The Albany Guardian Society 2018 Summer Institute semester offers programs in the following broad categories:

  • Technology
  • Health
  • Caregiving
  • 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 the Summer 2018 semester.

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 class description and complete the registration form. “PLEASE NOTE: If you register online and do not see a confirmation page or receive a confirmation email, or are unable to complete the online registration, please contact Albany Guardian Society.”

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 us at ags@albanyguardiansociety.org.

 

JUNE

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.


June 13, 2018

Kitchen Composting
Compost, also known as gardener’s “black gold”, is rich in nutrients and helps condition your soil and produce healthy and bountiful fruits and vegetables. This class will discuss the basics on home composting and how to get started in your own kitchen or backyard.  Composting is a free untapped resource that anyone can produce with a little knowledge and effort. 

  • Presenter: Cassie Andrusz, Educator, Capital Roots
  • Date: Wednesday, June 13, 2018
  • Time: 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
  • Location: Albany Guardian Society, 14 Corporate Woods Blvd., Suite 102, Albany, NY

June 13, 2018

Retirement Planning
Whether you have already retired or retirement is in your future, this class will present a no-sales overview of what you need to consider in retirement. Topics to be covered include: - Retirement is one of the most important decisions of your life. - What will your lifestyle look like? - What are some of the most important considerations you may want to think about?  This session will be an open discussion reviewing various choices and concerns people face when planning for and during retirement along with certain risks and perspectives associated with those decisions.

  • Presenter:  Bradley R. Konopaske, CFP, President and Laura Fedor, CFP, Vice President, Empire Asset Management Group, LLC
  • Date: Thursday, June 14, 2018
  • Time: 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
  • Location: Albany Guardian Society, 14 Corporate Woods Blvd., Suite 102, Albany, NY

June 14, 2018

The Village Movement in the Capital District

The “Village” movement was founded with the idea of “neighbors helping neighbors” with the goal of seniors remaining independent in their homes.  Villages are membership-driven, grassroots,nonprofit organizations run by volunteers and/or paid staff that coordinate access to a variety of services including transportation, home repairs and social events. Learn how and where Villages are being developed in the Capital District.”

  • Presenter: Ken Harris, Executive Director, Albany Guardian Society
  • Date: Monday, June 18, 2018
  • Time: 12:15 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.
  • Location: Colonie Public Library, 629 Albany Shaker Road, Loudonville, NY (See directions below)

June 18, 2018

Effective Communication Strategies and Alzheimer’s Disease
Communication is more than just talking and listening – it’s also about sending and receiving messages through attitude, tone of voice, facial expressions and body language. As people with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias progress in their journey and the ability to use words is lost, families need new ways to connect. Join us to explore how communication takes place when someone has Alzheimer’s and learn to decode the verbal and behavioral messages delivered.

  • Presenter: Shannon Lawler, LMSW, Director of Programs & Services, Alzheimer’s Assoc. of Northeastern New York
  • Date: Thursday, June 21, 2018
  • Time: 9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
  • Location: Albany Guardian Society, 14 Corporate Woods Blvd., Suite 102, Albany, NY


June 21, 2018


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.)


June 21, 2018

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, Umbrella Director, Colonie Senior Service Centers, Inc.
  • Date: Tuesday, June 26, 2018
  • Time: 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
  • Location: Albany Guardian Society, 14 Corporate Woods Blvd., Suite 102, Albany, NY

June 26, 2018

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 & Associates, LLP
  • Date:  Tuesday, June 26, 2018
  • Time: 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
  • Location: Albany Guardian Society, 14 Corporate Woods Blvd., Suite 102, Albany, NY

June 26, 2018

Driving is a Full Time Job…Avoid Distractions While Driving
The leading cause of accidents on New York State roads is distracted driving. This one hour class will discuss how to avoid distracted driving and driver inattention.

  • Presenter: Pat Latimer, AARP Driver Safety NYS, Deputy State Coordinator
  • Date: Thursday, June 28, 2018
  • Time: 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
  • Location: Albany Guardian Society, 14 Corporate Woods Blvd., Suite 102, Albany, NY

June 28, 2018
JULY

Library eBooks 101
Curious about library ebooks? Love audiobooks, but not sure how to download them from the library? Did you know the library has a mobile app? Bring your mobile device or eReader to this workshop and get help downloading ebooks, audiobooks, and digital magazines from the Upper Hudson Library System (Albany & Rensselaer Counties). You’ll need a valid UHLS library card and a valid email address to participate in this workshop.

  • Presenter: Deanna DiCarlo, Manager, Adult & Outreach Services, Upper Hudson Library System
  • Date: Tuesday, July 10, 2018
  • Time: 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
  • Location: Albany Guardian Society, 14 Corporate Woods Blvd., Suite 102, Albany, NY

July 10, 2018

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. (Bring your login and password)

  • Presenter: Eleonora Morrell, Training and Development Specialist, MicroKnowledge, Inc.
  • Date: Wednesday, July 11, 2018
  • Time: 1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Location: Albany Guardian Society, 14 Corporate Woods Blvd., Suite 102, Albany, NY

July 11, 2018

Going it Solo
The number of seniors aging solo has grown.  Sometimes it is an intentional decision to age alone, sometimes it is caused by the death of a partner or child.  Are you prepared to navigate on your own?  This program will help if you are alone (or soon to be alone) or if you want to plan to age solo, to review the legal documents needed.

  • Presenter: Michelle Wildgrube, Esq., Cioffi, Slezak, Wildgrube, PC
  • Date: Thursday, July 12, 2018
  • Time: 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
  • Location: Albany Guardian Society, 14 Corporate Woods Blvd., Suite 102, Albany, NY

July 12, 2018

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.)


July 17, 2018

Positive Aging
An author of several books, Ellen Cole will present her 8-year research project on positive aging for women (which is relevant and interesting to men, too). She will share what a cross-section of diverse women have said about their lives, the challenges and the joys, and conclude with what we can learn about thriving in one’s 8th decade and beyond.

  • Presenter: Ellen Cole, PhD
  • Date: Wednesday, July 18, 2018
  • Time: 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
  • Location: Albany Guardian Society, 14 Corporate Woods Blvd., Suite 102, Albany, NY

July 18, 2018

Garden Success All Season Long
Learn fun and creative ways to ensure high crop yields and reduce maintenance time in your garden throughout the season. Planning and prevention are key to success. This class will cover topics from garden layout, companion planting, soil prep, composting, pest and weed prevention to peak times of the growing season for harvesting different crops.  This class provides a mid-summer garden check up to work on current struggles and celebrate success!

  • Presenter: Cassie Andrusz, Educator, Capital Roots
  • Date: Thursday, July 19, 2018
  • Time: 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
  • Location: Albany Guardian Society, 14 Corporate Woods Blvd., Suite 102, Albany, NY

July 19, 2018

DIRECTIONS
To: 
Albany Guardian Society
14 Corporate Woods Blvd., Suite 102 
Albany, NY 12211 
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 Blvd. exit, Exit 5A.
Go through traffic light at end of exit ramp and at third driveway on the left, (look for the #14 sign) turn left into parking lot of 14 Corporate Woods Blvd.)
 
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 Blvd. exit, Exit 5A.
  • Go through traffic light at end of exit ramp and at third driveway on the left (look for the #14 sign) turn left into parking lot of 14 Corporate Woods Blvd.
From the East:
  • Travel west on I-90 to Corporate Woods Blvd. exit, Exit 5A.
  • Go through traffic light at end of exit ramp and at third driveway on the left (look for the #14 sign) turn left into parking lot of 14 Corporate Woods Blvd.
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 Blvd. exit, Exit 5A.
  • Go through traffic light at end of exit ramp and at third driveway on the left (look for the #14 sign) turn left into parking lot of 14 Corporate Woods Blvd.
 

To: 
Colonie Public Library
629 Albany Shaker Road
Loudonville, NY 12211
518-458-9274
 
The library is located off exit 4 of the Adirondack Northway (I-87) at 629 Albany-Shaker Road. 
 
From the South
  • Take Exit 4 and turn left at the ramp onto Wolf Road at the next light take a right onto Albany Shaker Road. 
  • Follow Albany Shaker Road past the library to the traffic circle. 
  • Exit the circle onto New Maxwell Road. 
  • Take your first left onto Field Drive to enter the library parking lot.
 
From the North
  • Take exit 4, where the road splits bear right. 
  • At the light at the end of the ramp turn left onto Rt. 155. 
  • At the next light turn left onto Albany Shaker Road. 
  • Follow Albany Shaker Road past the library to the traffic circle. 
  • Exit the circle onto New Maxwell Road. 
  • Take your first left onto Field Drive to enter the library parking lot.
When coming south on Maxwell Road, bear left and enter the new road going toward the library; pass the sign for the Times Union on the right; watch for a large blue sign on the right announcing the entrance to the library; turn right into the library entrance.