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 BODY

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: Faculty: Lawrence Biscontini, MA, Founder, FG2000

Session 2: Wake up with wellness : Start your day with a song in your heart and love of life

Stimulate your body and brain by moving like a Symphonic Conductor. Bring JOY and SMILES to your entire being, and leave the session with new found energy that will catapult you through and amazing day with the ICAA

Faculty: Faculty: David Dworkin, CEO, Conductorcise

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)

Wellness—the Canyon Ranch wayDustin Nabhan

What is the Canyon Ranch way? Learn about this person-centered integrative model supported by five pillars of wellness—health and performance, mind and spirit, fitness and movement, nutrition and food, spa and beauty. Discover how Canyon Ranch has evolved its approach to wellness while remaining a global leader in the field. Study this transformational success story to create your own wellness model.

You’ll be able to:

  • Better understand what wellness is and what it means for your clients.
  • Appreciate the performance mindset and its relationship to the pursuit of wellness.
  • Become familiar with the Canyon Ranch model of facilitating a well way of life.

Faculty: Dustin Nabhan, VP for Health & Performance for Canyon Ranch.

How virtual reality is changing workforce learningErin Washington

Discover the ways that engaging with embodied training in virtual reality can accelerate learning, deepen understanding of aging and give caregivers insights that lead to significant changes in workplace behaviors and attitudes. Hear about the benefits in senior living communities and Fortune 500 companies of using immersive training modules, including stronger emotional and cultural intelligence, and better wellness outcomes for older adults.

You’ll be able to:

  • Identify why immersive learning using embodied virtual reality is an effective training tool for caregivers and people who serve older adults.
  • Recognize how immersive, embodied training fosters rapid insights about living a meaningful life despite chronic conditions.
  • Identify ways to implement embodied training in your organization or community to aid in stronger communication and conflict resolution skills.

Faculty: Erin Washington, MLS, Co-founder, Embodied Labs.

Brain Power fitness challenge classCammy Dennis, Jessica Pinkowski & Ryan Glatt

Challenge your brain power with carefully crafted fitness drills combined with cognitive challenges that you can incorporate into exercise sessions. Participate in a “Brain Power” class and discover the neuroscience that supports healthier cognitive aging. The fitness aspect of this class focuses on balance and gait, while cognitive challenges focus on attention, memory, reaction time and executive functioning.

You’ll be able to:

  • Incorporate seated and standing exercises coupled with cognitive challenges.
  • Understand the fundamental neuroscience underlying cognitive aging and combined cognitive and physical training.
  • Apply cognitive and physical training techniques to build your own “Brain Power” exercises and/or class.

Faculty: Cammy Dennis, BBA, CPT, Fitness Director; Jessica Pinkowski, CPT, NPI-CPS, Group Fitness Supervisor, On Top of the World Communities, Inc.; and Ryan Glatt, BSc, Brain Health Coach, Pacific Brain Health Center.

More than books: Library services and older adultsFatima Perkins

Demographics are changing and communities are growing older. Yet libraries remain a respectful, established focal point that offers engagement for all ages. Explore how to connect with libraries to offer innovative, informative and interactive programs to older adults. Hear an overview of effective practices along with practical examples of how libraries provide impactful programs for older participants.

You’ll be able to:

  • Identify effective strategies to collaborate with libraries.
  • Understand benefits and challenges to partnering with libraries.
  • Create an engaging library program.

Faculty: Fatima Perkins, MSLIS, Director, Community Outreach & Advocacy, Western Reserve Area Agency on Aging.

Forest bathing: Bringing in nature engagement programs Shirley Archer

Forest bathing, also known as Shinrin yoku, is growing in popularity worldwide. Join a certified forest therapy guide to learn about this practice, its evidence-based support, why it is beneficial and how to experience it either indoors or outside. Take home ideas for offering nature-based wellness experiences with your clients. Bring a favorite nature treasure like a shell, rock, feather or twig.

You’ll be able to:

  • Learn about the benefits of forest bathing for wellness.
  • Understand the evidence-based benefits of the practice along with techniques for doing it indoors or outside.
  • Practice “nature invitations” together for a first-hand sensory experience.

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

Restore mobility and reduce pain in feet and handsMargot McKinnon

Painful feet and hands are common as we age and can severely limit independence. However, knowing how to restore motion and release tension in these areas leads to improved function and pain reduction. Learn how better function and comfort in our feet and hands can help issues in knees and hips, or neck and shoulders. Understand the intricate layers of muscles and joints to tailor exercise sequences so that even simple ADL(Activities of Daily Living) tasks become more manageable.

You’ll be able to:

  • Gain an understanding of the layers of muscles and joints in the feet and hands.
  • Learn a "hand dance" and a "foot dance" to share with your clients and communities to restore function and comfort.
  • Explore how to use foot and hand exercises for positive outcomes in other joints of the body’s kinetic chain.

Faculty: Margot McKinnon, MEd, Founder and CEO of Body Harmonics Inc.

Down and back up with greater ease Elise Foss & Becky Liston

Fall prevention is critical for maintaining independence and longevity; yet falls will happen. Understand why information alone about minimizing injuries from falls is not sufficient, and how the response needs to be integrated by the nervous system to be available when needed. Understand how being able to get up from the floor and transfer upright is important to independence, instilling confidence that the body can move with ease.

You’ll be able to:

  • Learn developmental stage movements from Bartenieff training to prepare the body to work from a more connected place to maintain mobility and strength to move with ease.
  • Experience exercises that can train individuals to fall with as little damage as possible to their bodies, incorporating best practice physical therapy strategies and yoga along with somatic repatterning training.
  • Identify exercises that help individuals get up with ease, finding the necessary balance between stability and mobility through the spine, shoulders, hips, knees, ankles and feet.

Faculty: Elise Foss, MS, Fitness and Wellness Expert/Movement Re-education Specialist, VivaElise, and Becky Liston, PT, Integrated Physical Therapy and Yoga.

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

Precision longevity: Rethinking what it means to live long and prosperVonda Wright

Active-aging authority Dr. Vonda Wright will detail the new science and technologies enabling professionals to design and implement “precision longevity plans” for individuals. The goal of such plans, she notes, is not only to optimize longevity, but also to extend “health span” to equal “life span.” In her practice, Wright cares for athletes and active people of all ages and skill levels. Her pioneering research in mobility and musculoskeletal aging continues to influence how people view and treat the aging process.

Faculty: Vonda Wright, MD, MS, is a board certified orthopedic surgeon, sports medicine specialist, biotech consultant, health innovator and internationally recognized authority on active aging and mobility. Currently, Dr. Wright serves as inaugural Chief of Sports Medicine and Orthopedics for Northside Health System in Atlanta, Georgia, where she cares for athletes and active people of all ages and skill levels. She is the founding director of the Performance and Research Initiative for Masters Athletes (PRIMA), and was inaugural Medical Director of the UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex. Wright inspires audiences worldwide with keynote presentations that draw on her clinical and research experience. She believes with mobility, smart nutrition and relationship-building, people can harness their power to control 70% of their health and aging. Wright has authored five books, including Fitness After 40: How to Stay Strong at 40, 50, 60 and Beyond and Masterful Care of the Aging Athlete. She appears regularly in the media and on television shows. Wright also serves on medical boards for the Arthritis Foundation, Lake Nona and others.

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

12-minute solutions: Leveraging new technologies to empower wellnessGabe Ross, Veena Somareddy, Lauren Foley

Innovative technologies are enhancing independence through activities, decreasing isolation and boosting wellness and quality of life for older adults.

7 innovative technologies to foster joy in older adults
Learn how ground-breaking devices can boost happiness and other positive feelings in older adults, significantly improving their emotional well-being, health and quality of life.

Faculty: Gabe Ross, National Sales Manager, SensoryOne.

Physical and mental wellness with immersive virtual reality
Covid-19 has impacted mental well-being, decreased physical activity and heightened feelings of isolation in older adults. This session will provide an overview of how virtual reality offers fun, engaging ways to motivate your clients and residents to participate in physical and cognitive activities to improve cardiovascular efficiency and mental health.

Faculty: Veena Somareddy, Co-founder & CEO, Neuro Rehab VR.

The power of technology to facilitate connection and well-being
Learn about targeted, person-centered approaches to decreasing loneliness and social isolation in senior living communities. These strategies include leveraging technology to keep older adults connected, leading to greater resident well-being, family satisfaction and organizational success.

Faculty: Lauren Foley, Director, Enterprise Accounts, iN2L

12 minute solution: Aligning resident engagement with business goalsAdrienne Mansfield, Charles de Vilmorin, Whitney Meredith

Marketing is no longer an entity separate from customer satisfaction, as smart programming can increase both occupancy and resident engagement.

Creating a cohesive brand experience
Ready to change your sales/marketing game? Grow occupancy and develop a pipeline of SQL leads? Uncover what stands between you and crushing your goals to build a strategy for measurable results in 2022. Get actionable insights about sales and marketing alignment and a seamless customer journey during this members-exclusive session.

Faculty: Adrienne Mansfield, Group Co-Founder, Adage Marketing.

How to run life enrichment like a business force
Resident engagement has become a core senior living marketing asset, foundational to person centered care. Explore how such care has been effective for decades yet remains the least managed side of operations. Learn benchmarks and case studies that reveal how Linked Senior improves resident engagement, outcomes and census.

Faculty: Charles de Vilmorin, CEO, Linked Senior.

Increasing engagement through art activities
Join a brief overview of lessons and art activities geared toward programming leaders working with adult audiences. Explore the teaching, learning and recreational experiences of artmaking for all ages and skill levels. Lessons include downloadable PDF, photos, step-by-step instructions, materials list and some video instruction.

Faculty: Whitney Meredith, Educational Developer, BLICK Art Materials.

12-minute solution: Giving more attention to discreet issues

Quality of life and clinical outcomes in senior living facilities can be greatly improved by learning how to provide better support for discreet needs such as incontinence and touchless massage.

Increase social engagement and improve clinical outcomes
Incontinence is an important but little discussed topic that can hamper a person’s quality of life and overall wellbeing if not approached properly. Learn how to provide better support for those living with incontinence under your care so as to increase their social engagement and improve clinical outcomes.

Faculty: Deanna Vigliotta, National Sales Manager, Seni.

Touchless massage in the age of Covid
Explore innovative solutions to customizing touchless massage therapies for older adults. We will address concerns about transmission of Covid-19 from massage therapists and alternative ways to provide the benefits of massage for your clients and senior living residents.

Faculty: Jeff Josephson, Hospitality, Multifamily and Senior Living, HydroMassage.

Microbiome: Why it’s relevant to your residents
The microbiome is a hot topic today. Learn what makes up our vast internal ecosystem and its symbiotic relationship to health and wellness. Discover how you might incorporate this knowledge into your programming to help encourage residents to add probiotic-rich foods into their diets.

Faculty: Alison Lively, Certified Health Coach, Best Years Group.

12 minute solutions: Connecting physical and fiscal health

Wellness rehabilitation programs not only improve older adult independence; they can also be a significant driver of revenue benefits in senior living communities.

Improving independence through exercise
Slips and trips that lead to falls can happen to anyone quickly at any time. In this short session, learn how exercising at the speed of life can improve independence and arrest falls, increasing functional strength, balance and power in active agers.

Faculty: Corey Disler, Market Specialist Rehabilitation and Active Aging, Keiser.

Physical health as the driver of fiscal health
Implementing wellness initiatives using functional equipment and programming can significantly impact the health of your business. Understand how improving residents’ wellbeing helps them gain and maintain independence. Study this “dollars and cents” analysis outlining the revenue benefits of incorporating fitness into CCRCs.

Faculty: Joe Turngren, Medical Sales Manager, Matrix Fitness.

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)

Technology & personalized service for member engagementBill McBride

Understanding consumers' newest concerns and behaviors is key to higher levels of engagement. Focus on the benefits of adding technology and enhanced personalization to your customer service and resident/member experience approach. Learn how to enhance the overall relationship with your customers.

You’ll be able to:

  • Differentiate between health & fitness & lifestyle.
  • Reposition your approach for a better solution for members and customers.
  • Use systems, technologies and methodologies to create better outcomes for the consumer and the organization.

Faculty: Bill McBride, BSBA, CEO/President, Active Wellness

The power of intention and quality for successful resident programmingKelly Stranburg, Sara Kyle & Verna Chisman

Resident programming has historically been built on a “more is better” concept but the Coronavirus pandemic highlighted how outdated that approach is. Learn how critical the resident voice is, what metrics substantiate successful programming, and how the quality of an activity is more significant than total offerings. Design a process to learn what matters most to your residents, how to assess if programs are well received and a new approach to designing a calendar of offerings to meet resident, operator, family and community expectations.

You’ll be able to:

  • Recognize how routine daily offerings and static monthly calendars are the antithesis of curiosity, spontaneity and novelty.
  • Educate residents, families and staffing, especially sales and operations teams, about quality over volume.
  • Identify metrics to create an engagement scorecard that doesn’t dependent solely on attendance and participation in any particular category.

Faculty: Kelly Stranburg, MS, CEP, CSCS, Principal; Sara Kyle, Ph.D., Founder & Principal, LE3 Solutions; and Verna Chisman, BBA, President, Allure and Wellness Management Services.

From memories to memoir: Enhancing wellness, building communityLinda Sasser

Writing memoir allows people to exercise their minds and enhance memory. Learn how memoir improves mental alertness and increases wellbeing, building community by enabling class members to connect more deeply with each other. Memoirs also create a legacy for family and friends. Learn exercises and identify resources you can implement to inspire and engage residents in creating memoir.

You’ll be able to:

  • Plan and lead a memoir writing class.
  • Help residents strengthen their cognitive abilities through exercises for recalling memories and writing and sharing life stories.
  • Build community by having residents share their stories with peers, family and friends.

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

Robotic companion pets: Combatting social isolation during COVID-19Ted Fisher, Alexis Travis & Tammy Cordes

This session focuses on how Joy for All Companion Pets helped aging agencies and elder care providers help their communities combat social isolation and loneliness during the COVID-19 pandemic. Be inspired by engaging stories from robotic companion pet recipients and their families who share the positive impacts this program has made.

You’ll be able to:

  • Define social isolation and loneliness and describe their interrelationship.
  • Describe strategies to identify and reach out to populations at risk of social isolation and loneliness.
  • Explain the psychosocial benefits of robotic companion pets and how to apply these learnings to relevant populations.

Faculty: Ted Fisher, BA, Co-founder & CEO, Ageless Innovation LLC, and Alexis Travis, PhD, Senior Deputy Director, Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, Aging & Adult Services Agency. Tammy Cordes, MA, Special Projects Coordinator , MLTC Ombudsman Program.

Worksite health promotion programs within long-term care settingsKelly Doran & Barbara Resnick

Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, long-term care staff typically experienced higher levels of stress and lower engagement in health promotion behaviors compared to the general population. These outcomes impact not only staff but also facilities and residents indirectly. Hear how evidence based worksite health promotion programs can improve staff and facility outcomes and possibly also resident outcomes. Learn lessons and data from three worksite health promotion studies aimed at increasing heart health behaviors (exercise, diet, sleep, stress, etc.).

You’ll be able to:

  • Apply at least 3 motivational strategies to engage employees in long-term care worksite health promotion programs.
  • Apply at least 2 outcomes to measure the effectiveness of worksite health promotion programs within long-term care.
  • Apply at least 4 evidence based worksite health promotion interventions within long-term care.

Faculty: Kelly Doran, PhD, RN, Associate Professor, and Barbara Resnick, PhD, CRNP, Professor, University of Maryland School of Nursing.

Keep on keeping the beat for dementia wellnessLulu Leathley

This is a session of music making to teach its therapeutic effects in relaxing clients suffering from high anxiety and stress related to dementia. Music also encourages brain neuroplasticity and multidimensional benefits for whole-person wellness. Learn techniques to bring calmness using bells, gongs and drums. Participate in body movement, auditory stimulation, playing instruments, singing, and guiding the group toward a therapeutic purpose. No prior musical experience necessary.

You’ll be able to:

  • Lead an interactive participatory musical session using rhythmic activities, songs and movement.
  • Use ideas presented to uplift and/or calm clients who are experiencing anxiety, depression, frustration or disorientation.
  • Use these activities to motivate your team and to support your clients and yourself.

Faculty: Lulu Leathley, BA, Founder, LuluJam.

Power for the ageless: Be explosiveLinda Magee

Power, as the production of force and speed, is essential for activities of daily living and maintaining function. Review the normal physiological changes of aging and how to mitigate declines in functionality, mobility and independence. Learn ACSM recommendations for training older adults as the research basis of the exercises for whole body functional fitness. Create three class formats to increase power in your active aging populations.

You’ll be able to:

  • Explain the normal physiological changes that take place due to aging.
  • Administer the SPPB (Short Performance Physical Battery) test and understand the ACSM guidelines for physical activity for older adults.
  • Put together a workout emphasizing power for older adults including upper and lower body muscle groups.

Faculty: Linda Magee, MA, Proprietor, Magee Fitness & Education.

Active chair based flexibility training for every bodyCindy Kozacek

Stretching is beneficial for all bodies, whether athletic or less active. Explaining increased range of motion, increased circulation and improved posture, teach your clients how to reduce imbalances within muscles and joints that could lead to skeletal pain and injury.

You’ll be able to:

  • Understand benefits of flexibility training as an essential component of all exercise programs, whether working with athletes, moderate exercisers or deconditioned individuals.
  • Develop flexibility training for individuals with varying abilities with seated stretches and chair-supported standing stretches.
  • • Design class sessions that include dynamic stretching for gentle warming of muscles, connection of breath with active stretch to increase ROM and breath efficiency, and relaxation techniques for stress reduction.

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

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.