Winter 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.

January 2021

Enriching Your Life with Podcasts

With Podcasts you can listen on your own schedule to the latest in politics and culture, interviews with your favorite celebrities, serial dramas, and comedy. In this session, you will learn about the great variety of podcasts and podcast apps, how to subscribe to them, and download episodes for free.

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

Date: Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Time: 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Zoom Video Conference

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chair yoga class

Chair Yoga

Join us for a fun, accessible way to short-circuit stress and build flexibility, balance, and strength. No previous yoga experience necessary. An armless, straight backed chair and comfortable clothing are all that are needed.

Please consider: If you have an ongoing health issue, it is best to check with your health care provider before beginning your yoga practice.

Presenter: Judith England, RN, Kripalu Yoga Instructor

Date: Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Time: 1:30 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.

Zoom Video Conference

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Effectively Using Your Apple iPhone – Beginner

Learn how to use your iPhone to make a call, send text messages and emails, and more.

This class is for those that are just starting to learn how to use an iPhone.

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

Date: Thursday, January 21, 2021

Time: 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Zoom Video Conference

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Tele Health: What is it? What’s Available? How Can it Help?

Due to the pandemic, many organizations and providers are offering Telehealth services to connect with their patients. For some, having the option to see your doctor from home can be a relief, for others, technology can seem like one of life’s greatest mysteries. This class will enlighten you on what Telehealth is and how you can make the most out of a Telehealth visit.

Presenter: Natalie Turner, LMSW, CDP, Center for Excellence for Alzheimer’s Disease, Alzheimer’s Center at Albany Medical Center

Date: Friday, January 22, 2021

Time: 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Zoom Video Conference

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Planning Your Digital Assets / Digital Legacy

Most people plan ahead for what they want to happen to their physical possessions upon their death, but have you thought about what will happen to your “digital assets”? This workshop will: 1) identify the components of a “digital legacy” (electronic data that is left behind when someone dies); 2) discuss why planning for your digital assets is important; 3) identify resources and strategies that you can use to document and communicate what you would like to have happen to your digital assets.

Presenter: Carla Sofka, PH.D., MSW, Professor of Social Work, Siena College

Date: Friday, January 22, 2021

Time: 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Zoom Video Conference

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Senior Smiles

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: Monday, January 25, 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.

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

Date: Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Time: 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Zoom Video Conference

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Assisted Living Options & 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. Participants will leave with a sense of what they should consider asking about when selecting the right option for them.

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

Date: Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Time: 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Zoom Video Conference

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A Simplified Approach to Financial Planning

Financial planning can be a very complex process. With over 25 years of experience to share, Brad and Paul will speak about and demonstrate simple steps you may want to consider when creating or reviewing your personal plan.

Presenters: Bradley R. Konopaske, & Paul Paska, Empire Asset Management Group, LLC

Date: Thursday, January 28, 2021

Time: 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Zoom Video Conference

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A Healthier You – Try the Mediterranean Diet

Learn about a healthier way to eat and feel better, as well as maintain a healthy weight. This program will discuss the principles and healthy benefits of the Mediterranean diet.

Presenter: Patricia Wukitsch, MS, RD, CDN

Date: Friday, January 29, 2021

Time: 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Zoom Video Conference

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February 2021

Aging-in-Place: Your Home for Your Lifetime

Older adults often express a desire to age-in-place. 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: Monday February 1, 2021

Time: 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Zoom Video Conference

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Memoir Writing Workshop – Part l

Everyone has a story to tell. In this two-part workshop, you will have fun getting started writing and revising. Come prepared to learn and share.

Presenter: Judith Fetterley, Emeritus Distinguished Teaching Professor of Writing & Literature, SUNY Albany

Date: Monday, February 1, 2021

Time: 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Zoom Video Conference

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Effectively Using Your Kindle Fire - Beginner

This class will be covering how to navigate your fire tablet, managing sounds and notifications, launching and installing Apps, accessing the Web, and more.

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

Date: Tuesday, February 2, 2021

Time: 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Zoom Video Conference

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chair yoga

Chair Yoga

Join us for a fun, accessible way to short-circuit stress and build flexibility, balance, and strength. No previous yoga experience necessary. An armless, straight backed chair and comfortable clothing are all that are needed.

Please consider: If you have an ongoing health issue, it is best to check with your health care provider before beginning your yoga practice.

Presenter: Judith England, RN, Kripalu Yoga Instructor

Date: Wednesday, February 3, 2021

Time: 1:30 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.

Zoom Video Conference

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Boning Up on Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis and fractures can greatly impact a person’s life. BOTH women and men do lose bone density as we age. Join us to learn about bones, calcium, fracture prevention, and osteoporosis medications. Let’s keep our bones strong.

Presenter: Mary Pat Roy, M.D., Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism, Stratton VA Medical Center

Date: Thursday, February 4, 2021

Time: 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Zoom Video Conference

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Memoir Writing Workshop – Part ll

Everyone has a story to tell. In this two-part workshop, you will have fun getting started writing and revising. Come prepared to learn and share. Part I of this class is February 1st.

Presenter: Judith Fetterley, Emeritus Distinguished Teaching Professor of Writing & Literature, SUNY Albany

Date: Monday, February 8, 2021

Time: 9:30 p.m. – 11:00 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 and emails, set reminders, manage your calendar, and even take pictures.

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

Date: Tuesday, February 9, 2021

Time: 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Zoom Video Conference

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chair yoga

Chair Yoga

Join us for a fun, accessible way to short-circuit stress and build flexibility, balance, and strength. No previous yoga experience necessary. An armless, straight backed chair and comfortable clothing are all that are needed.

Please consider: If you have an ongoing health issue, it is best to check with your health care provider before beginning your yoga practice.

Presenter: Judith England, RN, Kripalu Yoga Instructor

Date: Wednesday, February 10, 2021

Time: 1:30 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.

Zoom Video Conference

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Packing on the Nutrients!

Join Capital Roots’ educator for a discussion on ways to keep your meals benefitting your immune system & taste buds. We will also learn how to create our own windowsill micro greens set up.

Presenter: Amanda Vrsalovic, Garden Educator, Capital Roots

Date: Thursday, February 11, 2021

Time: 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Zoom Video Conference

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A Great Night's Sleep

Did you know sleep deprivation and ways to get peaceful, revitalizing, uninterrupted sleep.

Presenter: Barbara Stevens, Certified Stress Management Consultant

Date: Friday, February 12, 2021

Time: 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Zoom Video Conference

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Veterans Health Care and Benefits 101

Learn more about eligibility and benefits that are available. There will be a discussion on the VA Health Benefits, and the National Cemetery Administration.

Presenter: James Arrington, Chief of Health Administrative Services, Stratton VA

Date: Monday, February 15, 2021

Time: 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Zoom Video Conference

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Effectively Using Your iPad - Intermediate

Are you ready to learn more about your iPad? Learn how to read books, listen to music, use FaceTime, popular apps and more.

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

Date: Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Time: 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Zoom Video Conference

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Emergency Preparedness - What You Need to Know

Learn how to be better prepared for emergency situations.

Presenters: Melissa Gage, Public Health Preparedness Coordinator and Mehvish Bhatti, Public Health Planner, Albany County Dept. of Health

Date: Thursday, February 18, 2021

Time: 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Zoom Video Conference

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Aging Well – What Does it Mean?

Age is measured not only by the years in our life but “the life in our years”. We will explore the current findings about what we know to be true about how we live not only a long life but one that is healthy, productive and enjoyable.

Presenter: Judith England, RN, Health Educator and Kripalu Yoga Instructor

Date: Friday, February 19, 2021

Time: 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Zoom Video Conference

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Caregiver Health and Wellness

We are living in a topsy turvy world where things are constantly changing. Social distancing can have people feeling isolated and alone, yet caregivers continue to be committed and show up day after day. This workshop will focus on YOU and the best ways to keep yourself happy and well.

Presenter: Mary Moller, MSW, CAS, Program Specialist, Center for Excellence for Alzheimer Disease, Alzheimer’s Center at Albany Medical Center

Date: Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Time: 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Zoom Video Conference

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Housing for Senior Adults: Live Where You Want to Live

Where we live is so important to our health and happiness. To age in place, we need to have a good understanding of our housing options. Unravel the mysteries of senior housing and learn how to make the best choices.

Presenter: Jill McLellan Phelps, Director, DePaul Housing Management

Date: Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Time: 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Zoom Video Conference

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Seniors on the Move! Practical Tips to Help Seniors Stay Active, Build Muscle, and Maintain Flexibility and Balance

Learn simple ways to be more active and incorporate exercise in your daily routine. Wear comfortable clothing and be prepared for a live demonstration.

Presenter: Tanya Taitt, Certified Fitness Instructor and Wellness Coach

Date: Thursday, February 25, 2021

Time: 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Zoom Video Conference

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Effectively Using your iPhone - Intermediate

Do you want to do more than make phone calls with you iPhone or Smartphone? Learn to use Keychain to keep track of passwords, make voice memos, navigate the Internet, use accessibility features and more.

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

Date: Thursday, February 25, 2021

Time: 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Zoom Video Conference

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March 2021

Chair Yoga

Join us for a fun, accessible way to short-circuit stress and build flexibility, balance, and strength. No previous yoga experience necessary. An armless, straight backed chair and comfortable clothing are all that are needed.

Please consider: If you have an ongoing health issue, it is best to check with your health care provider before beginning your yoga practice.

Presenter: Judith England, RN, Kripalu Yoga Instructor

Date: Monday, March 1, 2021

Time: 1:30 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.

Zoom Video Conference

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Effectively Using Your Apple Watch

Learn how to get the most out of this remarkable device, from fitness tracking and health-oriented features like the EGG, to checking the weather and news, listening to audio books and music, using navigation, meditation and sleep monitoring.

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

Date: Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Time: 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Zoom Video Conference

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What to Think About When Choosing a Nursing Home: How to Make the Right Choice!

Choosing a nursing home for a family member is one of the most difficult decisions we have to make. This presentation will focus on the resources available to assist an individual in choosing a nursing home.

Presenter: Elliott Frost, ProCare Consultant, LeadingAge New York

Date: Wednesday, March 3, 2021

Time: 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m

Zoom Video Conference

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Streaming Services, Sticks, Mobile Devices

Learn how to bring the vast online learning and entertainment content options available on the internet Into your home by streaming to your TV. Hear about the many services to choose from, YouTube TV, Hulu, Netflix, Prime Video, ESPN+, Disney+ and more. We will cover how it all comes together at home, plus taking it on the road with streaming on mobile devices.

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

Date: Thursday, March 4, 2021

Time: 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Zoom Video Conference

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Over-the-Counter Medications with Your Pharmacist

A review of common over-the counter-medications and supplements. Guidelines on general medication use. How to get the most out of your relationship with your pharmacist.

Presenter: Daniel Malone, PharmD

Date: Tuesday, March 9, 2021

Time: 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Zoom Video Conference

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Microsoft Office: Word Program

Learn some tips and tricks for using the most common and widely used word processing application in the world. The application launched by Microsoft in 1983 has been transformed by changes too numerous to count. In this demonstration presentation you will see the latest interface, get some tips on navigation, formatting, and tools like Smart Lookup, Researcher, Translate and more.

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

Date: Tuesday, March 16, 2021

Time: 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Zoom Video Conference

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Chair Yoga

Join us for a fun, accessible way to short-circuit stress and build flexibility, balance, and strength. No previous yoga experience necessary. An armless, straight backed chair and comfortable clothing are all that are needed.

Please consider: If you have an ongoing health issue, it is best to check with your health care provider before beginning your yoga practice.

Presenter: Judith England, RN, Kripalu Yoga Instructor

Date: Wednesday, March 17, 2021

Time: 1:30 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.

Zoom Video Conference

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