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


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

Sessions: Saturday, October 20, 2018


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

7:00 a.m.–8:15 a.m.

Wellness works! Leverage wellness programming and fortify cross-functional partnershipsChristy Davis

Research demonstrates that whole-person wellness is key to quality of life and successful aging. Robust wellness programs must include health literacy education and comprehensive training for residents/caregivers that align with services rendered at multiple levels of the care continuum. Clinical metrics are tracked/measured and become powerful tools to support cross-functional partnerships.

You’ll be able to:

  • Recognize the depth and breadth of a sophisticated cross-functional wellness program that aligns with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ Triple Aim framework, and aligns with services at other levels of the care continuum (including home health, outpatient and skilled nursing). Examples will be provided.
  • Describe which wellness outcome measures are important and how to track and manage them.
  • Recognize strategic opportunities to leverage success via marketing initiatives to increase referrals, encourage resident keepage, build “Preferred Partner” networks, etc.

Faculty: Christy Davis, OT, RAC-CT, Vice President of Clinical Strategies, and Kristy Yoskey, MOT, OTR/L, RAC-CT, Senior Vice President of Clinical Strategies, HealthPRO Heritage.
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Building community inside out and outside inLisa Kiely

Through a case study, learn how to program including multiple disciplines across all ability levels. Understand the importance of “partner” champions and the need to program for the “journey” as opposed to (a focus on) the destination. Discuss and overcome participation obstacles. These philosophies illustrate how to create a campuswide “conversation” that carries into the greater community.

You’ll be able to:

  • Identify and articulate opportunities for partnerships with numerous organizations inside and outside your community.
  • Discuss critical, innovative elements to create and expand upon partnerships through your existing teams as well as numerous expected and unexpected outside stakeholders. Identify future learning and performance opportunities.
  • Recall the “pARTicipate in the ART of Life” philosophy and, through the use of a template, create something similar in your community in time to align with the spirit of Active Aging Week 2019.

Faculty: Lisa Kiely, BFA, Owner, Lisa Kiely Consulting.
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The movement professional: Permeating all slices of the wellness piePatricia VanGalen

As movement professionals, we have served as catalysts in raising the bar of expectations for the aging adult. On the “front lines” of behavior change, we are the pattern-keepers. Gain tips, tools and recommendations on how to “stay on the cutting-edge of the physical,” but expand your influence into all the dimensions of wellness, further bending the aging curve.

You’ll be able to:

  • Expand your view of a multitude of movement disciplines, and better understand their carryover value to other dimensions of wellness.
  • Expand your services, and network with other allied health and aging professionals towards enhancing the overall wellness of the aging adult.
  • Recognize how people tick, and how to match them with various activity options that transfer to gains in multiple aspects of total wellness.

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

Mind-body-spirit fusionStacey Judge

Explore development of a multidimensional fitness class. Learn how to bring elements of all seven dimensions of life into a one-hour class format to create an experience for residents beyond their expectations. Understand elements that will provide high-quality programming that helps them reach their goals across several dimensions of life and engage them in the process.

You’ll be able to:

  • Incorporate elements of other dimensions into fitness programming.
  • Identify resident or staff champions to lead programming across the continuum of care.
  • Develop classes that will be appropriate for multilevels of ability.

Faculty: Stacey Judge, BS, CG, Wellness Program Director, Springpoint Senior Living.

Train the BrainCammy Dennis & Jessica Pinkowski

Discover information and activities to support brain health. Find out what you can do to preserve cognitive function and lifelong engagement. Train the brain by learning how to “wire” and “fire” neurons, then give brain cells a workout with interactive brain activities. Learn basic neuroscience along with brainteasers. Brain training challenges include problem-solving, reasoning skills, and more.

You’ll be able to:

  • Create and lead a “Train the Brain” class.
  • Summarize neuroscience and what it takes to keep the brain healthy.
  • Implement a variety of “brain training exercises” and come away with resources to find new ones.

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

8:30 a.m.–9:45 a.m.

Interns and externs: How to use college students in senior livingMaranda Trahan & Julie Davila

At The Fountains of Melbourne, college students are recruited, trained and utilized in various ways. Students complete internships, where they work or volunteer 50–150 hours/semester and live off campus. Or they complete externships, where they work 35–40 hours per week in exchange for room and board. The most exciting part is projects completed and resident issues solved during their stay. You’ll be able to:

You’ll be able to:

  • Create a road map on how to recruit students from different colleges and universities.
  • Train students on standards of older adults.
  • Recount various student projects completed throughout the years.

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

What’s EQ? Improving your workplace through emotional intelligenceLinda Sasser

Emotions influence the way we act/react, and emotional intelligence (EQ) skills are needed to build sustainable relationships, express compassion, and maintain harmony in the workplace. Understand how the brain processes emotions and learn skills for increasing EQ to help you communicate more effectively, better lead teams, and improve social interactions with peers and clients.

You’ll be able to:

  • Define emotional intelligence and explain its components.
  • Apply strategies for recognizing and managing emotions, reading facial expressions, and identifying your triggers.
  • Employ empathy and nonverbal communication, and use reframing to better handle challenging situations.

Faculty: Linda Sasser, PhD, Owner, Brain and Memory Health.

Laugh your way to better health: Live happily ever laughterRoxy Kline

Some say that laughter is the best medicine. At the least, it is good medicine and it is free! Discover and understand the physical and holistic benefits of laughter. Connect with other attendees as you participate in a group laughter experience with elements from Laughter Yoga. Leave with the tools you need to develop and structure your own laughter session or workshop.

You’ll be able to:

  • Name basic concepts of laughter yoga.
  • Articulate the physical and holistic benefits of laughter.
  • Develop and implement a continuous laughter workshop.

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

Get great gait for your clients: Assess, don't guessKymberly Williams-Evans

Do clients/residents walk in ways that age or support them? Learn to look, listen and assess gait with new eyes that reveal hidden habits. Implement specific, informative and practical gait analysis with your older adults. Get exact cues, tips and teaching “vignettes” to use to improve your clients’ stride. This session combines instruction with practical application and discovery.

You’ll be able to:

  • Identify movement patterns and walking habits that affect longevity and the ability to move comfortably—yours and your clients’.
  • Describe and address at least five factors about walking you’ve probably never thought about, but that affect every step older adults take.
  • Reduce injury and improve your clients’ mood, energy and overall fitness via better posture and stride.

Faculty: Kymberly Williams-Evans, MA, fitness professional, writer and presenter, Boom Chicka Boomers.

The power of partner training in classes and personal trainingAllissa Raway & Julie Schuster

Social connection is a predictor of happiness and longevity as well as an important aspect of brain health. Capitalize on the latest research by providing more opportunities for interaction in classes and 1:1 sessions. Learn the benefits of partner training, safety considerations, and new exercises to incorporate into routines. Standing and seated routines will be explored.

You’ll be able to:

  • Identify the benefits of partner training in order to enhance your class and 1:1 repertoires.
  • Adopt safety guidelines and best cueing for the most effective outcomes.
  • Incorporate several exercises (seated and standing) into your routines.

Faculty: Allissa Raway, BS, Fitness Manager, and Julie Schuster, BS, Fitness Instructor, Friendship Village of Bloomington.

Dance like nobody is watchingTerry Eckmann

Dance in your seat and on your feet to top hits that will bring energy and joy to your clients’ day. You will take home six dances you can do in your seat and on your feet and several circle dances that are sure to encourage movement and social interaction. Explore how you can change tempo and movement to make these dances work for everyBODY.

You’ll be able to:

  • Teach six dances clients can perform in their seat or on their feet.
  • Incorporate circle dances that will inspire movement and socialization.
  • Change tempo and movement for a variety of populations.

Faculty: Terry Eckmann, PhD, Professor, Minot State University.

10:00 a.m.–11:15 a.m.

Spotlight on active aging: Living well and aging wellScott Kaiser

Learn how to leverage health promotion experience, the ability to engage older adults and caregivers, along with fitness and wellness expertise to achieve greater impact. Discover engagement strategies, efforts to address “whole person” health, perspectives on community health, the value of partnership across industries, and the power of stories in advancing change.

You’ll be able to:

  • Refine efforts to promote active aging and deploy population health strategies.
  • Access and implement tools to enhance engagement.
  • Leverage new insights into healthy aging and cognitive health to refine senior health, wellness and fitness programs.

Faculty: Scott Kaiser, MD, Chief Innovation Officer, MPTF (Motion Picture & Television Fund).

Books for the Bookends: Extending reading by repurposing booksJenny Barlow

What books bring you joy when you remember the story? Besides large print in novels, what tricks/interventions do we use to keep older adults reading? What role does “story” play in healing and comfort at different ages? A thesis for a graduate degree, Books for the Bookends connects the physical and emotional aspects of picture books with older adults’ specific reading needs.

You’ll be able to:

  • Explain the physical aspects of picture books and why they support senior reading.
  • Discuss which books might work better than others in different levels of living.
  • Rally for the importance of good stories in your community.

Faculty: Jenny Barlow, BA, MFA, MA, Program Lead, Friendship Village of Bloomington.
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Developing dynamic teams with intention, purpose, mission and spiritRita Lopienski

How does one motivate staff to desire to create and lead amazing programs, and to motivate older adults to join them and become actively engaged? Examine a case study of a highly effective, dynamic team that evolves through intentional hiring, brainstorming, training, vision and mission-focus. Learn tools to build this type of team, and how to work with “difficult” individuals.

You’ll be able to:

  • Examine a model of a creative team that is highly motivated, crosses over to different levels of care, and allows room for advancement and growth.
  • Describe the basic concepts of motivation and identify strategies to increase participation for both residents and employees.
  • Use unique engagement techniques with residents and staff who can be challenging.

Faculty: Rita Lopienski, RMT, MA, CAC, AC-BC, Life Enrichment Director, Plymouth Place Senior Living.

Rhythmic play for memory and mobility: Enhancing quality of lifeMarilyn McLaughlin & Mary Knysh

This experiential training workshop offers a sampling of drumming and music-driven movement activities from UCLArts & Healing’s program for older adults that addresses needs for self-expression, mood elevation, mobility, memory enhancement, stress reduction, engagement, social connection, and fall-risk reduction. This program accommodates those with all forms of disability.

You’ll be able to:

  • Demonstrate an activity that simultaneously increases mobility, provides a cognitive challenge, and encourages social engagement, and explain how it accomplishes these three things.
  • Demonstrate an activity that simultaneously coordinates gait balance, provides a cognitive challenge, and encourages social engagement, and explain how it accomplishes these three things.
  • Explain how to decrease and increase the challenge of both of the previously described activities.

Faculty: Marilyn McLaughlin, MFA, Adjunct Professor, Loyola Marymount University, and Founder, All Bodies Move!; and Mary Knysh, Founder, Rhythmic Connections, and professional musician and trainer for Music for People Organization.

Adapting your yoga practice from the mat to the chairSharlyn Green

Bring the benefits of a yoga practice to individuals of every skill/fitness level. Explore how to adapt traditional yoga poses/sequences for those with chronic conditions, learning to create flowing movement through use of smooth transitions and purposeful movement. Discuss how to avoid injury and honor the body’s limitations. Experience the strength and balance that yoga can bring.

You’ll be able to:

  • Recognize how chronic conditions and injuries can affect movement and yoga practice.
  • Develop strategies for adapting yoga poses for people with physical and cognitive limitations.
  • Create sequences of yoga poses that can be practiced safely and effectively for the older-adult population.

Faculty: Sharlyn Green, MBA, Campus Resident Programs Director, Freedom Plaza Peoria.

Pathway to happinessLaura Warf

People from all walks of life share an innate drive for meaning, direction and purpose. Explore the Law of Dharma, positive psychology, wellness wisdom and how to commit to living an authentic meaningful life. Leave with practical tips on how to rewire your brain for happiness, plus hints to create a happiness culture with your clients, in your classes and in wellness programs.

You’ll be able to:

  • Discover daily happiness habits to create a more uplifting outlook on life.
  • Define how to create a happiness culture in your work and/or home environment.
  • Create greater alignment with personal purpose and inspire others do the same.

Faculty: Laura Warf, BEd, Founder and President, Laura Warf School of Happiness.

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