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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

Saturday, October 14

Thursday and Friday

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

7:00 a.m.– 8:15 a.m.

Engaging autonomy in older adults for improved outcomes

Healthcare outcomes improve with an individual's involvement in his/her care. Aging adults face specific challenges with healthcare decision-making due to poor health literacy and preference for paternalistic provider interactions. Explore the concept of individual autonomy and gain evidence-based tools/practices that empower older adults to participate.

You'll be able to
• Define the concepts of individual autonomy and shared decision-making.
• Use decision aids as a tool to improve older adult involvement in decision-making.
• Establish a specific plan of action for immediate implementation to engage autonomy in older adults for improved health outcomes.

Faculty: Stacey Zeigler, PT, DPT, MS, GCS, CEEAA, Clinical Professor, Clarkson University; and Diane Clark, PT, DScPT, MBA, Associate Program Director, Doctor of Physical Therapy Program, University of Alabama at Birmingham.
BP | CEUs

Take the struggle out of communications: Use this proven approach

Are you ready for Boomers and how they want to be communicated to? Discover a proven resident-communications strategy that uses email and social media, and combines resident feedback with best communication practices. Look at the steps one community took to implement and measure this approach, and ultimately serve as a model for others.

You'll be able to:
• Recall the tools learned and use them to pitch to community leaders for buy-in.
• Implement a resident communications strategy through email and social media.
• Measure the ROI of your resident communication strategy.

Faculty: Jennifer Rawlings, BS, Wellness Manager, Asbury Inverness Village; and Jason Brennan, BS, Manager, Stakeholder Engagement Communications, Asbury Communities.
MM | CEUs

Yoga for the ages

In a nonintimidating approach to strength and flexibility training, blend Flow Yoga techniques with yoga postures to create age-appropriate angles and curves with the body. Learn the six essentials and movement tactics on which the program is based; and technique for creating transitions. Experience sequences that are readily adaptable to all fitness levels.

You'll be able to
• Review the eight limbs of yoga and how they apply to older adults and their lifestyles.
• Introduce and experience the two levels of the Sun Salutation, giving the instruction a progressive way to build upon progressions for this population.
• Review the six essentials and movement tactics that are the basis of this series. These essential elements take a functional approach to counteract the effects of daily living, allowing participants to achieve better posture, balance and overall kinesthetic awareness.

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

Dance blast

Take home dances and networking activities that improve fitness, lower stress, and facilitate socialization by boosting oxytocin. The "feel good" hormone is released when connecting with others through dance and positive social engagement. Use positive music, motivating dances, inspirational thoughts and networking activities to boost oxytocin in your setting.

You'll be able to:
• Lead a series of partner and group dances to inspiring music.
• Facilitate fun and simple networking activities.
• Identify key research that supports dance, socialization, music and thought to boost oxytocin, lower stress and improve health.

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

Fast to slow: Did my power, speed and agility go?

Neuromotor abilities get hit the hardest with aging. Gait speed is slower, power production is lower, and quickness/reaction is diminished. Is this a result of aging per se, sedentary living, lack of stimulus, or a combination? Gain relevant research and practical tips for incorporating movements, drills and activities to preserve/improve these important abilities.

You'll be able to
• Comprehend the importance of preserving power, speed and agility.
• Expand your repertoire of programming, facility design and overall vision for addressing these parameters.
• Educate and inspire your clients/patients/residents to expand their perceptions of their potential skills and abilities.

Faculty: Pat VanGalen, MS, Active and Agile... Maximizing Mobility Through The Ages.
PA | HF/HF | CEUs


8:30 a.m.–9:45 a.m.

Implementing research into practice for effective outcomes

Evidence shows that simply having strong evidence supporting an intervention does not necessarily mean the intervention will be successfully implemented. Gain answers about how to produce consistent, positive outcomes in real-world settings. Explore drivers behind effective implementation and tools to assess organizational readiness for implementation.

You'll be able to
• Recognize the barriers to effective evidence-based implementation.
• Determine if your organization or setting is ready for implementation.
• Prepare your organization or setting for effective implementation.

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

Games brain play: Bringing next level gamification to cognitive wellness

Look at the role of games in brain training, focusing specifically on active aging. Consider the scientific rationale, benefits and limitations of a range of brain-training approaches, including traditional puzzle methods, and computer-based and social-based training models. Examine the potential that game-based approaches offer to future brain-training approaches.

You'll be able to
• Comprehend the scientific rationale, benefits and limitations of current models for game-based brain training.
• Identify future models for game-based applications in brain training.
• Recall how to apply best-practices approaches to game-based models to more effectively deliver cognitive training in your setting.

Faculty: Cynthia Green, PhD, President, Total Brain Health.
CE | HF/HF | CEUs

Walking for optimal bone health: Managing osteoporosis in older adults

Weight-bearing activities and exercise programs are critical to prevent bone loss and osteoporosis. In this session, practice examples of prevention and treatment options for improved bone health. Also, discover how poor bone health and osteoporosis play a role in everyday activities. Wear clothing/shoes for physical activity, as a walk will be included.

You'll be able to:
• Comprehend the background and scope of bone health and describe the risk factors associated with developing osteoporosis.
• Demonstrate and practice examples of prevention and treatment options for osteoporosis and improved bone health.
• Identify the impact of poor bone health and osteoporosis on activities of daily living.

Faculty: Neely Sullivan, MPT, CLT, Director of Education, Select Rehabilitation.
PA | HF/HF | CEUs

Golden oldies groove and gait

Step back in time for a workout to the classics! Get your golden oldies groove on with simple, dance-style choreography to boost cardio health, and fuse in posture, gait and balance drills. Gain choreographed patterns along with an understanding of music phrasing. Low on impact and high on fun, this aerobics workout is never out of style with active agers.

You'll be able to:
• Demonstrate simple low-impact choreography that incorporates 32-count music phrasing and the cueing skills required to lead this style of movement.
• Develop balanced choreography that travels linear and lateral with movement in multiple planes.
• Introduce drills that improve posture, balance and gait mechanics.

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

Turn back the clock: Reducing sarcopenia in older adults

Defined as age-related loss of muscle mass, strength, power and function, sarcopenia makes us weaker. When exercisers continue the same activity at the same intensity for months, the body adapts; it not only ceases to progress, but functionally declines. See how to deliver results, including increased skeletal muscle mass, with higher-intensity functional workouts.

You'll be able to:
• Engage and challenge participants by incorporating appropriate exercise progressions and boosted dietary protein, leading to increased skeletal muscle mass, decreased body fat, and greater vitality.
• Employ a programming framework toolkit to create deliberate, outcomes-based physical fitness that strengthens specific muscular weaknesses that lead to loss of independence and functional levels.
• Create metrics to analyze data and program effectiveness and rethink measurement (benchmarks) for work capacity.

Faculty: Katherine McDonnell, BA, Fitness and Wellness Coordinator, Sun Health Grandview Terrace; and Rhonda Zonoozi, BS, Health and Wellness Coach and Exercise Physiologist, Sun Health Center for Health and Wellbeing.
PA | HF/HF | CEUs


10:00 a.m.–11:15 a.m.

Bridging the gap from clinical wellness to functional well-being

Compliance after discharge from therapy is voluntary, self-regulated and largely dependent on a person's psychological state. Affordable resources that help maintain functionality reduce rates of readmission to skilled nursing and maintain, often improve, well-being. Learn options for implementing this program regardless of an organization's size and type.

You'll be able to:
• Improve and preserve the functional independence of your residents.
• Reduce readmissions to skilled nursing for similar or recurring injuries/illnesses.
• Increase revenue to the community through a new or improved service.

Faculty: Jordan Morrow, BA, MBA, Health and Wellness Director, Westminster Village.
MM| CEUs

Herding cats–The art of matrix management

Convincing others to work with you when they don't report to you may feel like herding cats, but can be done with the right training. Humans willingly join an initiative if they believe in it. Develop the communication tactics to cross over and connect with other departments, plus the organizational skills to help you effectively manage a cross-functional team.

You'll be able to:
• Manage a cross-functional project successfully.
• Increase the perceived value of your project by creating a culture that drives team accountability.
• Create cross-functional program engagement.

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

Chair Chi: Seated tai chi for the movement-impaired populations

Chair Chi is a gentle exercise program developed to help people receive the benefits of traditional tai chi in the comfort and safety of a chair. Learn the warm-up and cooldown (chi gung) exercise, plus Chair Chi's breathing and stretching techniques. Also discover why these exercises are beneficial for older adults and how to demonstrate some of the Chair Chi form.

You'll be able to
• Demonstrate some of the warm-up and cooldown (chi gung) exercises of Chair Chi, as well as describe the benefits for the older-adult population.
• Demonstrate breathing and massage techniques to advance the overall health of residents.
• Demonstrate some of the Chair Chi form and explain the health benefits as well.

Faculty: Patrick Griffith, BA, Founder, Chair Chi.
PA| LF/H-LF | CEUs

Wellness program discovery for enhanced engagement

Explore how to build a successful wellness calendar by introducing various program concepts through a six-to-eight-week "Wellness Discovery" period. Boost engagement and participation while discovering specific needs and interests of your population. Sample seven multidimensional chair-based program concepts, and take home fully built program templates.

You'll be able to:
• Implement a six-to-eight-week Wellness Discovery series to identify specific needs and interests unique to your community population.
• Comprehend the value of program variety for high-level engagement and participation.
• Identify specific programs that are ideal for your population following completion of the Wellness Discovery sessions. Gain tips and support tools for the successful rollout of each program concept.

Faculty: Sarah Robertson, BA, CPT, Instructor, Northshore Senior Center.
P| CEUs

Aging and movement–The cognitive connection

If you could take a pill that grew new brain cells and improved your ability to problem-solve and learn, how much would you pay? This "pill" is movement! Delve into the connection between physical and intellectual well-being, movement and its effect on cognition. Learn how music and rhythmic patterns improve efficacy of exercise and movement in relation to brain function.

You'll be able to
• Recognize movement's effect on cognition and brain function, in order to be able to form strategies for increasing effective movement opportunities in new and established programming.
• Comprehend progressions/regressions in relation to exercise options for older adults, for optimum efficacy and safety during movement opportunities.
• Develop and implement plans for increasing opportunities for movement for older adults.

Faculty: Sharlyn Green, MBA, Resident Programs Director, Freedom Plaza Peoria.
CE| HF/LF | CEUs

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