October 27-28 and
November 5-6, 2020


This year’s schedule gives you flexibility in how and when you attend. Programming will be live online on four shorter days over two weeks, with all sessions available later on-demand for your convenience.

To customize your attendance to fit with your work or personal commitments review the sessions offered below.


7:00 a.m.–7:30 a.m.

Wake up with Wellness

7:45 a.m.–8:45 a.m.

Laughter matters: A comedian’s tools for creating connection through shared laughter Dani Klein Modisett

Use proven tools to create connection with people in all stages of cognitive decline and with their families. People engaging with older adults with various cognition levels can use an eight-step acronym to learn practical actions to cultivate relationship, trust and a spirit of levity. Utilize these tools to help you find laughter and relief where you least expect it. Share challenging moments and learn how to handle them in this new approach.

You’ll be able to:

  • Use specific, proven tools for creating shared laughter with people in all stages of dementia.
  • Determine when humor is appropriate and recognize the significant difference between laughing at people and laughing with them.
  • Share specific tips on how to use “comedy care” to overcome the unique isolation and fear that are pervasive in both experiencing and managing dementia.

Dani Klein Modisett, Founder/CEO, Laughter On Call.

PANEL The next frontier: Harnessing data through PropTech, InnovAging technology and DigiHealthRichard Winkler, Nick van Terheyden & Gracyn Robinson (moderator)

As living models shift and the need for connectivity rises, how can the application and collection of data and the new Prop-Tech (building systems technology) models help to usher in a new era of living for the aging population? How can they intuitively assist individuals, care systems and community living by driving the shift from sick care to well care? Explore how a data model based on five core critical components—data, real estate, engineering, artificial intelligence and medical—blended with sustainability, is the next frontier in health and wellness and optimized living.

You’ll be able to:

  • Describe the blended, specific technologies in InnovAging (digital technology) and Prop-Tech that enhance health, safety and welfare.
  • Recall isolated, target-specific companies and their specific technology offerings, as well as how they are used both externally and internally, with respect to Climate/Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).
  • Discuss which companies are more fluid integrated-technology drivers throughout a building (power, facade, elevators, etc.), and which are site-specific (dining, bedroom, roof deck), enhancing wellness, safety and engagement.

Faculty: Richard Winkler, Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel, Nick van Terheyden, MD, Chief Medical Officer, and Gracyn Robinson (moderator), BA, EDAC Affiliate, Director of Strategic Alliances and Market Intelligence, Dream-Co Technology.

Reaching the masses: Developing wellness programming across multiple service lines Stacey Judge & Cynthia Green

Discover how to develop programming that can be used in a community setting, home care, “CCRC [continuing care retirement community] without Walls,” affordable housing, rehabilitation centers and more. From physical activity to brain health programs, you’ll learn how to develop content that is flexible and appropriate for multiple uses and a wide range of abilities. Discover ways to introduce wellness programming in settings traditionally underserved by such initiatives. Also, explore the science behind developing and implementing programs to engage participants and promote better wellness in these settings.

You’ll be able to:

  • Identify key areas for program development within your organization.
  • Recall how to introduce wellness programming in nontraditional settings.
  • Develop the tools to build and identify programs appropriate for underserved populations.

Faculty: Stacey Judge, BS, CG, Wellness Program Director, Springpoint; and Cynthia Green, PhD, President, Total Brain Health/TBH Brands, LLC

Thanks for the memory: Strategy training for older adultsLinda Sasser

Adults without cognitive impairment may still have challenges with absent-mindedness and forgetfulness. Research shows a positive correlation between memory training and better memory performance as people age, with group formats appearing to be most effective for ameliorating memory loss problems. Engaging older adults in memory exercises and teaching them strategies for maintaining attention and remembering names and information can be of great practical benefit. Prospective memory (remembering to do things in the future) can be made more reliable through training in the use of external memory aids.

You’ll be able to:

  • Dispel myths and present accurate information about how memory changes with aging.
  • Explain how memory works and the importance of attention for encoding.
  • Design sessions to teach research-supported strategies that older adults can use to better remember names and information and to enhance their prospective memory.

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

ArtSage arts alliance: Opportunity, growth and meaningful multigenerational arts programmingMonica McAfee, Jamisyn Becker & William Riddle

Arts engagement and socialization can promote cognition, mental health and physical well-being, including through attending concerts, exhibitions, art galleries and theater productions, as well as actively participating in the creative process by making art, singing and dancing. Find out which brain lobes provide the greatest opportunity for continued growth and development when actively participating in the arts and improving quality of life. Discover how to establish critical partnerships and allow participants to play an active role in creating engaging programming. Identify ways to approach funding through “community benefit” efforts reinforced by strategic partnerships and coopted dollars for underwriting

You’ll be able to:

  • Recall the lobes of the brain and how active participation in the arts and humanities will grow cognition and well-being.
  • Identify community organizations, individuals and businesses that can create synergy to bring the greatest value to the overall experience.
  • Develop a practical budget by being creative. Identify funding sources by coopting dollars, obtaining research grants and appealing to community influencers for underwriting.

Faculty: Monica McAfee, BA, Chief Marketing and Innovation Officer, and Jamisyn Becker, BA, Life Enrichment Manager, John Knox Village; and William Riddle, President, The Venetian Arts Society.

Leveraging artificial intelligence in wellness: The science of happinessMayank Mishra

Current systems of wellness delivery are far from analytical and treated mostly like an art form. But return on investment should be tracked for such a critical investment in a community’s success. With every industry being radically transformed by leveraging big data, senior living communities can learn from mistakes and successes in related fields and add significant value when they begin to leverage data and employ the latest advances in artificial intelligence (AI) in their wellness regime. Learn what opportunities and ethical concerns communities should consider to treat happiness and engagement as a science.

You’ll be able to:

  • Determine what metrics matter, establish how communities can start tracking data that improve the outcomes of recreational activities and decide how to proactively act on it.
  • Discuss natural language processing, facial detection and mood sentiment analysis of residents for early prevention and detection.
  • Decide the best way to deliver personalized care in a scalable manner after investigating case studies of AI options in the wellness landscape: fitness trackers, robots, facial detection, digital avatars.

Faculty: Mayank Mishra, BA LLB, Chief Technology Officer, Televeda.

The 12-minute solution: Four fast-paced presentations

Committed to healthy movement
Faculty: Joe Turngren, East Sales Manager- Medical and Senior Living, Matrix Fitness

Measuring engagement success
Faculty: Hollie Kemp, Executive Vice President, Sagel

It's not "Fall Prevention"- It's fracture reduction. Proven methods
Faculty: Dean Sbragia, President, Medical Fitness Solutions

Top 5 ways communities have successfully combated isolation in 2020
Faculty: Mike Rethage, Senior Vice President of Senior Living, Touchtown

Chair to standing progressions for older-adult group exercise classesCindy Kozacek

Learn specific exercise programming for participants who need to remain seated in a chair and how to progress with those same exercises to standing with chair support. This session offers examples for strength, cardio and flexibility group exercise programming and how you, the instructor, can help a seated client progress to doing the same workouts while standing. This session is a must for group exercise instructors whose clients within one class setting have a variety of capabilities.

You’ll be able to:

  • Practice effective exercise programming for participants who need to remain seated.
  • Recall how to progress that same programming, so participants can stand with chair support.
  • Refer to a full sample class that includes strength, cardio and flexibility training.

Faculty: Cindy Kozacek, ACE, AFAA, Senior Fitness Programs Consultant and Educator, CK Fitness.

Evaluation evolutionChris Ratay

With the influx of “younger” older adults, an upgraded physical fitness assessment tool is needed. Learn the theory and physiology behind a proposed battery of new assessments as well as how to implement the tests during this interactive session. Takeaway this assessment, complete with all necessary instructional paperwork, diagrams and test norms, and gain access to printable “report cards.” Comfortable attire is recommended to participate and get hands-on experience.

You’ll be able to:

  • Discuss the need for and the physiology behind a more comprehensive physical assessment tool for older adults.
  • Conduct each portion of the proposed battery of tests.
  • Interpret and disseminate test results along with detailed score sheets.

Faculty: Chris Ratay, BA, Activities and Fitness Director, Sierra Winds Senior Living.

Active aging: Physical, cognitive and social effects of pole walking John Hudec & Mandy Shintani

Learn the benefits of specialized pole-walking programs for older adults from three contrasting studies. The initial study followed older adults with chronic health conditions in a community setting, and a pre/post group evaluation determined changes in balance indicators. The second included focus group sessions following exposure to poling during a 55+ walk-and-tone class for healthy and community-dwelling adults. Potential benefits, intentions and feelings of athleticism were reviewed. Focused on older adults in care with both chronic health conditions and cognitive impairment, the third measured physical, cognitive and social changes after regular pole-walking exposure. You’ll also experience the benefits of poling during seated exercises.

You’ll be able to:

  • Coordinate between therapists and wellness staff to provide fitness activities and programs benefiting people with chronic health conditions or physical or cognitive impairments.
  • Apply programming for a variety of settings and outcomes, including employee wellness, senior living communities, community centers, social service and public health organizations, parks, recreation, and medical facilities and fitness and health clubs.
  • Recall how physical activity can be modified for high- or low-functioning older adults in a variety of settings and evaluate the reach, effectiveness and impact of programs.

Faculty: John Hudec, PhD, Assistant Professor, Cape Breton University; and Mandy Shintani, BSc (OT), MA (Gero), Codirector, Urban Poling, Inc.

9:00 a.m.–10:00 a.m.


Circadian timing for optimal performance and healthMichael López-Alegría, Smith L. Johnston III, Steven Lockley, Mickey Beyer-Clausen & Richard Carmona (moderator)

A major shift in performance and health is currently happening, and circadian science is at the center. This panel will discuss the importance of circadian science in our daily lives, and how disrupting our circadian clock can lead to reduced performance, compromised safety and weakened immune function. Doing the right thing at the right time is central to our health and well-being, and with the correct guidance, the timing of biology is something we all can manage. As a bonus, former NASA astronaut Michael Lopéz-Alegría will share a few incredible stories from his four space missions and 10 spacewalks where circadian science helped him get ready for rocket launches and space walks, and live on orbit on the International Space Station.

Faculty: Faculty: Michael López-Alegría, Smith L. Johnston III, Steven Lockley, Mickey Beyer-Clausen & Richard Carmona (moderator)

10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.


Discover new technologies, equipment and services to support multidimensional wellness from providers committed to meeting the industry’s needs. View demonstrations and ask exhibitors questions in this live virtual session. Enjoy “real world”-type interaction and make purchasing decisions from the comfort and safety of your home or office.

12:00 p.m.–1:00 p.m.

Transforming aging through the power of readingSusan Ostrowski

Debunk three erroneous preconceptions regarding what adult text should look like, what it means to read, and whether older adults and those living with dementia can no longer read. Learn how aging affects the reading process. Practice creating friendly reading material for older adults and people with dementia. Explore how “interactive reading” supports expression and brings to light older adults’ unique selves while transforming and deepening relationships. Adapted reading connects older adults with each other, lessening isolation and boredom and providing authentic opportunities for independence, competency and learning.

You’ll be able to:

  • Observe an older adult attempting to read, identify specific areas of difficulty and compensate for those deficits so individuals (including those living with dementia) can enjoy reading on their own.
  • Create high-quality, engaging, age/dementia-friendly reading material that is not boring, insipid or juvenile.
  • Discuss how integrating accessible reading into the lives of older adults not only benefits them, but also benefits care partners, families and younger generations.

Faculty: Susan Ostrowski, MA, MS, Cofounder, Reading2Connect.

Why increasing happiness should be part of every programShirley Archer

It’s not only what you offer, it’s how you offer it. Learn how increasing people’s happiness improves outcomes in other programs to enhance health, such as nutrition, physical activity, social engagement and more. Discover the “secret sauce” to offering a program with a positive and uplifting approach. Review the latest research findings in “happiness science” and learn practical tips on how to increase the happiness quotient in every program that you offer.

You’ll be able to:

  • Explain the scientific definition of happiness.
  • Review research showing that if you boost happiness, other components will achieve better outcomes.
  • Use practical tips on how to apply “happiness boosters” to activities and practice happiness exercises.

Faculty: Shirley Archer, JD, MA, Shirley S. Archer Associates, LLC.

How fitness and wellness are transforming the senior center industryDouglas Gallow, Jr. & Ellen Gallow

The desire to accommodate mounting demand for fitness and wellness programs and amenities is evident in the facility planning efforts of senior centers today. Examine case studies that demonstrate how communities and organizations of various sizes are responding and discuss essential design considerations for creating universally appealing, accessible and user-friendly facilities. Gain insights into a variety of approaches for investing space and dollars effectively to support a well-rounded slate of wellness programs. Receive a checklist of universal design features to be implemented in any senior center design or renovation project.

You’ll be able to:

  • Describe a vision for a 21st-century senior center that effectively accommodates a full spectrum of wellness-focused programming.
  • Identify key design issues that come into play in creating a fitness/wellness center within a senior center.
  • Explain why ADA [Americans with Disabilities Act] compliance alone does not ensure a comfortable, user-friendly environment.

Faculty: Douglas Gallow, Jr., AIA, NCARB, BED, Senior Center Design Specialist, and Ellen Gallow, BA, CAPS, Senior Center Design Specialist, Lifespan Design Studio, LLC.

Active-aging nutrition insightsTricia Silverman

The 50+ population is expected to explode over the next 30 years. Discover nutrition and wellness tips to help you and your clients live longer, healthier and happier lives. Learn how specific nutrients and foods can impact longevity and prevent and treat conditions that affect active-agers, such as obesity, heart disease, osteoporosis, sarcopenia, polypharmacy and others. Hear about recent nutrition research that affects active-agers as well as related practical strategies to support optimal health.

You’ll be able to:

  • List at least four foods or nutrition strategies that contribute to longevity.
  • Name more nutritious food choices that older adults can select to support active aging.
  • Recall at least four chronic conditions that commonly affect active-agers and two strategies to treat or prevent these conditions.

Faculty: Tricia Silverman, RD, MBA, Owner, Tricia Silverman Wellness.

Are you an asset or liability in your organization?Karen Woodard

Does that question sound harsh? Perhaps. It is also a necessary question for you to ask and answer if you want to ensure you always have employment. Organizations all over the world are determining whether their workforces are assets or liabilities—and replacing employees with automation when equipment/technology can be seen as an asset versus humans doing the same job. Rather than a rant against progression or a doomsday look at the future, this session presents you with an opportunity to create a value statement, so you ensure you are seen as an asset rather than a liability.

You’ll be able to:

  • Describe what it is to be fully engaged—to actively give your full attention.
  • Discuss how to be fully interested—giving your attention and wanting to discover more.
  • Explain how to be fully informed—having/showing knowledge of/understanding the facts of a situation.

Faculty: Karen Woodard, President, Premium Performance Training.

Gamify your wellness programs to boost engagement and resultsSarah Robertson, Stephen Brown & Bailey Turpin

Today’s trends show gamification is shifting how people approach fitness. Introduce an element of play to enhance engagement and increase results by making fitness fun for older adults. Learn five fundamental fitness games that extend beyond the physical dimension of wellness and boost cognition through strategic communication and team work. Explore the benefits of play-based exercise, learn how to introduce appropriate versions of gamification for older adults, and experience the fun firsthand during the active participation component.

You’ll be able to:

  • Discuss fitness gamification strategies and play-based exercise.
  • Introduce appropriate versions of gamification for older adults.
  • Practice five fundamental fitness games that can easily be adapted to suit any ability level.

Faculty: Sarah Robertson, BA, National Director of Training and Customer Support, Stephen Brown, BA, National Director of Training and Customer Support, Wellness Services, and Bailey Turpin, BS, National Program Director, Wellness Services, Aegis Therapies.

Work with what you’ve got: Providing wellness in small spacesBrittany Austin

Learn how to provide successful and engaging wellness programs in any space and how to adjust and adapt programs to fit the surroundings. Whether you have a full fitness center or you teach classes in your dining hall, learn how to make the most of what you’ve got. Explore techniques for developing programs with little to no equipment and hear some space-saving ideas for equipment storage and transportation.

You’ll be able to:

  • Provide well-rounded wellness programming to residents, regardless of space limitations.
  • Assess current space and determine how to make the best use of that space for wellness needs.
  • Offer a variety of programs and exercises with little to no equipment.

Faculty: Brittany Austin, MBA, BS, National Wellness Director, RehabCare PLUS.

The 12-minute solution: Four fast-paced presentations

How to make wellness breaks an essential part of every day
Faculty: Tony de Leede, CEO, Wellness Solutions

Muscle power: The key to maintaining functional abilities
Faculty: Paul Holbrook, Owner, Age Performance

A safe and effective solution in our new normal
Faculty: Rachel McDermott, Education Specialist, HydroWorx International

Get up to reduce falls, boost immunity and revenue
Faculty: Colin Hoobler, CEO, S3 Balance, LLC

Moving with purpose: Strategies for creating balanceSharlyn Green & Rebecca McCarthy

Balance is vital for physical performance and health and for activities of daily living like climbing stairs, exiting a car or carrying groceries. What elements create balance and stability? How can we stay safe, strong and balanced throughout life? Explore some of the components of balance, including functional movement efficiency, flexibility and mobility, muscular strength, focus, concentration and reaction time. Learn to create strategies to improve many of the factors that are key to preventing falls for individuals of varied physical and cognitive states.

You’ll be able to:

  • Identify intrinsic and extrinsic factors that lead to increased risk for falls for older adults.
  • Individualize and modify exercise options in order to improve movement efficiencies for those of various cognitive, skill and fitness levels.
  • Implement fall prevention strategies in a variety of fitness class designs.

Faculty: Sharlyn Green, MBA, Owner, and Rebecca McCarthy, BFA, Consultant, Core Connection, LLC.

Mend my back: Lifestyle foundationsLaura Warf

If you or your clients experience any kind of back discomfort, this workshop is for you. Back pain is often a symptom of problems that can range from tight muscles, poor posture and stress to more serious disorders. Learn to address daily lifestyle habits to examine how our clients move and live beyond the time spent in exercise classes. Discover daily lifestyle tips that you can share to help clients or colleagues cultivate a healthier back at home and at work. Leave with valuable tips on how to teach daily repetitive movements like sitting, standing and bending over in an accessible way for people dealing with back pain.

You’ll be able to:

  • Offer clients or colleagues daily lifestyle tips for postural improvement in a variety of habitual positions.
  • Integrate fundamental movement patterns (gait, hip hinge, squat) into your sessions to assist in injury prevention and optimize quality of life.
  • Practice accessible exercises that can be easily integrated into any environment for stress reduction and pain management.

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

1:15 p.m.–2:00 p.m.


Join your colleagues for idea-sharing sessions on how you have pivoted to address our new reality in “Idea Rooms,” a great way to take advantage of the one-to-one exchanges that are a primary benefit of a conference. Enter the room featuring the topic that interests you and share your own knowledge and experiences at the same time you learn from peers. Meet new people in an informal setting, relay your experiences and come away with lots of ideas to implement in the weeks to come. Topics to be determined.

You can also use this time for a free one-on-one consultation with your chosen exhibitors. Bring your blueprint or floor plan, product requirements and purchasing needs to discuss with these experts.