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Sit back in the comfort of your office and enjoy ICAA educational programs delivered to you via webinar. These broadcasts are specifically created for active-aging professionals – business owners, managers, suppliers, wellness and activities personnel. Through interviews or individual-speaker sessions, you will be exposed to the opinions of top experts from a variety of subject areas designed to help you and your staff stay on top of trends, meet new challenges and serve your customers better.

Yoga for all levels and abilities

Presenters: Allissa Raway and Laura Warf

Date: Wednesday, April 17

Time: 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. EST

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Traditional hatha yoga focuses on three elements: asana (postures), pranayama (breathing) and meditation. There are many ways to create a beneficial and user-friendly class that honors the needs of all participants while staying true to the traditions of yoga. Regardless of the goal for the class, mindfulness techniques can be weaved through all segments of the practice.

In this webinar, you will

  • Define mindfulness, explain why it is beneficial for the older adult and describe how the practice of mindfulness on the mat can enhance life outside the studio.
  • Explore the power of the breath, which is the foundation of all yoga practice.
  • Explain how to introduce and integrate various types of breathwork throughout the practice and discuss how to make breathing exercises more accessible for anyone with respiratory challenges.
  • Describe how customized practices can make yoga accessible and enjoyable for everyone in your group.
  • Discuss the “why” behind yoga class design and how cuing can be a crucial part of a successful class.
  • Talk about basic human movement, the needs of older adults as they age and how to intelligently incorporate those elements into classes.
  • Discuss safety, contraindications and simple ways we can progress or regress postures so all participants feel successful and safe

About the presenter(s):
Allissa Raway From an early age, Allissa felt drawn to serve the older adult community, and she feels fortunate to teach a variety of classes and lead the fitness programming at Friendship Village of Bloomington, Minnesota. Alissa hold a degree in kinesiology and is a certified ACE medical exercise specialist and senior fitness specialist. A 500-hour certified yoga instructor, she has been practicing yoga for more than 15 years. Because Allissa has experienced the healing effects of yoga for her mind, body and spirit, she wishes to share that magic with everyone around her.

Laura Warf is the founder of the School of Happiness, which crafts methods integrating tools from ancient teachings to today’s cutting-edge research. The mission of the School of Happiness is to guide and inspire individuals to become conscious creators of their well-being in mind, body and spirit, following their eight essential elements to health and happiness. Laura is a healthy living advocate, passionate wellness educator and mind-body specialist offering retreats and services in corporate wellness, yoga, meditation, energetic balancing and fitness conditioning. www.LauraWarf.com and www.SchoolofHappiness.ca.


Preventing and caring for wounds associated with aging

Presenters: Virginia Capasso and Dr. Mary Litchford

Date: Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Time: 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. EST

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Older adults are at an increased risk for developing chronic wounds, which can impact multiple dimensions of wellness, including emotional, physical, and social. Chronic wounds can cause significant pain, reduce mobility, deepen isolation, and ultimately limit healthy aging. A recent study estimated that chronic wounds impact 15% of Medicare beneficiaries and cost $28 billion to $32 billion annually.

This webinar reviews chronic wounds and their risk factors, examines interventions for effective rehabilitation, and discusses the role of activity and nutrition in preventing and treating chronic wounds.


  • Review common types of chronic wounds in older adults, identify risk factors for wound development and inadequate healing, and describe the role of effective rehabilitation in wound care.
  • Explore the relationship between nutrition and wound healing.
  • Identify the impact of chronic wounds on active aging and explore how active aging can play a role in wound prevention.

About the presenter(s):
Mary Litchford
Dr. Mary Litchford, PhD, RDN, LDN, is an internationally recognized speaker, author, and consultant to healthcare providers. She received her PhD in human nutrition from the University of North Carolina-Greensboro, and her professional career has included clinical practice, university teaching, and business consulting. She is president of CASE Software & Books, a professional and educational resource company, and a member of the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics, where she has served on the Evidence Analysis Work Groups on wound care and hydration. In 2018 she received the Academy’s Excellence in Practice Award for Consultation and Business Practice. Dr. Litchford is the immediate past president of the National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel and serves as a representative on the International Clinical Practice Guidelines Governance Group.

Virginia Capasso
Dr. Virginia Capasso, PhD, ANP-BC, ACNS-BC, CWS, FACCWS, is a certified adult nurse practitioner, adult clinical nurse specialist (CNS), certified wound specialist, and a fellow of the American College of Certified Wound Specialists. She earned her PhD in Nursing from Boston College, Chestnut Hill, and has practiced at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston for more than 30 years. She was the cofounder and codirector of the MGH Wound Care Center for 15 years and is currently the CNS for wound healing in MGH’s Patient Care Services’ Institute for Patient Care and a nurse scientist in the Munn Center for Nursing Research. She holds several faculty positions at Harvard Medical School, the MGH Institute of Health Professions, and the Connell School of Nursing at Boston College. Dr. Capasso is a member of the Support Surfaces Standard Initiative and the board of directors of the National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel.

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Innovative technologies that promote growth & well-being for older adults

Presenter: Scott Collins

Date: Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Time: 12:00—1:00 p.m. EST

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Learn about the latest technology innovations being created for older adults. The presentation will highlight trends driving the explosive growth in technology investment and innovation. The technology innovations will be examined from a variety of perspectives, taking into account older adults, family caregivers, and senior living providers.

Learning Objectives

  • Gain a deeper understanding of the trends driving technology development.
  • Develop actionable insights that can be implemented and used today.
  • Learn what elements providers must consider when developing a strategy for incorporating technology solutions.

About the presenter(s):
Scott Collins is the President and CEO of Link-age Solutions providing group purchasing solutions to more than 825 senior living locations throughout the US; Link-age Ventures offering private equity investment in early-stage companies with products, services, and technology for older adults; and Link-age Connect providing market research services to companies wanting to understand the aging consumer better. Before joining Link-age, Collins was a Vice President with GE Capital Commercial Asset Funding and held senior management positions in the commercial real estate and textile industries. He is a founding member of the Family Caregiver Council, where leaders of national family caregiver organizations, innovative companies in active aging, and aging experts joined together to form a trusted resource for the family caregiver. Collins has extensive experience in executive management, leadership development and contract negotiation.


ICAA Virtual Summit 2019: Workforce management solutions

June 11, 2019 8:00am-10:00am PST; 11:00am-1:00pm EST
June 12, 2019 8:00am-10:30am PST; 11:00am-1:30pm EST

For years, managers and executives in the senior living industry have been discussing a looming critical staff shortage. Currently, this shortage is predicted to be at an epidemic, crisis level by the year 2025 unless the current trajectory is improved. Other areas of the aging industry are expected to experience a shortage also. Along with insufficient numbers, employee quality, engagement, loyalty, and work quality are also important considerations for an organization to achieve success. ICAA’s 2019 Virtual Summit addresses contemporary staffing issues and identifies solutions to enhance employee engagement, develop employee talents, and increase ways to strengthen your organization through high quality, motivated and loyal employees.

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