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What's new: The business case for wellness programs in senior living.

CONFERENCE, SUMMIT & TRADE SHOW

ICAA 2019: Shaping the future of wellness
October 10-12, 2019
Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center
Orlando, Florida

Sessions: Friday, October 19, 2018

Tracks

Cognitive & emotional health: programs, activities, methods to support these dimensions
Employee wellness: integrating employees, launching initiative, motivation and tracking results
Leadership & management: partnerships, management, leadership of staff/wellness culture
Physical activity: exercise, recreational activity, balance, how to plan and deliver activities
Programming: multidimensional calendars, single programs, development, content
Research: findings with practical application for wellness dimensions or business process
Trends & innovations: innovations in the field, technologies, “big picture” topics
Walkabout: suited to outdoors; techniques for small spaces
Wellness for health: therapists/wellness staff coordination, program benefits

6:30 a.m.–7:45 a.m.

Connections: Reimagining dementia through engagement, empowerment and educationTeresa Sawyer & Angela Bush

Gain a vision of a memory-care wellness program inside an Alzheimer’s Foundation of America-certified community. This innovative, holistic approach for those with dementia includes global partnerships with the community-at-large and shapes dementia care, creating positive changes for those living with dementia plus their families and caregivers. See video demonstration of programs.

You’ll be able to:

  • Plan, coordinate and implement programs in your environment (including learning ways to adapt aquatics, writing, and sensory motor dancing experiences to your environment/field of influence).
  • Identify keys for success and best practices for creating meaningful resident and caregiver emotional, social and spiritual connections.
  • Realize the importance of connection within the three pillars of the program (senior engagement, senior/caregiver empowerment, and global community dementia education) and be able to successfully influence positive change in how senior wellness is approached.

Faculty: Teresa Sawyer, BME, CPT, RYT E-300, Owner, Move, Play, Live, LLC; and Angela Bush, MA, Sales Director, Kisco Senior Living.
P | CEUs

Using Go4Life in your exercise programming: A model for implementationStephanie Dailey & Rita Altman

Learn key elements necessary to implement a successful Go4Life program in senior living communities. Go4Life® is the evidence-based exercise and physical activity campaign from the National Institute on Aging (NIA) at National Institutes of Health. Gain a roadmap/guideline to support programming development, and participate in exercise. Includes instructional and motivational videos.

You’ll be able to:

  • Describe the evidence-based Go4Life campaign from the National Institute on Aging at NIH, which focuses on promoting exercise and physical activity among older adults; and see how to obtain its many free materials.
  • Recount how Sunrise Senior Living, a Go4Life partner, has used five key factors to successfully incorporate Go4Life into its ongoing exercise programming for older residents.
  • Use strategies and techniques from this successful model of implementation to adapt and incorporate Go4Life into your physical activity programs for older adults.

Faculty:Stephanie Dailey, MA, Senior Public Affairs Specialist, National Institute on Aging, and Director, Go4Life Campaign; and Rita Altman, MSN, RN, CVM, Senior Vice President of Memory Care and Program Services, Sunrise Senior Living.
P | CEUs

Veterans: Honoring all who served, resident-run programmingJulie Davila & Maranda Trahan

Hear the impact a resident-run veteran committee has for the community and how to engage veterans and/or spouses in programming. Learn key mapping skills on how to design a committee, develop monthly programming, and create a higher ROI with marketing to veterans. Learn strategies for how our community has gone from engaging 23% to 77% of 92 veterans.

You’ll be able to:

  • Gather data around key veteran needs and concerns.
  • Design and implement a veteran committee.
  • Implement veteran programming each month.

Faculty: Julie Davila, MPH, Wellness Director, and Maranda Trahan, MS, PhD, BCBA®, Wellness Director for Assisted Living, The Fountains of Melbourne, Kisco Senior Living.
P | CEUs

Conductorcise: Create a spark through music, motion and laughter that ignites your dayDavid Dworkin

Experience what an 84-year-old can contribute to the culture of wellness by example and exploring one’s own potential. Discover how music, motion and humor can stimulate people at all levels of health and age. Learn how to listen, not only to music, but also to each other. Find out how to bring this experience to your venue and create a program of brain and body stimulation

You’ll be able to:

  • Set into action a program of body and brain stimulation through music, motion and research for independent living through memory care in your setting. Support material will be provided.
  • Use your knowledge of how to engage aging generations to start a series of classes that will encourage participants to return for more.
  • Recognize your own potential for working in the aging community by exciting your imagination.

Faculty: David Dworkin, MA, MEd, President and Creator, Conductorcise, LLC.
P | CEUs

Creative movement for brain healthDenise Medved & Dianne Bailey

We must combine exercise for the body and simultaneous stimulation of the brain for optimal lifelong function and graceful aging, plus practice unfamiliar movements to create neural pathways. Using this research, traditional tai chi and the Ageless Grace program can be used to help older adults age successfully. Experience movements and learn how they enhance brain health.

You’ll be able to:

  • Utilize recent brain health research to develop new classes for your clientele.
  • Integrate movement with brain stimulation to improve quality of life for your clientele.
  • Implement Ageless Grace techniques and tai chi movements into existing classes.

Faculty: Denise Medved, BS, President and Creator, Ageless Grace; and Dianne Bailey, CSCS, FAS, Open the Door to Tai Chi and Functional Aging Institute.
CE | CEUs

Mixed-level yoga: Bringing ancient wisdom into the presentAllissa Raway

Yoga is an ancient practice that has found its way into modern studios and clinics. With modernization, basic principles are sometimes lost, diminishing yoga’s healing effects. Learn basic yogic principles that have stood the test of time, plus recent research about yoga’s benefits, poses for mixed-level classes or personal training, cueing techniques, contraindications and more.

You’ll be able to:

  • Implement new ideas for intelligent class design for mixed-level older-adult classes and personal training.
  • Cue efficiently and effectively, creating a safe environment for mixed-level classes.
  • Integrate the ancient wisdom of yogic tradition to maintain a pure, healing approach to the practice.

Faculty: Allissa Raway, BS, Fitness Manager, Friendship Village of Bloomington.
PA | CEUs

8:00 a.m.–9:30 a.m.

Programming for increased participation: Keys to getting clients more involved Annie Shaffer

Learn how to plan and implement programs that motivate/empower clients to exercise, try new experiences and live well. Find out motivational challenges and other programs that have inspired clients to pursue whole-body wellness. See survey tools, tracking instruments and other key components. Get guidelines on how to involve clients in the planning and implementation process.

You’ll be able to:

  • Create pre- and post-survey tools that measure the success of programs.
  • Design and utilize various tracking tools that motivate participation.
  • Create programs that nurture all dimensions of wellness for whole-person wellness.

Faculty: Annie Shaffer, BS, Director of Wellness, Sunnyside Retirement Community.
P | CEUs

Moving from activities to engagement–Helping our residents find purposeHollie Fowler

Today’s consumers demand more person-centered experiences. It is crucial to provide individualized therapeutic engagement, but current interventions may not match each resident’s needs and interests. Receive practical, empirically supported strategies and resources to engage individuals meaningfully to enhance quality of life through nonpharmacological interventions.

You’ll be able to:

  • Comprehend the concept of therapeutic engagement that is person-centered.
  • Review evidence that supports the use of non-drug engagement interventions.
  • Describe how life engagement interventions can be introduced and sustained in order to maximize each resident’s quality of life.

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

Know what matters most: Advancing person-centered wellness and care to drive outcomes Jana Decker & Jim Kinsey

In an experience economy, residents/stakeholders are changing the landscape of services and care. Inverness Village, with Planetree, has created systematized programs and services that we share as best practices. Use tested tools and strategies to self-reflect and identify preferences that matter most, helping you to implement programs and integrative wellness strategies.

You’ll be able to:

  • Identify and acquire personal preferences and values of persons served.
  • Use personal preferences and integrative wellness strategies to improve quality indicators.
  • Operationalize personal preferences into goals for persons served.

Faculty: Jana Decker, BA, Director of Wellness, Asbury Inverness Village; and Jim Kinsey, CG, CACPF, Director of Member Experience, Planetree.
TI | CEUs

The future’s so bright: The intersection of technology and agingJack York & Davis Park

Older adults in senior living, particularly those living with dementia, are left out of the technology revolution. With real-world examples of multimedia technologies delivered through adaptive computer systems, this presentation looks at how to change that reality. Learn best practices to implement person-based technology. Front Porch will give examples of innovations that transform the resident experience.

You’ll be able to:

  • Discuss the relevance of multiple technologies that are available (and upcoming), as well as how they will change the paradigm of the resident experience in senior living communities.
  • Acquire practical strategies for setting up person-based technology programs in your community.
  • Learn how the latest research quantifies the benefits of technology-based programs in senior living communities with a focus on programs for people living with dementia.

Faculty: Jack York, BS, President and Cofounder, It’s Never 2 Late (iN2L); and Davis Park, BA, MURP, Executive Director–Center for Wellness, Front Porch.
TI | CEUs

Exercise: Newest medication for Parkinson’s disease?Jackie Russell & David Zid

Learn how exercise can empower the population with Parkinson’s disease (PD) by improving functional mobility and quality of life. Learn about neuroplasticity—the brain’s ability to reorganize, rewire and relearn by forming new nerve connections. Discuss how aerobic exercise enhances the neuroplastic process as it positively impacts the progression of PD symptoms.

You’ll be able to:

  • Describe how exercise may enhance the process of neuroplasticity and its importance in retraining, rewiring the brain.
  • Identify key components of a successful recipe for a group exercise program for people with Parkinson’s disease.
  • Use evidence-based concepts to create fitness recommendations for people with Parkinson’s disease.

Faculty: Jackie Russell, RN, BSN, CNOR, Cofounder and Program Development Coordinator, and David Zid, BA, ACE, APG, Cofounder and Director of Movement Disorder/Musculoskeletal Wellness, OhioHealth Delay the Disease.
WFH | CEUs

Physical re-education: The mission is possible!Patricia VanGalen

Are we training natural movement out of programming? How do we take stock of an aging body, then train to survive, revive and thrive? And look forward to stimulating and engaging adventures “outside” of routines and patterns? Challenge yourself in this series of movements, skills, abilities and tasks. Rethink the life span of movement, and your perceptions, goals, needs and dreams.

You’ll be able to:

  • Comprehend the “movement is life” lifestyle, beyond that of formal exercise; evaluate your personal movement sphere, competencies and capacities.
  • Expand your repertoire for programming, facility design and overall vision for active aging.
  • Educate and inspire your clients/patients/residents to expand and engage multiple movement environments, and to push outside their comfort zone.

Faculty: Patricia VanGalen, MS, Active & Agile…Maximizing Mobility Through The Ages™.
PA | CEUs

Walking meditationShirley Archer

(Note: This session meets at the Beacon Rotunda.)

Create moving meditation experiences. Transform walking into an integrative mind-body-spirit practice for peace. Walking, combined with mindful meditation, is a “green exercise,” powerful health booster and stress-management tool. “Forest bathing” is a popular, growing practice. Learn the benefits of and techniques for building a connection with nature. Bring walking shoes.

You’ll be able to:

  • Define walking meditation, and discuss the mind-body connection, stress and well-being.
  • Describe the benefits of “green exercise” and how walking can be a tool to learn mindfulness meditation.
  • Adopt mindfulness and walking meditation. Learn how to lead walking meditation with a sample class plan.

Faculty: Shirley Archer, JD, MA, Shirley S. Archer Associates, LLC.
W | CEUs

9:45 a.m.–10:45 a.m.

ICAA GENERAL SESSION

PANEL Women leaders igniting healthy agingRichard Carmona, Susan Docherty, Gloria Caulfield & Susie Ellis

Be inspired by this panel featuring three leading women in health, wellness and aging. Hear how women leaders are shaping healthy aging today. Discover steps to enhance and preserve cognitive ability as we advance in age. Plus find out how to create your own “Blue Zone,” a concept drawing on what we know about healthy habits in long-lived regions of the world.

You’ll be able to:

  • Discuss how women leaders are shaping healthy aging.
  • Describe the steps to enhancing and preserving cognitive ability as we age.
  • Explain how to create your own “Blue Zone.”

Faculty: Richard Carmona, MD, MPH, FACS, 17th Surgeon General of the United States; Chief of Health Innovations, Canyon Ranch; and Distinguished Professor, Zuckerman College of Public Health, University of Arizona (moderator); Susan Docherty, MS, CEO, Canyon Ranch; Susie Ellis, MBA, Chairman and CEO, Global Wellness Institute, and Cofounder, Chairman and CEO, Global Wellness Summit; and Gloria Caulfield, BBA, Vice President of Strategic Alliances, Tavistock Development Company, and Executive Director for Health and Wellness Strategy and Planning, Lake Nona Institute.
CEUs

11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

We have to age, but we don’t have to get old: The science of living longer and younger—A conversation with a Surgeon General

Science continues to shape our understanding of the potential to enjoy longer and healthier lives as we age. In this session, you’ll learn about biomarkers—indicators of biological states—for aging, and delve into the science of social connectedness. Also, gain information about options available today for aging well.

You’ll be able to:

  • Explore biomarkers for aging.
  • Discuss the science of social connectedness.
  • Describe options for aging well.

Faculty: Richard Carmona, MD, MPH, FACS, 17th Surgeon General of the United States; Chief of Health Innovations, Canyon Ranch; and Distinguished Professor, Zuckerman College of Public Health, University of Arizona.
R | CEUs

Lagniappe–Building a hospitality culture through surprise and delight RonnDa Peters

Delve into how to build a hospitality culture by using the Lagniappe philosophy of offering a “little something extra” to surprise and delight residents. Discussion and breakout groups will explore how departments can engage using Lagniappe. Leave with basics of how to begin the program plus group-discussed examples. You’ll be able to communicate benefits to community leaders.

You’ll be able to:

  • Facilitate the guidelines for developing a Lagniappe program at the community level.
  • Describe and measure the benefits of a successful Lagniappe program.
  • Provide examples for all departments to get started with the Lagniappe program.

Faculty: RonnDa Peters, BS, Vice President Marketing & Sales, Strategic Dining Services.
TI | CEUs

Ignite your leadership sparkMaureen Hagan

Leaders are expected to be much more than a manager of duties and deadlines. Human beings are at the center of every workplace, and without understanding human behavior and insight into leadership success principles, you cannot move beyond management. Discover principles and success practices that govern successful leaders plus a leadership mindfulness practice.

You’ll be able to:

  • Engage in interactive discussion around 21st-century leadership vision and principles.
  • Discover what drives your leadership performance by evaluating your social motives.
  • Receive 15 top leadership success strategies and practices based on Mo Hagan’s newest bestselling book, Think YOURSELF Successful.

Faculty: Maureen Hagan, PT, Vice President of Program Innovation, GoodLife Fitness and canfitpro.
LM | CEUs

How music and technology are elevating cognitive careAndrew Tubman

Music is a powerful therapeutic tool as we age. As providers of care and wellness for people 65+, how do you effectively harness music’s power to bring about transformative improvements in the quality and benefits of your services? Go on an interactive journey through the science, theory, protocols and hands-on tools that are turning music into scalable medicine.

You’ll be able to:

  • Comprehend the science behind how music impacts our neurological, physical and emotional health.
  • Articulate at least three best practices when implementing top-tier musical care to colleagues.
  • Outline the options available in senior care for implementing and scaling musical care.

Faculty: Andrew Tubman, MT-BC, Cofounder and Chief Clinical Officer, Musical Health Technologies/SingFit.
CE | CEUs

Making the most of exterior spaces by bringing the fun outdoorsBryan Warne

Delve into the role that exterior spaces have on mood and various dimensions of wellness for residents and staff. In this session, you’ll review planning phases of a project, how to build in flexible programming, and what makes a space usable and attractive.

You’ll be able to:

  • Engage confidently with exterior space design/ programming.
  • Discuss the importance environment has on your well-being.
  • Evaluate ways to improve existing spaces to support wellness programming.

Faculty: Bryan Warne, PLA, Director of Landscape Architecture and Planning, Pi Architects.
P | CEUs

Movement progressions and options for the older adult–In actionLibby Norris & Ruth Parliament

Review foundations of this program that accommodates a full continuum of fitness and movement abilities. This session addresses program planning, logistics and promotion, along with managing for varied and limited equipment. Move into action through a full-body workout, starting with basic exercises and going through regressions options/modifications. Take alone or with foundation session.

You’ll be able to:

  • Review and apply the principles of progressions/regressions for multilevel exercise and classes.
  • Integrate programming and logistics resources and tools for multilevel fitness programming.
  • Use the foundation functional workout and experience a full-class format with progressions/regressions. Demonstrate options and variations derived from foundation functional exercise format.

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

Team training fundamentals for active older adults and employee wellnessSarah Robertson

Empower your ability to deliver engaging small-group training sessions for older adults; and to adapt team training sessions that are appropriate for employee wellness programs. Explore areas that impact the success of small-group training programs, such as establishing a vision. Work through steps of the planning process in teams and participate in a small-group training experience.

You’ll be able to:

  • Identify the benefits of small-group training for active older adults and employee wellness programs.
  • Develop small-group training programs by identifying a vision, implementing marketing strategies and enrolling appropriate staffing.
  • Coach team-training programs that promote camaraderie and empowerment among participants.

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

STOTT PILATES® Flexion-Free WorkshopLaureen Dubeau

Fitness and pilates instructors meet a variety of clients who are restricted in their movements. Often, spinal flexion is contraindicated. Learn how to modify pilates exercises in a range of intensity levels to create workouts that achieve the primary goal of limiting spinal flexion while providing a full-body workout. Small hand weights and the Flex-Band® exerciser are used.

You’ll be able to:

  • Discover how to create a challenging workout without altering spinal alignment.
  • Incorporate small hand weights and a resistance band in a full-body flexion-free workout.
  • Explore exercise modifications in order to keep the workout safe for those who cannot perform spinal flexion.

Faculty: Laureen Dubeau, BFA, Master Instructor Trainer, Merrithew.
PA | CEUs

Walk & roll (aka dance walk)Peggy Buchanan, David Dworkin, Terry Eckmann & Patricia VanGalen

(Note: This session meets in the Beacon Rotunda.)

Join four veteran presenters as they rotate leadership to share their personality, style and expertise to take walking down a new path. Your Pied Pipers will show you how to incorporate mind, body and spirit while walking your way to wellness. Boost your brain experience, add FUN to FUNctional movement, and elevate your mood while the music moves you. Add some pizzazz to your walking regimen!

You’ll be able to:

  • Perform simple dance steps while walking to enhance interest in coordination to basic walking programs.
  • Integrate FUNction and cognitive stimulation into your walking programs.
  • Use free basic balance techniques to decrease fall risk and polish activities of daily living.

Faculty: Peggy Buchanan, MA, Wellness Program Innovator and Director, Pro Active International; David Dworkin, MA, MEd, President and Creator, Conductorcise, LLC; Terry Eckmann, PhD, Professor, Minot State University; and Patricia VanGalen, MS, Owner, Active & Agile…Maximizing Mobility Through the Ages™.
W | CEUs

12:35 p.m.–3:00 p.m.

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.

3:15 p.m.–4:15 p.m.

ICAA GENERAL SESSION

The future of living in the “Longevity Economy”Joseph F. Coughlin

Dr. Joseph Coughlin is founder and director of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s AgeLab, and author of the recently released book The Longevity Economy, in which he sees longevity as a call to innovate and invent the future of living. The Wall Street Journal named Coughlin one of “12 Pioneers Inventing the Future of Retirement.” Fast Company Magazine listed the visionary researcher and professor among its “100 Most Creative People In Business.” In his research, he focuses on how demographic change, technology, consumer behavior and trends drive innovations in business and in government.

Faculty: Joseph F. Coughlin, PhD, founder and director, Massachusetts Institute of Technology AgeLab; and author, The Longevity Economy.
CEUs

4:30 p.m.–6:00 p.m.

Change “retirement living” into “inspirement giving” by adding innovative program features Peggy Buchanan

This active presentation will enlighten, engage and entertain those seeking new program ideas. “Ignite” life enrichment programming for older adults while experiencing ways to enhance activities so they remain popular, playful and progressive. Explore new ways to spark resident-driven activities and events. Inspire your desire to add more variety, interest and relevance to activities.

You’ll be able to:

  • Turn a TED Talk into a wellness experience.
  • Craft several creative wellness projects.
  • Create an atmosphere of what the Danish call “Hygge.”

Faculty: Peggy Buchanan, MA, Wellness Program Innovator and Director, Pro Active International.
P | CEUs

Research partnerships in senior living: The AGRI Brain Health Study Cynthia Green & Theresa Perry

While senior living serves a critical role in furthering aging research, initiating research programs can be daunting. Partnerships offer a successful model. The AGRI Brain Health Study is a collaborative effort between senior living, academic and brain wellness partners. Learn about the initiative, study implementation, outcomes and lessons learned, plus how to build research partnerships.

You’ll be able to:

  • Discuss issues around research programs from a senior living perspective, including the need for research, the challenges of independent research, and the value of collaborative research partnerships.
  • Summarize considerations regarding study design and implementation, integration of staff to the research process, community recruitment, and impact on the communities and company overall.
  • Outline how to form a collaborative research partnership with outside organizations, including the benefits of such partnerships for senior living communities.

Faculty: Cynthia Green, PhD, President, Total Brain Health; and Theresa Perry, BS, MBA, RD, Corporate Director of Wellness Services, Acts Retirement-Life Communities.
R | CEUs

How to help your clinical staff embrace wellness for improved clinical outcomesCarol Cummings

Explore wellness and its potential to impact the clinical outcomes for older- adult residents and clients in your set- ting. In this session, you’ll discover techniques to help your clinical staff approach daily interactions with residents/ clients with a wellness mindset. You’ll also delve into the pursuit of wellness and how it differs from treating disease, plus look at what research shows about how the dimensions may impact clinical outcomes.

You’ll be able to:

  • Discuss the difference between treatment of disease and pursuit of wellness.
  • Review research in the dimensions to learn how clinicians can impact clinical outcomes through a wellness approach.
  • Learn four techniques for helping clinical staff use a wellness approach in their daily interactions with residents.

Faculty: Carol Cummings, BSN, RN, Senior Director of Optimum Life, Brook- dale Senior Living.
WFH | CEUs

Learn to document “Lives Well Lived” through filmSky Bergman

Lives Well Lived is an award-winning documentary film by Sky Bergman that celebrates the wit and wisdom of adults ages 75–100 years old who are living their lives to the fullest. Encompassing over 3,000 years of experience, 40 people share their secrets and insights to living a meaningful life.

You’ll be able to:

  • Develop an awareness for the importance of storytelling in the lives of older adults through the lessons of resilience and inspirational stories featured in the documentary film, Lives Well Lived.
  • Recall simple tips for collecting the stories of older adults, and the power of video over still photography.
  • Develop the possibilities to encourage intergenerational conversations and how best to share these stories on social media and develop a social media strategy.

Faculty: Sky Bergman, AA, BS, MFA, Professor of Photography and Video, California Polytechnic State University.
P | CEUs

Joyful movement in community-based fall prevention–A how-toCeleste Carlucci & Julie Kardachi

Fall Stop…MOVE STRONG™ is an evidence-based, doctor-recommended fitness and education program. Explore fall-risk factors and how they can be minimized by exercise or other strategies. Learn how to implement joyful fall-prevention strategies into 60+ adult programming, and practice targeted exercises to increase strength and balance, improve flexibility and reflexes, and prevent falls. Wear comfortable clothing.

You’ll be able to:

  • Describe fall-risk factors and how they can be minimized via exercise or other strategies.
  • Identify exercises effective in preventing falls.
  • Implement exercises and strategies into your 60+ programming.

Faculty: Celeste Carlucci, President and Founder, Fall Stop…MOVE STRONG, and former professional dancer; and Julie Kardachi, MA, OTD, OTR/L, Associate Professor, Occupational Therapy Program, Touro College.
PA | CEUs

Neuroplasticity 102: Getting practicalLawrence Biscontini & Bernadette O’Brien

Taking off where Neuroplasticity 101 ended: Everyone's concerned with brain health these days, and many articles discuss theoretical approaches. However, little exists for practical approaches. Drawing on cutting-edge research, this session explores practical skills for physical therapists and group exercise leaders to incorporate brain-boosting training with cardiovascular, strength and flexibility training.

You’ll be able to:

  • Review neuroplasticity and neurogenesis guidelines for group fitness for active aging.
  • Incorporate verbal tasks and mental functions with common fitness moves like squats, lunges and seated chair marching.
  • Outline sample options for integrating brain spheres including problem-solving and incorporating military time into activities of daily life.

Faculty: Lawrence Biscontini, MA, Mindful Movement Specialist, and Bernadette O’Brien, MA, Mindful Movement Motivator, FG 2000.
CE | CEUs

Be functionally fit for lifeLaura Warf

Assist members/clients to work out smarter, not harder. Explore slower functional movement patterns that you can duplicate in private training or group exercise using minimal equipment. Functional fitness exercises stimulate the body and develop fluid myofascial movement patterns. Discover multileveled integrated movements to improve performance of day-to-day activities.

You’ll be able to:

  • Compose dynamic warm-ups to improve mobility of shoulders, spine and hips.
  • Execute a variety of progressive multileveled movement patterns designed for postural improvement.
  • Develop vocabulary to teach exercises with a mindful approach for injury prevention and energy enhancement.

Faculty: Laura Warf, BEd, CA-RYT-500, Founder and President, Laura Warf School of Happiness.
PA | CEUs

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