The Albany Guardian Society 2017 Summer Institute semester offers 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 Summer 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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JUNE

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

June 14, 2017

June 15
Effectively Using Your Kindle Fire (Beginner)

Own a Kindle Fire, but not sure what it can and can’t do? The Kindle Fire is more than just an eBook reader. It is a tablet that can be used to read emails, browse the web, take pictures and of course read books using the Kindle software. This class will be covering, how to navigate your fire tablet, managing sounds & notifications, launching & installing Apps, accessing the web, sending emails and more.

  • Presenter: Eleonora Morrell, MicroKnowledge, Inc.
  • Date: Thursday, June 15, 2017
  • Time: 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
  • Location: Albany Guardian Society, 14 Corporate Woods Blvd., Suite 102, Albany, NY

June 15, 2017

June 16
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.
To register, please call the Guilderland Library at 518-456-2400 x 2, or visit www.guilpl.org and click on "Events and Registration Calendar" to sign up online.

  • Presenter: Eleonora Morrell, MicroKnowledge, Inc.
  • Date: Friday, June 16, 2017
  • Time: 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
  • Location: Guilderland Public Library, 2228 Western Ave., Guilderland, NY (See directions at the end of document)

June 16, 2017

June 20
Effectively Using Your iPad (Beginner)
The iPad is increasingly becoming a convenient tool for seniors to access movies, websites, take pictures, email, FaceTime, use social media, and more. This course will help first-time users become comfortable using their iPad. Learn about iPad terminology, various parts of the iPad, interacting with the iPad touch screen using gestures, and modifying settings. Explore some of the iPad apps and camera basics. (Apple ID may be needed.)

  • Presenters: Eleonora Morrell and John Dowley, MicroKnowledge, Inc.
  • Date: Tuesday, June 20, 2017
  • Time: 9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
  • Location: Albany Guardian Society, 14 Corporate Woods Blvd., Suite 102, Albany, NY

June 20, 2017

June 27
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: Tuesday, June 27, 2017
  • Time: 9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
  • Location: Albany Guardian Society, 14 Corporate Woods Blvd., Suite 102, Albany, NY


June 27, 2017


June 27
Exploring 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
  • Date: Tuesday, June 27, 2017
  • Time: 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
  • Location: Albany Guardian Society, 14 Corporate Woods Blvd., Suite 102, Albany, NY

June 27, 2017

June 28
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, June 28, 2017
  • Time: 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
  • Location: Albany Guardian Society, 14 Corporate Woods Blvd., Suite 102, Albany, NY

June 28, 2017

June 29
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
  • Date: Thursday, June 29, 2017
  • Time: 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • Location: Capital Roots, 594 River Street, Troy, NY (See directions at the end of document)

June 29, 2017

JULY

July 11
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. Find out how to recognize the signs of these diseases in yourself and others.

  • Presenter: Maura Fleming, Program Manager, Alzheimer’s Association of Northeastern New York
  • Date: Tuesday, July 11, 2017
  • Time: 9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
  • Location: Albany Guardian Society, 14 Corporate Woods Blvd., Suite 102, Albany, NY

July 11, 2017

July 11
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: Tuesday, July 11, 2017
  • Time: 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
  • Location: Albany Guardian Society, 14 Corporate Woods Blvd., Suite 102, Albany, NY

July 11, 2017

July 12
Gardening for Happy Plants and a Healthy Garden

Learn about increasing your annual yield, maintaining plant health, and eliminating unwanted pests from your garden through intermediate gardening techniques. Class content will cover soil health, plant friends and enemies (companion planting), getting the most of your growing season through succession planting, and the annual crop rotation of the plant families. Increase your gardening knowledge by learning natural techniques for a more healthy and happy garden!

  • Presenter: Katie Doyle, Capital Roots
  • Date: Wednesday, July 12, 2017
  • Time: 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
  • Location: The Wesley Community, Woodland Commons, Saratoga Room, 131 Lawrence St., Saratoga, NY 
    (See directions at the end of document)


July 12, 2017


July 13
Introduction to 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
  • Date: Thursday, July 13, 2017
  • Time: 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
  • Location: Albany Guardian Society, 14 Corporate Woods Blvd., Suite 102, Albany, NY


July 13, 2017


July 13
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: Thursday, July 13, 2017
  • Time: 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
  • Location: Albany Guardian Society, 14 Corporate Woods Blvd., Suite 102, Albany, NY

July 13, 2017

July 18
It’s An All New Library

Did you know your local public library offers so much more than your favorite mystery novels these days? This session will give you an overview of free innovative digital services that are available at libraries today, including OverDrive for ebooks and digital audiobooks; Flipster for digital magazines; Ancestry for genealogy research; Mango to learn a new language; and even a mobile app to manage your library account on the go. Libraries also lend unique materials like fishing poles, cake tins, video cameras, telescopes, and more! Attend this session and learn about the new features your library has to offer.

  • Presenter: Deanna DiCarlo, Manager, Adult & Outreach Services, Upper Hudson Library System
  • Date: Tuesday, July 18, 2017
  • Time: 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
  • Location: Albany Guardian Society, 14 Corporate Woods Blvd., Suite 102, Albany, NY

July 18, 2017


July 18
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: Tuesday, July 18, 2017
  • Time: 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. 
  • Location: Albany Guardian Society, 14 Corporate Woods Blvd., Suite 102, Albany, NY
 

July 18, 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 lotof 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:
Capital Roots - Urban Grow Center
594 River St.  
Troy, NY 12180
518-274-8685
 
From the South:
  • Take I-87, the New York State Thruway, North to Exit 23. 
  • At Exit 23, get on I-787 North. 
  • Take exit 9E for NY-7 East toward Troy/Bennington. 
  • Follow the directions to the Urban Grow Center (below)
From the North:
  • Take I-87, the Adirondack Northway, South to Exit 7 East. 
  • Get on Route 7 headed Eastbound, toward Troy/Bennington. 
  • Follow the directions to the Urban Grow Center (below)
From the East:
  • From I-90 (Massachusetts Turnpike, Berkshire Spur of the New York Thruway), take Exit B1, toward Albany. 
  • Continue East (13.5 miles) to the exit 23 for I-787. 
  • Take I-787 North to exit 9E for NY-7 East. 
  • Follow the directions to the Urban Grow Center (below)
From the West:
  • Take I-90, the New York State Thruway, to Exit 24. 
  • From Exit 24, continue straight onto I-90 East. 
  • Take exit 6A onto I-787 North, towards Troy. 
  • Take I-787 North to R exit 9E for NY-7 East. 
  • Follow the directions to the Urban Grow Center (below)
 
Directions from NY-7E:
  • Cross the Hudson River and stay to the right, taking the exit toward Downtown Troy. 
  • Continue to stay right, follow signs for Hutton Street. 
  • Continue onto Hutton Street.  
  • At the second traffic light, turn right onto River Street. 
  • Pass underneath the bridges on River Street, the Urban Grow Center will be on your right, at 594 River Street. (the corner of River and Jay Streets) 


TO:
Guilderland Public Library
2228 Western Avenue (US Route 20)
Guilderland, NY 12084 
518-456-2400
 
From the City of Albany:
  • The Library is on Western Avenue (Route 20), one mile west of the intersection of Routes 155 and 20 (location of Twenty Mall).
  • Make a left onto Mercy Care Lane, which is a short distance past the traffic light at the entrance to Guilderland Elementary School.
  • Library parking is on your left.
From the West:
  • The Library is on Western Avenue (Route 20), approximately one mile east of the intersection where Route 146 diverges south off of Route 20 at a Stewart’s Shop. 
  • Make a right onto Mercy Care Lane. 
  • Library parking is on your left.
  • From the North: 
  • The Library is 3.3 miles west of the southern terminus of the Adirondack Northway.
  • Take the Adirondack Northway south to the Western Avenue / Route 20 exit, and make a right onto Western Avenue.
  • Follow Western Avenue for 3.3 miles, and make a left onto Mercy Care Lane.
  • Library parking is on your left.
From the South:
  • Take I-87 (New York State Thruway) north to exit 24. Merge onto I-87 N/I-90 east towards Albany/Montreal.
  • Then take exit 1S toward Route 20 / Western Avenue.
  • Turn right onto Western Avenue / Route 20. (Western Avenue is at the end of the ramp.)
  • Follow Western Avenue for 3.3 miles, and make a left onto Mercy Care Lane.
  • Library parking is on your left.


TO:
The Westley Community
Woodlawn Commons, Saratoga Room
131 Lawrence St.
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
518-587-3600
 

From the South:

  • Take I-87 north to Exit 15. At exit ramp traffic light turn left onto Route 50.
  • Continue on Route 50 until Broadway. Stay in the right lane and continue straight. (Becomes VanDam Street.)
  • After the first traffic light, take the next right onto Lawrence Street.
  • See the signs ahead indicating individual locations in The Wesley Community.

From the North:

  • Take I-87 South to Exit 15. At the exit ramp, bear right and yield onto Route 50.
  • Continue on Route 50 until Broadway. Stay in the right lane and continue straight. (Becomes VanDam Street.)
  • After the first traffic light, take the next right onto Lawrence Street.
  • See the signs ahead indicating individual locations in The Wesley Community.

From Broadway in Saratoga Springs:

  • Go north on Broadway until you see the City Center on the right followed by the Saratoga Hilton. Keep left.
  • At the light, turn left onto Van Dam Street. After the first traffic light, take the next right onto Lawrence Street.
  • See the signs ahead indicating individual locations in The Wesley Community.

From the West:

  • Take Route 29 to West Avenue in Saratoga Springs. (A Stewart's Shops is on the corner.)
  • Turn left onto West Avenue.
  • Turn right onto Church Street and proceed past Saratoga Hospital.
  • At the first traffic light after the hospital, bear left onto Van Dam Street.
  • Take a left onto Lawrence Street.
  • See the signs ahead indicating individual locations in The Wesley Community.

From the East:

  • Take Route 29 to Broadway in Saratoga Springs. (Adirondack Trust Company is on the corner.)
  • Turn right onto Broadway. 
  • Go north on Broadway until you see the City Center on the right followed by the Saratoga Hilton. 
  • Keep left.
  • At the light turn left onto Van Dam Street.
  • Take a right onto Lawrence Street.
  • See the signs ahead indicating individual locations in The Wesley Community