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What's new: Active Aging Week campaign toolkit now available

Conference & Trade show

ICAA Conference and Trade Show
Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center
Orlando, Florida

Friday, October 13

Thursday and Saturday

KEY Tracks

BP--Big picture: trends, careers, connections within the active-aging ecosystems
CE--Cognitive & emotional health: brain health/cognition, emotional and mental health
PA--Physical activity: exercise, recreational activity, balance
MM--Management & marketing: leadership, program and company management, outreach
P--Programming: multidimensional programs, single programs, development
R--Research: research evidence for wellness programs; evidence-based frameworks
W--Walkabout: suited to outdoors; techniques for small spaces

Functional levels (physical function/cognitive function)

HF = higher functioning LF = lower functioning H-LF = high-to-low functioning NA = not applicable

6:30 a.m.–7:45 a.m.

Conductorcise celebrates 10 years presenting with ICAA + engaging Alzheimer's

Experience music in a new and special way with Conductorcise. Engage in conducting world-class music, and understand through music and motion how the body and brain connect. See how you can stimulate participants' brains and stimulate them to move and laugh every day. Also explore how to engage the Alzheimer's/dementia community.

You'll be able to:
•Initiate a program of listening that uses world music, including symphonic, folk and popular music.
•Engage residents in a way you may not have considered.
•Engage Alzheimer's/dementia residents through music, motion and humor. Discover research that states, "Chronological age, in and of itself, plays almost no role in accounting for differences in older people's health and well being."

Faculty: David Dworkin, MA, MEd, President and Creator, Conductorcise, LLC.
PA | HF/LF | CEUs

Medicine for the aging brain and neurologic disease progression–Exercise!

Experience how exercise can rewire the brain, promote wellness, and may positively impact the progression of neurologic age-related changes. Explore the importance of structured sessions of high-intensity aerobic training followed by goal-based task-specific exercise. Also, learn the recipe for success to create a group exercise program for this population.

You'll be able to:
•Describe how exercise may enhance the process of neuroplasticity.
•Use evidence to create fitness recommendations for people with Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer's disease, and age-related memory loss.
•Identify key components of a successful recipe for a group exercise program for people with Parkinson's disease and Alzheimer's disease.

Faculty: Jackie Russell, RN, BSN, CNOR, Co-Founder and Program Development Coordinator, and David Zid, BA, ACE, APG, Co-Founder and Director of Movement Disorder/Musculoskeletal Wellness, OhioHealth Delay the Disease.
PA | H-LF/H-LF | CEUs

Body Bar Flex brain-body balance

Choosing the right movement patterns, along with mental focus, is key to proper sequential movement patterning, which allows for improved brain function and enhanced, functional body progressions that improve activities of daily living. Experience patterns, along with visual stimulation, that challenge mind and body to cultivate balance, physically and mentally.

You'll be able to:
•Summarize the seven tips of mind-body balance.
•Experience through functional movement and cognitive challenges how visual stimulation can enhance motor response. Progress to using the Body Bar Flex to add balance challenges to the movement patterns.
•Incorporate three drills into your workouts that work with your students in a group setting.

Faculty: June Kahn, Founder and Owner, June Kahn Bodyworks, LLC.
PA | HF/HF | CEUs


6:30 a.m.--7:45 a.m.

EXPERIENCE LAB/EARLY-MORNING WORKOUTS

It's the perfect way to start your day: Experience new ways to exercise and new products and services that will stimulate your mind. Achieve both with a visit to the ICAA Trade Show.

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8:00 a.m.--9:30 a.m.

Nothing that's forever is forever interesting!

Make new programs familiar and familiar programs new! Learn ways to offer bingo, walking and other "activity staples," plus how to add a multidimensional approach to traditional activities and modify the same activity to all levels of care. Include a cognitive-stimulating component to enhance concentration and memory, plus add mindful exercise to muscular activity.

You'll be able to:
•Create multifunctional-level activities addressing all dimensions of wellness.
•Reinvent traditional programs for a more contemporary experience.
•Incorporate fun and easy-to-do brain games in movement classes.

Faculty: Peggy Buchanan, MA, Vitality/Wellness Program Coordinator, Vista del Monte.
P | CEUs

How music and technology are elevating cognitive care

Explore the science and business behind active music-making and how it can help providers meet the needs of a wide variety of residents, including those with dementia, Parkinson's disease and low vision. Learn how music programs can contribute to better resident outcomes, marketing opportunities, brand differentiation and staff retention.

You'll be able to:
•Discover the science behind why active music-making is a superior healthcare tool to passive music-listening experiences.
•Adopt best practices in implementing active music-making programs for older adults.
•Explain how implementing a technology-driven music program can help boost census and differentiate your brand.

Faculty: Andrew Tubman, MT-BC, Co-Founder and Chief Clinical Officer, SingFit.
CE | LF/LF | CEUs

How to develop, implement and evaluate effective fall prevention programs

There is evidence that falls and related injuries in older adults can be reduced. The challenge is to translate it into programs/services in ways that are practical, sustainable and effective—the goal of the Canadian Fall Prevention Curriculum (CFPC). Learn about its development and key messages for developing/implementing/evaluating an effective fall-prevention program.

You'll be able to:
•Define the scope and nature of the problem of falls.
•Assess risk and select evidence-based strategies for prevention.
•Implement and evaluate an effective and sustainable prevention strategy.

Faculty: Vicky Scott, PhD, RN, Clinical Professor, University of British Columbia.
P | CEUs

Brain Boosters for stress management

Participate in a variety of Brain Booster activities that boost energy levels, reduce stress, and improve the health of brain and body. Learn what happens to the brain on stress and how little changes can make a big difference in managing stress for better brain health. Everyone deals with challenges daily. Brain Booster activities will impact staff and clients/residents.

You'll be able to:
•Use 15 Brain Boosters to calm the body and brain.
•Discuss how these Boosters lower the stress response.
•Identify common stressors and explain body/brain response to stressors.

Faculty: Terry Ferebee Eckmann, PhD, Professor, Minot State University.
CE | HF/HF | CEUs

PANEL A new paradigm for old age
Mary Furlong, Margaret Drumheller, Jack York & Jack Barrette

The third age of life is one of opportunity for new life experiences. Innovations are happening in every sector of the market. What are the latest innovations? Who are the thought leaders? How are innovations going to market through social media? Delve into implications for you and for entrepreneurs/businesses that want to leverage the opportunity.

You'll be able to:
•Recognize and respond to new business opportunities driven by an aging population.
•Recognize new innovations and how they can impact your business or programs.
•Explain how social media will impact how you market new innovations.

Faculty: Mary Furlong, EdD, President and CEO, Mary Furlong and Associates; Margaret Drumheller, BA, Market Innovation Director, AARP; Jack York, BS, President and Cofounder, It’s Never 2 Late; and Jack Barrette, BA, CEO and Founder, WEGO Health.
MM | CEUs

Great regressions

This session creates a master plan for progressions and regressions to help you devise workouts easily adapted to a broad range of ability and mobility. Take home creative ideas to accommodate daily variances in ability and energy with regression options using equipment. Address suitability and approaches with equipment/training for specific populations.

You'll be able to:
•Identify progressions and regressions to offer clients.
•Adapt training principles to a broad range of clients using a variety of training tools.
•Adapt exercises for home training and functional movement.

Faculty: Libby Norris, BA, Fitness Manager, City of Mississauga; and Ruth Parliament, BSc, MA, Faculty, Conestoga College.
PA | HF/HF | CEUs

Making tai chi simple for you and your community

Discover tai chi and its history. By learning several moves of the Yang 24 form, you'll see just how simple it is to include tai chi in your programming. Explore the underlying concepts of tai chi in relation to the research proving its many benefits, which include balance training for fall prevention, improving sleep quality and decreasing stress and anxiety.

You'll be able to:
•Utilize the underlying concepts of tai chi to help your community with balance and fall prevention.
•Explain the benefits of practicing tai chi.
•Recognize the benefits that tai chi can provide for your community.

Faculty: Dianne Bailey, CSCS, FAS, Functional Aging Institute.
PA | HF/HF | CEUs

Community asset mapping: From domains to practice

Using community asset mapping and the World Health Organization's Age-Friendly Domains as a foundation, we can determine strengths of a desired community. Identification of age-friendly community features provides a pathway for the older adult's transition to his/her community to age in place. Engage in a community asset-mapping experience in this session.

You'll be able to:
•Define the World Health Organizations (WHO) Age-Friendly Domains.
•Explain the importance of age-friendly community features that support aging in place with dignity.
•Define community asset mapping.

Faculty: Laura Caron-Parker, BA, OTR/L, Clinical Director, Genesis Rehab Services--Vitality to You (V2U); and Felicia Chew, BS, MS, OTR/L, FAOTA, Vice President of Clinical Services, Genesis Rehab Services.
MM | CEUs

Spell your name walking workout

Amp up your morning with a full-body workout through sport-specific inspired movements using your own body. Learn why 45-minute formats are all the rage. Begin with a lively warm-up, then get out and walk—studies show even a 10-minute walk immediately boosts brain chemistry. Explore and adopt new practices for working with your Active Agers.

You'll be able to:
•Delineate and interpret the benefits of sports-specific moves using your own body and how to accommodate aging adults of all abilities.
•Ignite current activities and wellness programming by applying fresh and mainstream fitness ideas in order to increase participation, especially with the men in your communities.
•Share a refreshed viewpoint, having gained valuable connections, resources and ideas from fellow attendees.

Faculty: Tracey Harvey, National Program Director, Wellness Services, Aegis Therapies/EnerG® Wellness; and Donna Diedrich, PT, DPT, GCS, National Director of Clinical Services, Aegis Therapies.
W| HF/HF | CEUs


9:45 a.m.–10:45 a.m.

DESIGN LAB EDUCATIONAL SESSION

Help design the future of active aging together. In this session, you'll be able to offer feedback to industry partners, so they can design effective products and services that address all functional levels and the future needs of your clients and organization. Collaborate with colleagues to ensure the industry seizes opportunities and drives change. And share your knowledge and ideas to inspire others to reach new levels of understanding and improve quality of life for older adults.

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11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

Inviting difficult conversation

As managers and leaders, we need to become good at inviting difficult conversation. Gain a framework as well as verbiage to invite and effectively deal with these conversations. Using difficult situations from participants and the framework/verbiage, the presenter will demonstrate how to move from dancing around difficult issues to dealing with them.

You'll be able to:
•Build more functional professional relationships.
•Work through difficult issues more proficiently.
•Create authentic connection by building trust.

Faculty: Karen Woodard, President, Premium Performance Training.
MM | CEUs

PANEL Person-centered wellness and care: An equation for success

Going from a medical to a wellness model with attention to person-centered care requires focus. Explore thinking outside parameters of current practice to create environments where person-centered care is the focus of service delivery. This session will discuss the transition and identify steps to successful transformation through leadership, education and outcome measurement.

You'll be able to:
•Describe the components of assessment that identify resident-specific strengths, needs and problems related to person-centered care.
•Discuss changes to the care-delivery process that foster person-centered services.
•Review specific approaches to care delivery that focus on wellness, independence and psychosocial well-being.

Faculty: Leah Klusch, BSN, Executive Director, The Alliance Training Center; Renee Kinder, MS, CCC-SLP, RAC-CT, Director of Clinical Education, Encore Rehabilitation; Melissa Allen, LNHA, Administrator, Riverview Healthcare Center; and Angela McAllister, BS, Director of Cultural Transformation-Hometown, Signature HealthCare.
MM | CEUs

Buds to blossoms–Fostering intergenerational relationships

Newer AgeCare communities feature childcare centers that facilitate "intergenerational programming." Examine the benefits of this programming for children and older adults, and the impact of interactions on emotional, intellectual and social well-being. Also review the impact of isolation on older adults. Learn about current literature and best practices.

You'll be able to:
•Bring together multiple generations in older-adult residential communities.
•Apply best practices in the event your organization decides to embrace "intergenerational programming."
•Demonstrate a working knowledge associated with "intergenerational programming" within a shared environment.

Faculty: Salimah Walij-Shivji, BSW, LLB, MSW, Chief Client Engagement Officer & General Counsel, and Connie Hesjedal, BHSc, MSW LHS, AgeCare.
P | CEUs

Foods, nutrients and dietary patterns for healthy aging

In this session, you'll review important macro- and micronutrients and their effects against aging and chronic conditions, plus compare these with actual intake in the US population to identify "shortfall nutrients." Also look at changes in diet that can help close these gaps. Finally, explore some current diet trends, and discuss their strengths or limitations.

You'll be able to:
•Identify shortfall nutrients in the US diet and their importance to healthy aging.
•Identify food groups that need to be increased to improve nutrition and health.
•Name some recent dietary trends and their limitations and/or strengths for healthy aging.

Faculty: Katherine Tucker, BS, PhD, Professor of Nutritional Epidemiology, Department of Biomedical & Nutritional Sciences, University of Massachusetts Lowell.
R | CEUs

PANEL Innovative ideas from award-winning programs

A new angle can spark an idea that turns a competent program into a great success. Join the recipients of the 2017 ICAA Innovators Awards as they explain how they created innovative programs that "ignited" their clients and wellness program or took their initiative to a new level. Leave with ideas and tactics to implement when you get home.

You'll be able to:
•Identify characteristics of effective programs for older adults.
•Name at least three programs that are successful in increasing participation among older adults.
•List methods of promoting new programs to build participation.

Faculty: Jana Decker, BA, Director of Wellness, Asbury Inverness Village; and ICAA Innovators Award winners.
P | CEUs

Brain, body and balance at the barre

Barre concepts such as balance, coordination, and lower-body strength align well with the unique needs of the older-adult population. These concepts can easily be incorporated into classes, whether done from the barre or a chair. Including brain exercises with movement adds fun, challenge, and an important element of socialization.

You'll be able to:
•Design safe and effective barre (or barre fusion) classes with a variety of equipment.
•Implement safe progressions for movement, balance, and brain exercise.
•Incorporate all three elements of balance: somatosensory, visual and vestibular.

Faculty: Julie Schuster, BS, Fitness Instructor, and Allissa Raway, BS, Fitness Manager, Friendship Village of Bloomington.
PA | HF/HF | CEUs

Balance to the BEAT

Add drumsticks to seated and standing exercise classes for a new approach to fitness and fun. Seated exercises are an opportunity to improve strength and flexibility plus rehearse exercise progression. After accomplishing goals, add standing exercises to train function and balance. Presenters will demonstrate exercise progressions and incorporate drumming patterns.

You'll be able to:
•Demonstrate seated and standing exercises that incorporate drumsticks into older-adult group fitness classes.
•Develop a progression of exercises using a rehearsal technique that takes students from seated to standing to functional movement patterns.
•Incorporate partner exercises to encourage fun and stimulate social wellness.

Faculty: Cammy Dennis, BBA, CPT, Fitness Director, and Jessica Pinkowski, CPT, NPI-CPS, Group Fitness Supervisor, On Top of the World Communities, Inc.
PA | HF/HF | CEUs


12:35 p.m.–3:00 p.m.

BUYERS LAB/ICAA TRADE SHOW

Join us for the ICAA Trade Show, an expo targeted to the active-aging industry. At previous ICAA Conferences, most attendees have explored the trade show to learn about new products and services that may offer them a competitive advantage in the marketplace or provide better solutions for their clients or organizations. Take this opportunity as a wise buyer to do your research, and learn the stories behind the products and services needed for success. More than a trade show, ICAA's expo is your opportunity to discover new possibilities to ignite your wellness efforts.

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3:15 p.m.–4:30 p.m.

Mining the gems within: Spirit and dementia

Healthcare providers, caregivers, and those who enrich the lives of the aging are like miners of precious gems. What are the treasures of aging? How do we mine and polish them to shine with brilliance in old age? Let's explore and uncover ways to connect to the spirit of people living with dementia, to the gem within, while exploring those treasures in ourselves.

You'll be able to:
•Implement spirit-centered practices to enrich the day-to-day experience of residents and with residents.
•Connect and communicate more effectively with residents with dementia.
•Set a new context in healthcare to enhance the relationship with the resident and the work experience.

Faculty: Carol Hassell, MDiv, Chaplain, Ordained Pastor/PC(USA), and Stacy Flemming, BA, MA, Memory Care Coordinator, Sharon Towers.
CE | CEUs

Seven essential elements of building a business case for wellness Hollie Fowler

Learn what elements are critical to developing a strong business case for launching wellness initiatives. Topics include how to outline required costs and resources, promote benefits to internal stakeholders, and identify risks. Most importantly, learn how to generate the positive ROI necessary to gain the support and investment to get your programs up and running.

You'll be able to:
•Identify the essential elements needed to build a positive return on investment.
•Identify the costs and resources to build a business case.
•Develop a positive ROI (return on investment) to obtain the necessary support and investments.

Faculty: Hollie Fowler, BA, Senior Director, Product and Brand Development, Prestige Care, Inc.
MM | CEUs

Make every connection matter: Experiences for spirit, mind and body

Creating community starts with making a connection, but not all connections are equal. Gain practical, applicable information on how to make every program experience matter. Explore how to evaluate the success of programs against measurable criteria. Provide what participants need disguised in a package of what they want. Time will be allotted for program sharing.

You'll be able to:
•Measure the success of your program against specific criteria.
•Evaluate existing programs to determine if you matter in the lives of participants.
•Create a balanced array of programming that meets the needs (body, mind and spirit) of participants.

Faculty: Roxy Kline, ACE, Director of Healthy Living and Active Aging Expert, YMCA of the Greater Twin Cities.
P | CEUs

Healing gardens: The right garden for the right client

"Healing garden" is often used to describe any garden in healthcare and senior communities, yet differences in garden types impact design, programming and use. Learn terms used for healing-garden types as they relate to aging environments. Existing gardens will be presented to discuss design elements. Research and programming examples/ideas will be included.

You'll be able to:
•Describe the distinctions between healing garden types and their relationship to an aging population.
•Explain how healing gardens are designed and programmed differently for various users with specific needs and goals.
•Discuss research that examines relationships between active and passive participation, restorative experiences, and healing garden types.

Faculty: Elizabeth Diehl, RLA, HTM, Director of Therapeutic Horticulture, Wilmot Gardens, College of Medicine, University of Florida; and Jack Carman, FASLA, RLA, Design for Generations, LLC.
BP | CEUs

The intergenerational imperative
Lori Bitter, Beth Sanders & Andrea Fonte Weaver

While increased longevity has created more living generations than ever experienced in human history, headlines perpetuate a myth of generational angst between Boomers and Millennials. From workplace to aging in place, productive intergenerational relationships are vital. Hear the latest research. See projects/cases that promote harmony and understanding.

You'll be able to:
•Describe the generational differences that drive both conflict and interdependence.
•Comprehend the life stages in adult life and see how those are expanding due to increased longevity. Also, gain insight into what the future looks like for younger generations in terms of life stages and lifestyles.
•Develop an understanding for the relevant research and case studies that point to the need for intergenerational programs.

Faculty: Lori Bitter, MS, CEO, The Business of Aging (Moderator); Beth Sanders, BA, Founder and CEO, LifeBio.com; and Andrea Fonte Weaver, BA, MS, Founder and Executive Director, Bridges Together, Inc.
BP | CEUs

A body balance class demonstrating the power of posture

Learn exercises/exercise variations that safely, effectively encourage improved posture, as well as key cueing concepts and format. Discover how to use various exercise equipment to support alignment, challenge balance and encourage improved posture. Learn how creating awareness of the body in space, its alignment and being present are foundations to this class.

You'll be able to:
•Implement new exercises and variations into existing classes to promote improved posture.
•Comprehend movements that encourage improved posture safely and effectively.
•Use appropriate cueing effectively.

Faculty: Dayna Stoddart, BScPT, Wellness Director, Ballantrae Golf and Country Club.
PA | HF/HF | CEUs

Moving to happiness–Living the prosperous life after 50

Learn about a variety of techniques and tools that you can use with your clients to help them flourish and thrive as they step onto the middle stage of life. Rooted in positive psychology and modeled after the Blue Zones, this session will discuss a variety of ways you can help your clients add life to their years and years to their life.

You'll be able to:
•Identify the key principles in how to elevate levels of happiness. Also, comprehend how much happiness is within our control and what we can do to maximize our quality of life. (Based on Sonja Lyubomirsky's work.)
•Explain the effects of exercise on the brain and how, by moving our bodies, we can change our thoughts, brains and experiences of life.
•Discuss the Blue Zones and how we can take the best of these communities and apply the tools they use to daily life in order to add years to life. (Based on Dan Buettner's work.)

Faculty: Petra Kolber, NASM, ACE, AFAA, CEO, Petra Kolber, LLC.
CE | CEUs

The whole package: Current trends in programming for older adults

Balance training, functional fitness, brain training and aquatic exercise are current trends in programming for older adults. Review current research on these areas, and gain techniques for incorporating each into one land-based or aquatic "whole package" class. Experience creative balance exercises and functional exercises that include mentally stimulating activities.

You'll be able to:
•Identify current research that supports the benefits of balance training, brain training, functional fitness and aquatic exercise for older adults.
•Identify creative techniques for designing an exercise program that will focus on improving balance, functional fitness and brain fitness, or techniques for incorporating individual exercises into an existing exercise programs.
•Identify effective techniques for adapting balance exercises and functional exercises to the water, and techniques for including mentally stimulating activities in water-exercise programs.

Faculty: Kimberly Huff, MS, CSCS, Fitness Director, Heron Point Retirement Community, an Acts Life-Retirement Community.
PA | HF/HF | CEUs

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4:45 p.m.–6:15 p.m.

The power of harnessing hospitality in your community

When team members stumble, how do they recover? Create a service recovery plan that gives the word hospitality purpose. Besides following rules, sticking to routine and treating every situation alike, frontline employees must be able to do the opposite. Learn the process of creating exercises and an outline for employees to help establish a hospitality/service recovery culture.

You'll be able to:
•Comprehend and define hospitality for each department in the community.
•Recognize the value and the role of service recovery in creating a hospitality environment.
•Engage your community teams in creating consistent service-recovery solutions.

Faculty: David Koelling, BA, President/Founder, Strategic Dining Services.
BP | CEUs

Holistic programming: The science of purpose and social connection

A holistic approach, based on purpose and social connection, is the next frontier in creating sustainable wellness programming that resonates with current/future participants. Gain a compelling research-based vision of what this programming can do for vitality. Explore practical examples and develop an understanding of both science and implementation strategies.

You'll be able to:
•Comprehend the research behind purpose and social connection for helping older adults live with vitality.
•Discover new ways to program beyond participants' limits that speak to their personal passions.
•Transform a sample activities calendar using purpose and social connection to drive changes.

Faculty: Bethany Garrity, BS, MS, MBA, Director of Corporate Fitness and Active Aging Services, NIFS.
P | CEUs

Producing the next generation of leaders

The next evolution of leadership requires change. Defining skills and competencies in developing this generation of leaders will be critical. What are some strategies and what are we looking for to attract those leaders? Start with the assumption that leadership skills is a key activity. This session will discuss all aspects of implementing this in developing future teams.

You'll be able to:
•Review essential characteristics in everyday leadership.
•Compare core competencies and skill sets for potential leaders.
•Evaluate a variety of learning experiences to engage and provide opportunities for potential talent.

Faculty: Maria Connelly, BA, CEO, TheWellnessEdge.
MM | CEUs

Integrating individual characteristics with physical activity: The role of personality

Motivating individuals to be physically active can be challenging. Research shows personality analysis can help. Explore the benefits of personality-based light, moderate and strenuous physical activities. Learn the "Big Five" traits and facets, association with types of physical activity in older adults, best practices for assessment use and how to implement techniques.

You'll be able to:
•Identify the "Big Five" personality traits and their associated facets.
•Utilize existing personality assessments to implement with clients/residents or participants.
•Recommend physical activity based on personality assessments for clientele, based on best practices.

Faculty: Laura Covert, BS, MS, PhD, Therapeutic Recreation Professor, Pittsburg State University. PA | CEUs

Those who can, teach: Peer-led training in brain fitness

Explore the benefits that arise from using peer instructors in a social-based brain-training program, including rationale for peer-led instruction, specific program-design challenges, instructor preparation and unique cognitive health benefits of this approach. A case study illustrates real-world experience with implementing this approach in a life plan community.

You'll be able to:
•Identify the rationale for and wellness benefits of peer-led brain-training programs to all participants.
•Discuss the unique challenges of peer-instructed programming, including program design, instructor preparation, and community implementation.
•Integrate peer-led instruction across aspects of your wellness offerings.

Faculty: Cynthia Green, PhD, President, Total Brain Health; and Stacy Brown, BS, GGCP, Life Engagement Director, Plantation Estates, an Acts Retirement-Life Community.
CE | HF/HF | CEUs

Neuroplasticity can be as easy as child's play!

The brain maintains its ability to grow and create new neural pathways into advanced age—a concept known as neuroplasticity. Research indicates the best way to stimulate neuroplastic changes is combined physical/cognitive challenges. Learn the latest neuroscience findings and experience concepts, exercises (tools) and techniques used in the Ageless Grace brain-fitness program.

You'll be able to:
•Describe exercise characteristics that are effective for improving both physical and cognitive function.
•Utilize the element of play to stimulate the five primary functions of the brain.
•Incorporate the "21 Tools for Lifelong Learning and Ease" into group exercise programs for adults with diverse cognitive abilities.

Faculty: Cody Sipe, PhD, Co-Founder and Vice President, Functional Aging Institute; and Denise Medved, BS, President and Creator, Ageless Grace.
PA | LF/HF | CEUs

Hip senior exercises

Are your clients dealing with sore backs, or knee or shoulder pain? Learn how a six-directional movement formula for your aqua class can improve total-body functionality—it's perfect for people with arthritis or any level workout. You'll return home with an extended library of hip-focused aquatic exercises that have whole-body results.

You'll be able to:
• Comprehend why tight and weak hips contribute to low-back, pelvic and knee pain.
•Explain why moving the hips in six directions improves total-body functionality and how the aquatic environment enhances ease of the movements.
•Create hip-focused exercises that help with back, knee, hip and shoulder pain.

Faculty: Laurie Denomme, BHk, FAFS, Founder, Water Exercise Coach (WECOACH).
PA | HF/HF | CEUs

PANEL Wellness: A resident point of view

We develop programs and policies, and deliver logistics at sites/centers that support older adults. How often do we hear from the adults whom these items impact? Discover Sharon Towers, a community working to reposition itself through culture change. Hear stories and opinions from four of its residents about wellness and its place in their lives today and tomorrow.

You'll be able to:
•Recount the tipping point from each resident as to why and when Sharon Towers became a living option for them.
•Explain the wellness amenities and programs that appeal to this panel group that could support successful aging.
•Describe how change and enhancements for a culture of wellness are perceived and the impact they have on residents.

Faculty: Kelly Stranburg, MEd, CEP, CSCS, Director of Vitality and Well-being, Sharon Towers; additional panelists to be announced.
BP | CEUs

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