Summer 2015 Catalog

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

  • 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 Summer 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

116. It's All in Your Point of View: Improving Communication Between Caregivers and Care Receivers

This class will look at the caregiver and the care receiver communication patterns from both perspectives to help increase positive communication and better understanding of both points of view. Ideas and conversation tips will be shared that will help both parties come together in agreement on issues such as assistance, safety and well-being.

  • Presenters: Kathryn HoranMSW, Program Manager, Catholic Charities Senior and Caregiver Support Services, Aging Services Program, Schenectady, NY; Mary MollerMSW, Coordinator, Catholic Charities Senior and Caregiver Support Services, Caregiver Support Services Program, Schenectady, NY
  • Intended Audience: Older Adults and Their Families, Caregivers, Aging Services Providers
  • Date: June 23, 2015
  • Time: 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
  • Location: Albany Guardian Society, 14 Corporate Woods Blvd., Suite 102, Albany, NY
June 23, 2015

133. Gizmos & Gadgets: Handy Devices to Help Caregivers

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

134. 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 14, 2015
  • Time: 1:30 pm -3:30 pm
  • Location: Albany Guardian Society, 14 Corporate Woods Blvd., Suite 102, Albany, NY

July 14, 2015


172. Frontotemporal Dementia (FTD): Caregiver Challenges

Frontotemporal Dementia (FTD), a progressive form of dementia, is increasingly being identified as the disease process afflicting adults in their 50s and early 60s. This program will provide a discussion about the challenges of caring for adults in this age group with FTD.

  • Presenter: Nancy Cummings, Director, Anne B. and Leon J. Goldberg Alzheimer’s Resource Center
  • Intended Audience: Older Adults and Their Families, Caregivers, Aging Service Providers
  • Date: July 16, 2015
  • Time: 9:00 am – 11:00 am
  • Location: Albany Guardian Society, 14 Corporate Woods Blvd., Suite 102, Albany, NY
July 16, 2015

173. Know the Ten Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s Disease:  Early Detection Matters

The warning signs of Alzheimer’s disease are often dismissed as inevitable parts of normal aging. If you or someone you know is experiencing memory loss or behavioral changes, it’s time to learn the facts. Early detection is the key to improving quality of life for anyone affected by memory impairment. Attend this interactive workshop to learn the ten warning signs of Alzheimer’s disease where we separate myth from reality and address commonly-held fears about Alzheimer’s and dementia. Hear from people who have the disease and find out how to recognize the signs in yourself and others.

  • Presenter: Erica Salamida, Alzheimer’s Association, NENY
  • Intended Audience: Anyone who is interested in learning the warning signs of Alzheimer’s, and a little information about Alzheimer’s disease
  • Date: July 16, 2015
  • Time: 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm
  • Location: Albany Guardian Society, 14 Corporate Woods Blvd., Suite 102, Albany, NY
July 16, 2015

186. Medication Management with Older Adults

Today’s medications can be 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., CGPFASCP, Associate Professor, Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Services, Albany, NY
  • Intended Audience: Caregivers, Older Adults, Aging Services Providers
  • Date: July 23, 2015
  • Time: 9:00 am – 11:00 am
  • Location: Albany Guardian Society, 14 Corporate Woods Blvd., Suite 102, Albany, NY
July 23, 2015
CONSUMER INTEREST

201. Hospital Patient Rights: Understanding and Surviving New Policies for Admissions, Discharges, and Observation Status and How to Protect Your Rights

Older persons, caregivers and senior service professionals all need to be aware of the recent Medicare policies that may affect their hospital admission status and possibly Medicare coverage of needed follow-up rehabilitation care.  New policies are resulting in many hospital patients being routinely placed into observation status rather than being admitted as "inpatients" that could result in Medicare not paying for the hospital stay.    

Learn your rights as a hospital patient in New York State and learn how to file an appeal related to quality of care, discharge decisions or patient safety problems.  Participants will receive tools to help them properly prepare for a hospital stay and avoid unnecessary hospital re-admissions.

  • Presenter: Marcus Harazin, M.S., Coordinator, New York Statewide Senior Action Council Inc., Albany, NY
  • Intended Audience: Older Adults and Their Families, Caregivers, Aging Services Providers
  • Date: June 18, 2015
  • Time: 9:00 am –11:00 am
  • Location: Albany Guardian Society, 14 Corporate Woods Blvd., Suite 102, Albany, NY


June 18, 2015


202. Writing Your Life Story

Everyone has a story to tell, a unique and fascinating life worth sharing. Memoir is a popular and fast-growing literary genre. But for many people who are not seasoned writers, the problem lies in getting started. In this practical, hands-on two-hour workshop on memoir writing, journalist-teacher-author Paul Grondahl will lead participants through a fun and useful program. The course will include analyzing memoir excerpts, sharing life experiences, writing exercises and critiquing each others' work. The oft-quoted writing advice to "write what you know" is at the core of memoir writing. This workshop will provide you with tips and techniques you can use to get yourself started on writing your life story, a gift of incalculable value to your children, grandchildren, and future generations of your family. 

  • Presenter: Paul Grondahl, Albany Times Union, Albany, NY
  • Intended Audience: Older Adults and Their Families
  • Date: June 29, 2015
  • Time: 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
  • Location: Albany Guardian Society, 14 Corporate Woods Blvd., Suite 102, Albany, NY
June 29, 2015

214. Grandparents and Relatives Caring for Children

Kinship families face special challenges, higher levels of poverty, caregiver stress, disabilities and trauma, as well as difficulties navigating systems and accessing their custodial rights. This presentation describes their special challenges, special resources, and legal rights.

  • Presenter: Gerard Wallace, Esq.
  • Intended Audience: Older Adults and Their Families
  • Date: June 11, 2015
  • Time: 9:00 am - 11:00 am
  • Location: Albany Guardian Society, 14 Corporate Woods Blvd., Suite 102, Albany, NY
June 11, 2015

224. Village Movement in the Capital District

Since the establishment of Beacon Hill Village in Boston in 2001, groups of citizens across the country have been asking, “Why don’t we have a village in our community?” Villages are membership-driven, grass-roots organizations that, through both volunteers and paid staff, coordinate access to affordable services. These services can include recreational, health and wellness programs, home repairs, social and educational activities, and other day-to-day needs enabling individuals to remain connected to their community throughout the aging process. Learn about how villages are being developed in the Capital District. 

  • Presenters: Richard Iannello and Ken Harris, Executive Director, Albany Guardian Society, Albany, NY
  • Intended Audience: Older Adults and Their Families, Caregivers, Aging Services Providers
  • Date: June 18, 2015
  • Time: 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
  • Location: Albany Guardian Society, 14 Corporate Woods Blvd., Suite 102, Albany, NY
June 18, 2015

232. Cooking and Storing the Summer’s Bounty

Join Capital Roots for a fun and delicious class filled with simple recipes that create healthy meals for seniors to enjoy. Instructional demonstrations on preserving produce freshness will be shared along with storage techniques. Enjoy the fresh produce of the summer all year long!

  • Presenter: Katie Doyle, Capital Roots, Troy, NY
  • Intended Audience: Open to All
  • Date: June 22, 2015
  • Time: 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
  • Location: Capital Roots, 594 River Street, Troy, NY
June 22, 2015

233. Pre-planning a Funeral: Things to Consider 
 
The death of a loved one is a stressful event and making funeral arrangements at this time can be difficult. Preplanning a funeral allows important decisions to be made in a more deliberative and less rushed manner. While consumers are becoming more familiar with end of life decision making, many still find themselves unfamiliar with how a funeral is arranged. A representative from the New York State Funeral Directors Association will provide you with information about the benefits of pre-planning a funeral, the prearrangement process, and tips on how to start the conversation with loved ones.
 
  • Presenter: Robyn Haberman, New York State Funeral Directors Association
  • Intended Audience: Older Adults and Their Families, Caregivers, Aging Services Providers
  • Date: June 23, 2015
  • Time: 9:00 am – 11:00 am
  • Location: Albany Guardian Society, 14 Corporate Woods Blvd., Suite 102, Albany, NY
June 23, 2015


234. Cooking and Storing the Summer’s Bounty

Join Capital Roots for a fun and delicious class filled with simple recipes that create healthy meals for seniors to enjoy. Instructional demonstrations on preserving produce freshness will be shared along with storage techniques. Enjoy the fresh produce of the summer all year long! (This is a repeat offering of the June 22,2015 class, Program #232.)

  • Presenter: Katie Doyle, Capital Roots, Troy, NY
  • Intended Audience: Open to All
  • Date: July 29, 2015
  • Time: 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
  • Location: Capital Roots, 594 River Street, Troy, NY

July 29, 2015


262. Effectively Using Your iPad or Tablet Device

The IPad is increasingly becoming a convenient tool for seniors to access movies, websites, taking pictures, email, Skype, social media, and more. Join us in a discussion on how to use existing features and quick shortcuts to get more out of the iPad.   

Learn more about navigating and maintaining applications, organizing an iPad using icons and folders, inputting information, establishing settings for your iPad environment, , and staying connected to family and friends.

Bring your iPad or tablet device to the session if you have one.

  • Presenter: Eleonora Morrell, MicroKnowledge, Inc. Training and Consulting, Latham, NY
  • Intended Audience: Open to All
  • Date: June 11, 2015
  • Time: 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
  • Location: Albany Guardian Society, 14 Corporate Woods Blvd., Suite 102, Albany, NY

June 11,2015

HOUSING

332. 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: July 7, 2015
  • Time: 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm
  • Location: Capital Roots, 594 River Street, Troy, NY


July 7, 2015

LEGAL

401. Reverse Mortgages

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 related to reverse mortgages, including foreclosure of reverse mortgages. 

  • Presenters: Gayle E. Hartz, Esq. and Debra Willsey, Esq., The Legal Project, Albany, NY
  • Intended Audience: Older Adults and Their Families, Caregivers, Aging Services Providers
  • Date: June 25, 2015
  • Time: 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
  • Location: Albany Guardian Society, 14 Corporate Woods Blvd., Suite 102, Albany, NY

June 25, 2015

431. 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: July 21, 2015
  • Time: 9:00 am – 11:00 am
  • Location: Albany Guardian Society, 14 Corporate Woods Blvd., Suite 102, Albany, NY


July 21, 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.