00 am
  • Location: Albany Guardian Society, 14 Corporate Woods Blvd., Suite 102, Albany, NY


July 8, 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.