Summer 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.

June 2021

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.

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, Health Educator, Kripalu Yoga Instructor

Date: Monday, June 21, 2021

Time: 1:30 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.

Zoom Video Conference

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Senior Smiles

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Oral health is essential to your overall health. Learn how medication management, diet, and healthy habits can preserve your smile!

Presenter: Elizabeth S. Bray, Director of Health Affairs, NYS Dental Association

Date: Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Time: 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Zoom Video Conference

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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.

Presenter: Lauren Harrington, Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist

Date: Thursday, June 24, 2021

Time: 9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

Zoom Video Conference

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Get Your Affairs in Order (So Your Kids Don’t Have To)

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All of us should take time to organize our important paperwork, health directives, and home before a crisis occurs. Getting our ducks in a row provides a great amount of stress relief and prevents a ton of aggravation for those who will come after us. This presentation reviews what vital documents one should have, how to organize pertinent health information and document health wishes, how to begin to declutter and prepare for downsizing, and how to initiate the all-important conversation with loved ones.

Presenter: Lynda Shrager, OTR, MSW

Date: Thursday, June 24, 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, June 25, 2021

Time: 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m

Zoom Video Conference

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Food Waste and You: Strategies to Save Food, Save Money, and Save the Planet

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Up to 40% of all food that is grown, processed, and transported in the United States is wasted. This waste harms our planet and our economy. But there is good news – we can all make a difference. A staggering 43% of food waste occurs in households. We can reduce food waste by changing our daily habits around food.

Presenters: Tina Lieberman, Co-Founder, Zero Waste Capital District, Chair, Albany City Sustainability Advisory Committee; Michaela Flynn, UAlbany Intern, City of Albany’s Sustainability Advisory Committee

Date: Friday, June 25, 2021

Time: 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Zoom Video Conference

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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-Anastasi, Owner, Organize Senior Moves

Date: Monday, June 28, 2021

Time: 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Zoom Video Conference

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Understanding Home Health Care Services

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Most people want to stay in their home for as long as possible. There is a variety of home health care services available in the home setting. It can be confusing to figure out who qualifies for what, what services are provided, and how it is paid for. This session will break down the differences and help you plan for you or your loved one's needs. Why wait for the crisis - it's never too early to know your options.

Presenter: Caitlin St. George, Marketing Supervisor, the Eddy Community Service Division

Date: Tuesday, June 29, 2021

Time: 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Zoom Video Conference

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Effectively Using Your Android Smartphone - Beginner

Learn how to use your smartphone to make a phone call, send text messages, send emails, set reminders, manage your calendar, and even take pictures.

This class is for those that are just starting to learn how to use a smartphone, such as those made by Google, Samsung, LG, as well as many others.

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

Date: Tuesday, June 29, 2021

Time: 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Zoom Video Conference

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July 2021

Hearing Loss in Seniors

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This program will include a discussion on the ear and hearing system. Hearing loss will be covered along with an overview of amplification and hearing aids, assistive listening devices and Bluetooth technology.

Presenter:Tricia Doyle, AuD, Albany ENT & Allergy Services, PC; Doctor of Audiology; member of the American Academy of Doctors of Audiology

Date: Thursday, July 8, 2021

Time: 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Zoom Video Conference

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Going it Solo

The number of seniors aging solo has grown. Are you prepared to navigate on your own? This program will review the legal documents needed if you are alone (or soon tobe alone) or if you want to plan to age solo.

Presenter: Michelle Wildgrube, Esq., Cioffi, Slezak, Wildgrube, PC

Date: Thursday, July 8, 2021

Time: 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Zoom Video Conference

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A Healthier You – Try the Mediterranean Diet

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Are you looking for a healthier way to eat to feel better and maintain a healthy weight? This program will discuss the Mediterranean diet principles, the health benefits of this diet, and show you the Mediterranean Diet Pyramid. There will be some great recipes and resources to use for a better you!

Presenter: Patricia Wukitsch, MS, RD, CDN

Date: Friday, July 9, 2021

Time: 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Zoom Video Conference

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Assisted Living Options and How to Select the Right One for Your Needs

This presentation will help seniors and their loved ones understand the array of local “assisted living” options and consider when those services are appropriate or when other options might be explored. We will discuss the different categories of licensure, how these services are paid for, and what you will need to enter assisted living. In addition, we will discuss what these providers are doing to protect their residents and staff from COVID-19. Participants will leave with a sense of what they should consider or ask about when selecting the right option for them.

Presenter: Diane Darbyshire, Senior Policy Analyst, LeadingAge New York

Date: Friday, July 9, 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.

women yoga stretch in park

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

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, Health Educator, Kripalu Yoga Instructor

Date: Monday, July 12, 2021

Time: 1:30 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.

Zoom Video Conference

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Lower-Maintenance Perennial Gardening

We love the look of a lush flower-filled garden, the classic border with three seasons of continuous bloom, but such a garden requires a lot of work. On the other hand, we don’t want a concrete slab. We want something in between these extremes, something that meets our need as our lives get busier and bodies get older. This talk will cover the basics of lower-maintenance gardening. This includes planning, simplifying and editing plantings; choosing the right plants for your site and plants that are lower maintenance; and shrubbing up. Included, as well are specific examples of lower-maintenance gardens with plants lists.

Presenter: Judith Fetterley, Master Gardener, Owner, Perennial Wisdom

Date: Tuesday, July 13, 2021

Time: 9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m.

Zoom Video Conference

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Effectively Using Your iPhone – Apple – Beginner

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This class is for those that are just starting to learn how to use an iPhone. You will learn how to make a phone call, send text messages and emails, set reminders, manage your calendar, and take pictures.

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

Date: Tuesday, July 13, 2021

Time: 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Zoom Video Conference

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So – What DO Doctors Wish You Did, Before Your Appointment

This presentation will provide a unique perspective when it comes to managing your medical appointments. From the doctor’s perspective, learn what you can do to make the most of your time spent with the doctor. Time is limited; therefore, patients can assist the doctor if they are prepared for the appointment. Get the inside scoop to know what information doctors really need to help you and the doctor make the most of this valuable time.

Presenter: Dr. Nancy Sapio, Ellis Medicine

Date: Wednesday, July 14, 2021

Time: 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Zoom Video Conference

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Engagement into the Community After a Year of Isolation

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Recent studies show that social isolation can be as dangerous as smoking cigarettes. A year after many having to socially isolate due to the pandemic, this class will explore the health detriments, social factors of isolation, and how to engage back safely into activities, volunteering, and civic engagement to live a fulfilling life.

Presenter: Kevin Costello, MD, Geriatrician, Albany Medical Center

Date: Wednesday, July 14, 2021

Time: 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Zoom Video Conference

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Don't Get Ticked New York

Avoiding Lyme and other tick-borne diseases requires avoiding a tick bite! You will learn about the different ticks in our area and their biology, the diseases they carry, and how to protect yourself and others from being bitten.

Presenter: Joellen Lampman, Community IPM Extension Support Specialist, New York IPM Program at Cornell University

Date: Thursday, July 15, 2021

Time: 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Zoom Video Conference

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What is hoopla?

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Want to learn how to stream movies, music, and television and download eBooks and audiobooks? Join Librarian Maria Buhl, of the Guilderland Public Library, as she walks us through the free, digital media service known as hoopla. Available from many of the local public libraries, hoopla allows you to borrow movies, music, audiobooks, eBooks, comics, and TV shows to enjoy on your computer, tablet, or phone – and even your TV! Titles can be streamed immediately or downloaded to phones or tablets for offline enjoyment later. There are hundreds of thousands of titles to choose from, with more being added daily. hoopla is like having your public library at your fingertips!

Presenter: Maria Buhl, Dept. Head of Programs and Services, Guilderland Public Library

Date: Friday, July 16, 2021

Time: 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Zoom Video Conference

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Effectively Using Your Android Tablet – Beginner

The tablet is increasingly becoming a convenient tool for seniors to access movies, websites, take pictures, email, WhatsApp, use social media, and more. This course will help first-time users become comfortable using their tablet. Learn about tablet terminology, various parts of the tablet, interacting with the touch screen using gestures, and modifying settings. Explore some of the apps and camera basics. This class is for those that are just starting to learn how to use an Android tablet, made by Samsung, Lenovo, Google, as well as many others. Note: this does not include Amazon Fire, Amazon Kindle, or Barnes and Noble Nook devices.

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

Date: Tuesday, July 20, 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.

woman wakes from bed and stretches

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

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, Health Educator, Kripalu Yoga Instructor

Date: Wednesday, July 21, 2021

Time: 1:30 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.

Zoom Video Conference

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