November 8 - 10, 2022


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.

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All times for the ICAA Conference, Leadership Summit and Expo are Pacific Time. A session scheduled for 9 am Pacific will be held at 10 am Mountain, 11 am Central and 12 noon in the Eastern time zone. Plan for your time zone. [ Time Zone Converter ]


7:00 a.m.-7:30 a.m. PT (Pacific Time)

Session 1: Wake up with wellness: Resetting our BRAIN, from mental training to mindfulness

Join one of our Advisory Board Members, Lawrence Biscontini, MA, as virtual host of our morning “Wake Up to Wellness” starts to each day of our virtual event with a different view of our theme of wellness as a reset. Each morning session will set the tone for each day and explore how we can RESET both our understanding of aging as well as the process of aging.

Faculty: Lawrence Biscontini, MA, Founder, FG2000

Session 2: Wake up with wellness: Start your day off feeling refreshed, energized and focused.

Learn and experience simple techniques that create a powerful difference. Join Matrix Master Trainer Audrey Lee, PhD, to wake up your body and mind

Faculty: Audrey Lee, PhD, Matrix Master Trainer

7:35 a.m.-7:40 a.m. PT (Pacific Time)

Welcome to ICAA Virtual Conference, Leadership Summit and Expo 2021.

Presenter TBA

7:45 a.m.–8:45 a.m. PT (Pacific Time)

Boosting engagement through interactive & virtual technologiesGwen Rose

The COVID-19 pandemic showed the devastating consequences of social isolation. Find out why multiple forms of interaction are needed to keep older adults engaged. Learn about several interactive, motion-activated and virtual technologies used as therapeutic recreational tools to boost the engagement of older adults, improving their cognitive, physical, emotional and social functioning. Attendees will also learn how to monitor engagement and tailor content to create a more person-centred approach.

You’ll be able to:

  • Understand the principles of positive psychology, neuroplasticity and rementia as applied to technologies used as therapeutic recreational tools.
  • Use the research-driven benefits of these technologies to determine how to best engage older adults.
  • Create ways to monitor user engagement with various technologies and learn how to customize content to best serve clients’ need.

Faculty: Gwen Rose, BScPT, Vice President, Xlent Care Product Inc., SensoryOne.

Trends in wellness & design for the active aging populationKim Matheson & Mary Lynn Mellinger

Boomers have changed the way we look at aging and redefined a new age of wellness. Learn how this well educated and affluent sector is staying engaged through volunteerism, social and cultural activities and international travel. Hear how they are expecting lifelong good health by seeking out spa and fitness programming, including life balance needs of sleep restoration, social connectivity and body strengthening.

You’ll be able to:

  • Explain how wellness services can improve senior living communities’ acquisition, retention, revenue and destination appeal.
  • Identify delineative wellness offerings to set your community apart from the competition.
  • Learn how to optimize existing underutilized spaces for wellness programming.

Faculty: Kim Matheson, BA, Senior Vice President, and Mary Lynn Mellinger, BFA, Project Designer, WTS International.

Bridging the wellness gap: Programming solutions throughout COVID-19Brittany Austin

COVID-19 has forever changed everyone’s lives. Discover the impact wellness has on mental and emotional health, combining the best of pre- and post-COVID worlds in a forward thinking approach to programming. Delve into customizing your wellness programs based on well-rounded, alternative solutions to address the unique needs of your communities.

You’ll be able to:

  • Adapt programs that meet the dimensions of wellness as well as the “new normal” standards for safety due to COVID-19.
  • Educate your teams and residents on the value of wellness programming for overall health, mental and emotional well-being.
  • Customize your wellness program to include the best of both worlds, pre- and post-pandemic.

Faculty: Brittany Austin, BS, MBA, National Director of Health and Wellness, Functional Pathways.

Optimizing sleep for better brain healthLinda Sasser

As people age, insomnia and sleep disturbance symptoms tend to become more common, which can interfere with daytime functioning. Understand how poor sleep quality is associated with depression, an increased risk of falls and accidents, and impairments in cognitive function. Discover the science that demonstrates how certain lifestyle practices, including exercise, can improve sleep quality in older adults.

You’ll be able to:

  • Identify changes in sleep that generally accompany aging.
  • Articulate findings from research regarding the specific effects of exercise on sleep.
  • Educate clients and residents in strategies and the use of apps for more restorative sleep.

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

What is a menternship and why would I want one?Jackie Halbin

Older adults want to contribute to meaningful projects in their communities, and they offer a wealth of knowledge, skills and talents. A “menternship” is a way to engage clients/residents and staff in meaningful and purposeful relationships using them as mentors to your staff and as valuable interns to accomplish projects. Explore how menternships cross all dimensions of wellness, making this model a wonderful asset to your community or center.

You’ll be able to:

  • Learn how to build a menternship program in your community or center.
  • Explore how to create a mentor program utilizing the valuable resources of your residents or clients to mentor your staff.
  • Decide what projects best suit the internship portion of this process.

Faculty: Jackie Halbin, BS, CPT, Manager, Living Well, Lakeview Village.

Restorative chair yoga for older adults: Can you say Ahhhh-sana?Shirley Archer

Restorative yoga offers pain relief, restoration and relaxation. Many postures, however, use floor-based positions. Learn how to create a restorative experience for your participants, particularly for those with limited mobility, while using a chair and easily accessible props. Develop a home sequence that you can offer right away.

You’ll be able to:

  • Learn the purpose of restorative yoga and how to use simple props to alter floor-based moves for older adults or those with limited mobility.
  • Understand basic teaching techniques and adjustments for people with different ability levels.
  • Apply what you’ve learned to create a take home sequence.

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

Effective Zoom exercise for Parkinson's & Alzheimer'sJackie Russell & David Zid

Inactivity and social isolation worsen depression and physical decline and may hasten death in the older population. Discover how the COVID-19 pandemic has created a vital need for innovative delivery of group exercise for clients with Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases. Understand how socialization in group exercise helps motivate participants to maintain high levels of adherence using the Zoom platform, two-way communication and innovative group techniques.

You’ll be able to:

  • Understand the impact of the pandemic isolation and inactivity on physical and mental health in older adults.
  • Describe the positive impact of regular exercise on brain health and improvement of neurologic decline in Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases.
  • Identify components of a successful virtual group exercise class including strategies for safety, navigation of technology and encouraging socialization.

Faculty: Jackie Russell, RN, BSN, CNOR, Cofounder Total Healthworks, Cofounder OhioHealth Delay the Disease™ and David Zid, BA, ACE, APG, Cofounder Total HealthWorks and Cofounder OhioHealth Delay the Disease™

Tweakology Part 2: Lunges, punches & squatsSue Grant

In this followup session, you’ll have a chance to practice what you learned in Tweakology 101. Use the Gray Institute’s “Ten Observational Essentials of Movement” to tweak three favorite exercises: lunges, punches and squats. Then readily modify any exercise you choose.

You’ll be able to:

  • Develop expertise in using the “Ten Observational Essentials of Movement” to modify lunges, punches and squats for clients and residents.
  • Easily modify any of your favorite moves to customize moves for your clients and residents.
  • Add power, cognitive games, cardio and functional variety to any exercise that you choose, to keep clients energized and motivated.

Faculty: Sue Grant, BA, ACE, Founder,

9:00 a.m.–10:00 a.m. PT (Pacific Time)

From retirement to regenerationChip Conley

Entrepreneur Chip Conley has disrupted the hospitality industry twice. Now, he is on the verge of disrupting both the higher education and senior living industries. In early 2018, Conley launched the Modern Elder Academy (MEA), which is in the process of creating four Regenerative Communities in the Santa Fe, New Mexico, and Baja California regions. Hear him talk about the evolution of Del Webb’s Sun City concept more than six decades ago and why regeneration, not retirement, is what adults 55+ and older are looking for today—and what it means for universities and senior living communities.CEUs

Faculty: Chip Conley, BA, MBA, is founder of the Modern Elder Academy (MEA) and MEA Regenerative Communities. He also serves as Airbnb’s strategic advisor for hospitality and leadership. At age 26, Conley converted an inner-city motel into the second-largest boutique hotel brand in the United States: Joie de Vivre Hospitality. After leading the company for 24 years, he joined the young founders of Airbnb to help transform their start-up into the worldwide phenomenon it is today. The New York Times best-selling author found inspiration in that experience for his most recent book, Wisdom@Work: The Making of a Modern Elder. Conley holds a master’s degree in business administration from Stanford University and received an honorary doctorate in psychology from Saybrook University. He serves on the board of and the advisory board for the Stanford Center for Longevity.

10:15 a.m.–11:00 a.m. PT (Pacific Time)

ICAA Career Fair

Held in conjunction with the ICAA Conference, Leadership Summit and Expo, conference attendees and guests can explore multiple job opportunities in various industries that focus on helping people age well.

11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. PT (Pacific Time)

Virtual Expo

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. PT (Pacific Time)

Outdoor adventures: Attitude, motivation & successful agingJoe Tierney

The evidence is irrefutable regarding the impact of outdoor physical activity on well-being, social interaction, health indices and quality of life. Step into learning how outdoor adventure and a variety of fitness activities can be adapted to suit each participant's skill level and ability. Examine a research study showing benefits and motivations of older adventurers who engage in walking, cycling or scuba diving. Understand how the prime motivating benefit is not just physical activity but especially social and educational factors, which aids facilitation and promotion of positive attitudes on aging for policy makers, leaders and others.

You’ll be able to:

  • Learn about facilitation, fun and attitude, and apply innovative, sustainable approaches to relevant outdoor physical activity.
  • Deliberate the views of older outdoor adventurers regarding the impact of their chosen activity on quality of life.
  • Explore the potential impact of the normalization of outdoor adventure on successful aging.

Faculty: Joe Tierney, BSc, MA, MSc, lecturer at Athlone Institute of Technology in the Department of Hospitality Tourism and Leisure.

Reimagining experience through innovationRegan Medzhibzher

In the wake of the pandemic, we know that resident and associate expectations for personalized, innovative experiences will persist. Focus on how to drive associate and resident experiences, build an outcome-oriented culture and intentionally innovate to solve real problems.

You’ll be able to:

  • Create personalized associate and resident experiences.
  • Foster an outcome-oriented culture.
  • Intentionally pilot and scale solutions to solve complex problems.

Faculty: Regan Medzhibzher, BA, Vice President of Marketing and Communications, Morrison Living.

Properly and profitably train clients age 50+ in a virtual worldMalin Svensson

It is imperative to adapt exercise training systems and methodology to meet our new virtual reality. Help your clients with online training options including hosting sessions, overcoming common problems, client FAQ, technology. Learn how to attract new clients to virtual training.

You’ll be able to:

  • Transition new and existing clients from in-person to virtual sessions.
  • Adjust their training programming and protocol to safely and effectively train clients online.
  • Learn tips to overcome client objections about training online and use that information to gain new clients.

Faculty: Malin Svensson, MA, Founder & CEO, Nordic Body.

Design principles in multisensory stimulation rooms for dementia: Design on a dimeKathleen Weissberg

Sensory stimulation uses everyday objects to arouse the senses to engage or calm an individual. Hear how sensory stimulation impacts the person living with dementia so that you can set up a room or a space in their community using best practice design principles. Engage in this “design on a dime” approach to building a safe environment where loved ones can explore all five senses to engage or calm them without relying on pharmacology.

You’ll be able to:

  • Identify calming and stimulating sensory interventions for persons with dementia.
  • Learn the benefits of multisensory stimulation for dementia and enumerate design principles for creating a multisensory space.
  • Recognize everyday objects, activities, low-tech and sensory inputs to include in a multisensory environment to facilitate purposeful engagement.

Faculty: Kathleen Weissberg, MS, OTD, OTR/L, CMDCP, CDP, Director of Education, Select Rehabilitation.

Using technology to deliver music as medicine for immunity, isolation & COVID challengesAndy Tubman

Music therapy supports clinical goals including reducing isolation, mobilizing lung fluids and improving respiration and immunity especially with the challenges due to COVID-19. Go on a journey with a music therapist to learn the science and technology behind active music making. Learn how music and technology can elevate therapeutic programming in your communities to meet the needs of residents and staff, including those with dementia.

You’ll be able to:

  • Discover the science behind how active music making impacts our neurological, physical and emotional health.
  • Communicate at least 3 best practices when implementing top-tier musical care to colleagues during and after the pandemic.
  • Recognize the technological tools available to care for those ages 65 plus.

Faculty: Andy Tubman, MT-BC, Cofounder and Chief Clinical Officer, Musical Health Technologies.

Food, the amazing medicineTricia Silverman

Discover food and nutrition strategies to mitigate against heart disease, cancer, diabetes, Alzheimer’s and other chronic health issues. See why food truly is medicine and how eating strategically may help keep the doctor and medicine away. Learn about food and nutrition research that impacts active agers and practical tips to support vibrant health.

You’ll be able to:

  • Describe which foods are associated with improving memory.
  • List at least 3 sources of healthful fats that contribute to optimal mental functioning.
  • Identify the hydration and protein guidelines for healthy older adults.

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

Exercise programs: Just one thingLibby Norris & Ruth Parliament

In this session, explore how to use just one thing in your home or facility to create classes that are engaging and functional. Identify barriers for participants and how to make it easy for them to set up with proper space and equipment. Receive templates for exercise blocks that offer entry points and progressions for broad ranges of abilities and comfort levels, along with creative equipment and exercise exchanges.

You’ll be able to:

  • Design group exercise formats that combine fundamental movement patterns and optimize options using unilateral, core and stability training.
  • Learn to create program plans that optimize opportunities with limited space, time and equipment while optimizing results.
  • Evaluate barriers to exercise and increase opportunities for resistance and stability training.

Faculty: Libby Norris, BA, Fitness Manager, City of Mississauga, and Ruth Parliament, Fitness and Wellness Consultant, Inspired Energy.

Resistance training: The Swiss Army knife of exerciseJoseph Signorile

Resistance training is no longer a one-dimensional tool designed solely to increase strength. Research shows that through proper programming, these machines can address health concerns like cardiovascular fitness or cognitive decline. Training can also increase independence and reduce fall risk. Learn how changes in training variables like load, movement speed and work-to-recovery ratios can target strength, power aerobic capacity, functional performance, metabolic syndrome and cognition.

You’ll be able to:

  • Create resistance training programs to target strength, power aerobic capacity, functional performance, metabolic syndrome and cognition.
  • Explain to clients and staff how and why differences in training variables can increase independence and reduce fall probability.
  • Understand how to program resistance training for long term, multifaceted prescriptions to address needs of clients and employees.

Faculty: Joseph Signorile, PhD, Professor, University of Miami.

1:15 p.m.-2:00 p.m. PT (Pacific Time)

Idea exchange and wrap up

Join your colleagues for these idea-sharing sessions on how you have "Reset" your wellness programs and environment to address today's new reality.