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

Prepare yourself for the day with an energizing session of interactive activities (physical, cognitive, spiritual).

7:45 a.m.–8:45 a.m.

Healthy aging and positive youth development via housing-based intergenerational programmingTaryn Patterson, John McDonald

Senior housing can be an ideal platform for implementing high-quality intergenerational work. Partnerships with local educational institutions and youth-service agencies can help expand social networks, create meaningful civic engagement opportunities and build social capital for all generations. Review the benefits of intergenerational practice and discuss whether affordable senior housing is an ideal platform for programming. Explore challenges and ways to mitigate them while developing new intergenerational programming. Gain tips and tools to help develop new programming or strengthen existing programming.

You’ll be able to:

  • Employ basic principles of culture change to foster staff buy-in for intergenerational programming.
  • Identify ways to mitigate challenges of community-based intergenerational practice, particularly for low-income and diverse populations.
  • Enact needs-based, trauma-informed, high-quality intergenerational programming based on current research.

Faculty: Taryn Patterson, PhD, Intergenerational Program Coordinator, John McDonald, MA, Resident Services Coordinator Supervisor, and Sequoia Living Community Services.

Effectively measure engagement outcomes in assisted living, skilled nursing and memory careJill McKenrick & Charles de Vilmorin

Successful models of well-being focus on how we can collaborate with the older adult so they live every day with purpose. To enable such models, it has never been more important for providers to formalize resident engagement to connect mission and business objectives. This session will share and review nationwide data and state-of-the-art methods used by Juniper Village at Brookline, in Pennsylvania, to increase active engagement and support person-centered care in skilled nursing, memory care and assisted living communities. Review a step-by-step evidence-based approach in programming for wellness, including resident preferences analysis, efficient planning, increased engagement quality and real-time data reporting.

You’ll be able to:

  • Discuss the basic concept of resident engagement.
  • Measure and evaluate engagement with evidence-based and standardized methods.
  • Start a data-driven approach to resident engagement in your community regardless of its size, location and level of care.

Faculty: Jill McKenrick, BA, CDP, PA-PCHA, Director of Community Engagement, Juniper Village at Brookline; and Charles de Vilmorin, MA, CEO, Linked Senior.

Get up to reduce falls, boost immunity and revenueColin Hoobler

Discover the short- and long-term consequences of excessive sitting. Recognize the devastating effects of “sitting disease” and its impact on falls, immune system function (ISF) and revenue. Also learn about sitting activity versus standing exercise, plus understand the risks of using a chair (or other unstable object) for balance training and identify alternatives. In addition, this session will identify the four balance systems and biomechanics involved in developing a time-sensitive standing balance/full-body strengthening program for an older adult, along with the neural mechanisms involved and how to recruit them with minimal staff effort.

You’ll be able to:

  • Differentiate sitting activity versus standing exercise and implications for disability and early death. Explore how standing exercise affects human biology (e.g., neutrophils, macrophages) to improve ISF. Summarize the risks of using a chair (or other unstable objects) for balance training and identify alternatives.
  • Analyze return on investment (ROI) for a wellness program based on average length of stay (ALOS). Compare cost of implementing a standing balance program using innovative cost-effective strategies versus traditional strength equipment. Identify four key motivational techniques to get residents involved in balance training. Discuss staff behavioral characteristics that convey compassion and evidence-based care.
  • Identify the four balance systems and how to safely develop them. Create a safe standing exercise plan using only manual assistance to reduce falls while boosting ISF & revenue. Differentiate required RPE (rates of perceived exertion) to enhance ISF, balance and strengthening, and associated programming parameters.

Faculty: Colin Hoobler, PT, DPT, MS, Founder and Inventor, S3 Balance, LLC.

Masters in motion: Training “the buckets” so you can!Pat VanGalen

Join in a comprehensive training session that hits all the necessary movement parameters. Test your neuromotor skills and abilities, like agility and coordination, and your fitness components, like strength and stamina. Are your movement buckets dynamically balanced now and for decades to come? Are they full, overflowing or empty? Body weight, minimal equipment, bare feet or minimalist shoes and your energy and enthusiasm are the only requirements. If you aim to dodge the bullet of disability, keep your freedom to move, up your game and inspire those around you, then leap in to this learning and doing session.

You’ll be able to:

  • Experience all the components of a comprehensive training session, from warm-up to cooldown, in an optimal flow.
  • Evaluate the integrity of personal, residential, community and facility programs/systems.
  • Recalibrate and reinfuse programming by building on a life span system of criterion-based progressions.

Faculty: Pat VanGalen, MS, Owner, Active & Agile, Maximizing Mobility Through the Ages™.

The 12-minute solution: Four fast-paced presentations

Smart aging: The future of resident engagement and wellness technology
Faculty: Josh Studzinski, Vice President of Marketing, Caremerge

Keeping seniors connected with what matters most in their lives
Faculty: Tracie Konigsbauer, National CapTel Field Marketing Programs Manager, Hamilton CapTel

SITT: Test. Train. Track.
Faculty: Carmen Fox, NuStep Product Marketing Manager

Enhancing outcomes and income with targeted medical nutrition
Faculty: Dean Sbragia, President, Medical Fitness Solutions

Aging mindfully: Creating mindful momentsSharlyn Green

Mindfulness can benefit older adults in many ways, including stress relief, improved focus and mental clarity and better digestion. Learn the effects of stress on the body and brain and how mindfulness practices can combat the negative impact of unmanaged chronic stress. Experience and explore various types of mindful practices, including breathing techniques for relaxation and better sleep, guided imagery, and mindful movement practices. Receive guidance and resources to implement mindfulness sessions in your location, practice or classes, and gain tools to manage your own stress.

You’ll be able to:

  • Recognize and understand the negative effects of unmanaged chronic stress on the body and brain.
  • Design mindfulness sessions, including breath work, guided imagery and mindful movement.
  • Discuss how mind/body programs fit into activity calendars for various levels of physical and cognitive capacities, complementing and enhancing current wellness programming.

Faculty: Sharlyn Green, MBA, Owner, Core Connection, LLC.

Effective floor yoga class design for older adultsAllissa Raway

Floor classes target core and hip musculature, integrate the body as various muscle groups are activated together, build up strength for maneuvering on the floor and provide practice getting up and down. These exercises and the practice of yoga translate well into everyday life and can help improve strength, balance, flexibility and brain function and calm the nervous system. Learn how to use and adapt traditional yoga poses to the older adult and how to intelligently design a floor class to ensure fluidity, relaxation and some intensity as you work key muscle groups. Explore modifications for more ease and gain knowledge of the best cues for safety and alignment.

You’ll be able to:

  • Teach floor yoga postures that help increase balance, flexibility, strength, postural awareness and brain health.
  • Take away sequences of yoga postures and know how to adapt the sequences for various settings and participants.
  • Apply knowledge of modifications and contraindications in a class setting.

Faculty: Allissa Raway, BS, Wellness Lead, Friendship Village of Bloomington.

8:45 a.m.–9:45 a.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.

10:00 a.m.–11:00 a.m.

Indoors or out: Nurturing nature connections to boost health and well-beingShirley Archer

Forest bathing, also known as Shinrin Yoku, is growing in popularity globally. In this live, interactive workshop, learn from a forest therapy guide about forest bathing and its benefits, as well as how it differs from a simple walk in nature, and how to offer a sampling of indoor or outdoor nature-based activities to boost older-adult well-being. This session will include a lecture and indoor exercises that can also be done outside. Tips on how to “bring the outdoors in” will be discussed. Note to attendees: Sit near a window, if possible, when you attend this session. Bring a fragrant item such as an herb (e.g., a sprig of lavender, rosemary or a citrus fruit) and a favorite nature treasure (e.g., a rock, twig, feature or shell). For the end of the session, also bring tea or something to drink and a small snack.

You’ll be able to:

  • Explain forest bathing (aka Shinrin Yoku) and review evidence-based health benefits.
  • Recall key ingredients to foster “nature connection.”
  • Offer activities that can be done indoors or outside.

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

Are you harnessing the collective genius in your organization?Karen Woodard

In our super competitive market over the past 20 years, it has become increasingly important to any organization to be innovative. The most successful innovative organizations have changed their approach to leadership by creating collaborative organizations with an interplay of ideas. Innovative organizations (not just the leaders) recognize that innovation is a team sport, and a leader’s role is to set the stage for collective genius to happen. In this session, learn how to take all the individual slices of genius and orchestrate collective genius.

You’ll be able to:

  • Create collaborative organizations.
  • Encourage constructive disagreement and discourage “getting along” or “going along.”
  • Manage the tension that occurs with the paradox while making sure all people feel valued.

Faculty: Karen Woodard, President, Premium Performance Training.

Getting plugged in: Using technology to build wellness engagementLaura Spicer & Alison Snook

Incorporating technology into your fitness and wellness program can be scary, but very rewarding. Learn ways to utilize technology to plan events, market and incorporate all wellness dimensions. Explore how best to research fitness equipment that offers technology, how to engage in best practices with your IT team to ensure your systems talk to one another and provide the best technology experience for your residents and fitness team. Access data that you can use for programming, for soliciting feedback from your residents, and for ways to use technology in your fitness classes (including examples of attendance recording, scheduling, promoting programs/classes/clinics, assessments and education).

You’ll be able to:

  • Develop an action plan to incorporate IT in planning, using and supporting technology in your fitness and wellness programming.
  • Discuss specific examples of utilizing technology in fitness classes, programming and assessments.
  • Use data and feedback to develop programs, train teams and celebrate your technology accomplishments.

Faculty: Laura Spicer, MSEd, RD, Director of Resident Well-Being and Engagement, and Alison Snook, MS, EP-c, Fitness Center Coordinator, Bridgewater Retirement Community.

Nutrition and sleep: Fascinating connections for the active-agerTricia Silverman

Good nutrition and restful sleep go hand in hand. When one is compromised, it can disrupt the other. Learn how sleeping well can help active-agers control their weight and revitalize their minds and bodies. See how a lack of sleep impacts hormones, which can affect hunger, appetite, glucose regulation, muscle mass and more. Discover foods, herbs, teas and nutrients that can enhance sleep and others that may interfere with it. Find out about the healthy habits that set the stage for better sleep in the active-aging years.

You’ll be able to:

  • List at least four foods or nutrition strategies that contribute to restful sleep.
  • State four or more hormones that are affected by sleep.
  • Identify at least four healthy habits that lead to better sleep in active-agers.

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

Grey power: Progressive functional training using rhythm formula-based systemsLibby Norris & Ruth Parliament

Research is demonstrating the value and benefits of high-intensity training to optimize health and support quality of life. Examine exercise program design that targets muscular and somatosensory balance systems. Apply music and rhythm variations to elicit progressive overload through isometric, concentric and eccentric loading. Also, use static and slow dynamic strategies (along with options for adding intensity) that allow for individual physical differences and personal preferences.

You’ll be able to:

  • Design group exercise formats that target both muscular and somatosensory balance systems to support optimal health, fall prevention and activities of daily living.
  • Optimize results for progressive overload and muscle power using rhythmic formulas and exercise combinations that can be adapted to a variety of small equipment and body weight exercises.
  • Optimize the benefits of group exercise, including social, emotional and physical, while providing options to customize individual variances with strength, mobility and ability.

Faculty: Libby Norris, BA, Fitness Manager, City of Mississauga; and Ruth Parliament, BSc, MA, Faculty, American School of Tangier.

The 12-minute solution: Four fast-paced presentations

The power of story
Faculty: Beth Sanders, Founder/CEO, LifeBio

Addressing the importance of deconditioning
Faculty: Sandy Stoub, Symbria

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

4 Ways to Enhance your Class
Faculty: Emily Johnson, Founder and Creative Director, StrongerU Senior Fitness

Add six to your fitness mix: Blending cognition and exerciseKim Eichinger & Renee Harlow

Blend cognitive and physical programming into an active, stimulating experience. Take away six ideas for implementing cognitively challenging tasks while engaging in simple physical exercise. Each mental workout will incorporate components such as sequencing, recall, critical thinking, direction change, reaction time and body movement. Learn how to adapt activities to meet the functional level of your clientele and hear how to successfully introduce this type of dual tasking for participants. Observe residents participating in each of the six activities, all adapted to comply with safety measures for COVID-19. Also, receive instructions for implementing these cost-effective activities requiring no special equipment.

You’ll be able to:

  • Expand your fitness program to incorporate exercises that blend cognitive and physical tasks in a fun and socially engaging approach. Although large group dynamics typically promote social interaction, demonstrated activities reflect programming modified to engage smaller groups and incorporate outdoor spaces and safe distancing.
  • Use simple resources to add this new wellness dimension to group exercise.
  • Generate ideas for implementing mental workouts that complement your existing exercise classes to meet the new fitness trends.

Faculty: Kim Eichinger, ACE, Executive Director of Dynamic Living, and Renee Harlow, ACE, Fitness Director, Country Meadows Retirement Communities.

STOTT PILATES® Armchair Pilates® with HandweightsLaureen DuBeau

For active-aging exercisers, program design needs to reflect daily living requirements. Those with limited mobility face additional challenges. By applying STOTT PILATES® biomechanical principles as a foundation, discover how to use light handheld weights to target postural deficiencies, foster internal and external awareness, and slow muscle loss related to aging. Exercises are designed to reconnect mind and body and improve functional capacity of the older participant through graded strength training, proprioceptive feedback and joint range of motion. Maximize functional health, balance and coordination in a program that keeps clients feeling motivated and successful.

You’ll be able to:

  • Explore the STOTT PILATES biomechanical principles as a basis to create healthier movement patterns.
  • Describe how movement essence and exercise goals for a specialized population direct program choices.
  • Discuss how the use of handheld weights can be appropriate for maintaining strength and muscle tone. Discover how increased awareness can improve movement literacy for clients with restricted mobility.

Faculty: Laureen DuBeau, BFA, Master Instructor Trainer, Merrithew™.

11:15 a.m.–12:00 p.m.


Have 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.

12:00 p.m.–1:00 p.m.

Adventures in wellness: A creative and experimental approach to programmingTaryn Young & Melissa Markey

Learn how a small wellness team can creatively, successfully and effectively increase offerings. Discover how to use local resources to develop diverse programming while overcoming budget and burnout concerns. Cross all dimensions of wellness to meet the needs of current and future participants and build relationships with off-site businesses, which can strengthen communities.

You’ll be able to:

  • Boost program offerings while implementing new initiatives.
  • Communicate this program concept with colleagues.
  • Utilize the success indicators from these diverse programs, which can be incorporated into current offerings.

Faculty: Taryn Young, ACE, Fitness Specialist, and Melissa Markey, BA, Wellness Manager, Westminster Canterbury Richmond.

PANEL The future reality of senior living and care communities in a post-pandemic societyThomas Levi, Rosalyn Cama & Gracyn Robinson (moderator)

A tipping point has arrived with COVID-19. For senior living and care communities, an opportunity exists to prepare for a next generation of residents with the benefit of evidence-based thinking. What innovative design/operational solutions will emerge as we explore how to prepare for future infectious disease and market volatility? What lessons can we learn about successful design of the built environment from communities that mitigated risk of the coronavirus’s spread? Explore infectious disease implications in design, design safety, and strategic planning steps to help ensure your community’s preparedness and resiliency for the future. Discussions will inform a new evidence-based research agenda to determine the best environmental solutions.

You’ll be able to:

  • Comprehend the shift to prevention and wellness through the integration of Evidence-Based Design, Universal Design (UD) and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) principles and application within community models of care and living.
  • Discuss how best to prepare your community for future infectious disease and market volatility; and become flexible to meet changing demands as your target audience changes. Explain how design professionals can assist your future planning and resiliency in existing or new buildings.
  • Articulate the right questions to ask for the next generation of community residents. Inform a new evidence-based research agenda. Discuss lessons learned about the built environment from communities that mitigated risk of COVID-19 spread and from acute care settings with stricter precautions in place.

Faculty: Thomas Levi, MAUD, AIA, President, LWDA Design; Rosalyn Cama, FASID, EDAC, President, CAMA, Inc.; and Gracyn Robinson (moderator), BA, EDAC Affiliate, IIDA Associate, Consultant, Gracyn Robinson Consulting.

What’s your purpose? The new frontier for achieving wellnessLidia Conci

A large body of evidence demonstrates that purpose is critical to life and that meaningful and purposeful activity can create tangible health benefits. Learn the benefits for wellness of engaging in meaningful activities that help individuals achieve purpose. Delve into key findings regarding purpose and explore how a purpose-based approach integrates with the dimensions of wellness. Discover how promoting wellness through purpose-based activity can be achieved within care settings for older adults and learn how one provider has implemented a philosophy of purpose throughout the organization that has benefits for service delivery and client outcomes.

You’ll be able to:

  • Conduct goal identification with clients and ascertain which activities are meaningful and provide purpose to their lives.
  • Develop a framework for a purpose-based program that is individually goal-oriented and enhances the dimensions of wellness
  • Foster a philosophy and culture in your organization that embraces a purpose-based approach to deliver best practices and achieve positive results with older-adult clients.

Faculty: Lidia Conci, CPSP, BA, Managing Director, AvantiCare.

Using artificial intelligence to improve exercise/balance outcomesMellany Hanson

Gait speed, leg strength and mobility have proven to be effective proxies for risk of falling in older adults. Learn how technology has been used to objectively measure these proxies. Discuss how the AI tool can help staff objectively and effectively triage residents into an exercise program, personal training or a balance training program; evaluate program effectiveness; and offer cutting-edge quality of care. Explore how this approach allows staff to make changes to create a larger overall benefit to the community.

You’ll be able to:

  • Discuss how meaningful objective measures can drive participation in fitness and fall-risk-reduction programs, make fitness and balance programs more robust and improve outcomes.
  • Use AI technology as a tool to more effectively utilize staff skills and improve communication with other departments.
  • Examine how one community strategically chooses wellness/fitness programs that show value to residents and support its community marketing effort.

Faculty: Mellany Hanson, BA, MS, Lifestyle Director, Vi at La Jolla Village.

Line dancing: Young and oldJune Kittay

You go to a party and dance for hours, yet you watch the clock after 15 minutes in an exercise class. Sound familiar? Join this fun, interactive seminar and learn how to include line dancing as a program to encourage health, fitness and socialization both in and away from your class. Get up and dance! You and your clients can have fun while getting fit with line dancing.

You’ll be able to:

  • Identify what makes line dancing unique and desirable in today’s environment.
  • Review basic line dance steps, terminology and modifications for your population.
  • Take away simple, universal and popular party line dances to teach immediately.

Faculty: June Kittay, BSED, AFAA, Owner and CEO, Tampa Bay Bodies.

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

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

Addressing social isolation and loneliness: COVID-19 and beyond
Faculty: Dr. Kristine Theurer, President, Java Group Programs

Understanding the aspirational wellness goals of everyone in your community
Faculty: Melissa Weston, Vice President – Global Commercial Excellence and Chris Lee Senior Marketing Manager

Energizing chair yoga for older adultsAllissa Raway

Experience an entire chair yoga class that will challenge strength, balance, mobility and endurance while settling the mind and spirit. You’ll gain more knowledge about how to intelligently design a chair-based yoga class, a better understanding of safety measures/contraindications and yoga philosophy, plus sequences of poses to adapt to your community.

You’ll be able to:

  • Teach poses that increase balance, flexibility, strength, postural awareness, brain health (through dual-tasking, coordination and meditation) and cardiovascular health in mixed-level, older-adult classes.
  • Integrate yoga philosophy and tradition, alignment, cueing and safety precautions to your classes.
  • Design yoga classes intelligently to enhance participants’ class experience and increase mind/body results and outcomes.

Faculty: Allissa Raway, BS, Wellness Lead, Friendship Village of Bloomington.

Disrupt functional decline with effective high-intensity trainingDonna Diedrich, Christine Herziger & Bailey Turpin

Research links strength, power and mobility decline, stating that thresholds in lower-extremity muscle strength can predict loss of mobility in community-dwelling older adults and when they will need assistance with daily living activities. Yet most current fitness programs for older adults consist of general conditioning activities and low-intensity exercise. Are these programs resulting from fear of harm, lack of understanding of the evidence, or inappropriate exercise dosing? This session will address the gap between the evidence and current practice. Engage in an active exercise lab to disrupt decline from inactivity or underdosed activity. Gain skills incorporating high-intensity strength training into safe, effective function and a toolkit of resources to immediately change practice.

You’ll be able to:

  • Interpret current evidence supporting high-intensity exercise for the musculoskeletal, cardiopulmonary and neuromuscular systems of aging adults.
  • Integrate this evidence into established practice and learn exercise regimes based on movement analysis and impairment identification.
  • Apply effective exercise dosing to client programming through application of the physical stress theory and demonstration of client exercise prescriptions.

Faculty: Donna Diedrich, PT, DPT, GCS, Vice President of Clinical Operations, Christine Herziger, PT, MBA, National Lead Advanced Practice Specialist, and Bailey Turpin, BS, CPT, National Program Director, Wellness Services, Aegis Therapies.

PANEL Advancing wellness during a pandemicRobert Sorenson, Monica McAfee, Dr. Sarah Matyko, Annie Shaffer & Shannon Radford

How can you advance your wellness culture during the COVID-19 pandemic? What innovative strategies can you implement to keep your residents and members safe, healthy and engaged? How can you meet customers’ needs, expectations and desires? These and other topics will be explored by the winners of the ICAA NuStep Pinnacle Award in 2019. These organizations represent the top wellness-focused senior living communities in North America. Hear their stories, and learn about the emerging and best practices they have developed to advance wellness within their organizations during the COVID-19 pandemic.

You’ll be able to:

  • Create novel wellness strategies that make a difference.
  • Identify how these organization keep residents and members safe, healthy and engaged, whether indoors, outdoors or online.
  • Integrate some or all of these emerging practices into your wellness strategy indoors, outdoors and online.

Faculty: Robert Sorenson, MA, CSCS, CSPS, Director of Wellness, Moorings Park; Monica McAfee, Chief Marketing and Innovation Officer, John Knox Village of Florida, Inc.; Dr. Sarah Matyko, OTD, CDE, CPT, Corporate Director of Life Enrichment, Senior Resource Group; Annie Shaffer, BS, RN, Wellness Director, Sunnyside Retirement Community; and Shannon Radford, BS, Director of Wellness.